Item description for Wake of the Raven by Graham Worthington...
Wake of the Raven is a story of the world's corruption, of forbidden desire and its awful consequences. In 1951, Stuart seeks to repair his broken marriage, and heads back to England in pursuit of his faithless wife. He must first cross the South China Sea to Singapore, a minor step in the voyage. But when an accident burdens him with the care of a precocious girl, the journey becomes a nightmarish odyssey through storm, desire and death. The mere hundred miles or so of sea is now an impassable barrier, confining him and his bitter thoughts to a narrow strip of sand and jungle, and he is reduced to an animal struggle for survival, with nothing but the girl and thoughts of the dead to help him. Like all people, evil wars in him with good, fear with ambition, desire with conscience. But when the girl's greater problems arouse his sympathy, it seems that good will triumph, for he unselfishly promises his help. The result is a disaster that strides towards him fully armed, with disgrace, murder and suicide clenched in its fists.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5" Height: 8" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jan 10, 2007
Publisher Mill City Press, Inc.
ISBN 193424807X ISBN13 9781934248072
Reviews - What do customers think about Wake of the Raven?
Brilliant Jul 21, 2007
I was hesitant to read Wake of the Raven because I didn't think it was "my type of book."
After reading it, though, I realize that it is EVERYONE'S type of book. It is the type of read that will appeal to different ages, genders and personalities. It is timeless, well written and I urge all readers to pick up a copy!
Lolita in the South Pacific Jul 8, 2007
Author Graham Worthington has created a fictional world in "The Wake of the Raven" that isn't easily categorized. It's not your standard adventure yarn, nor is it a survivor tale filled with moments of high anxiety. In this book, which has The Raven (an airplane) crashing near a deserted island, a young man and a pre-pubescent girl are the only survivors. The way they find a way to eke out a living and to continue to hope for rescue is infectious and endlessly intriguing. But it isn't until the psychological drama begins that the book gathers speed. As they await for help to arrive, the man becomes unavoidably attracted to the young girl, who runs around in a perfectly understandable state of undress. She is curious about him and he is tormented by her, until it seems the man's sanity will crack. Without giving away the ending, this book thoroughly plums the soul of a sexually aware man who also is burdened with the yoke of cultural responsibility, resulting in a conflict so deep it threatens both characters. The island scenes are interspersed with scenes of a more stiff-upper-lip scandal unfolding in London. It's an interesting foil to the drama unfolding on the island. Coming from a small publisher, this book has some editing gaffes that a larger house would have tidied up. But don't let that stop you from enjoying this most penetrating look at sex, morals, and the business of living from day to day in a world perhaps not so different from our own.
A surprising, engaging read Jun 22, 2007
This book really surprised me, both in it's excellent writing style, and unusual content. A bit reminiscent of Nabakov's Lolita in content, but at the same time, a really fresh, unusual, and surprisingly sensitive (if still disturbing) look at a relationship between an older man and a young girl. One of the strongest points of the novel is the phsycholological aspects of each character - I was amazed at the way the author really seemed to understand the pyschology of an [...]girl. And the way he makes you sympathetic to characters to whom your knee-jerk reaction would have otherwise been to judge as terrible. The reader becomes sympathetic to these characters, at the same time feeling disturbed for being so affected.
A sensitive and honest exploration of sexual discovery and human relations, this novel will if nothing else REALLY make you think. I read it some months ago, and still find myself thinking about it, hashing over certain situations, and, indeed, feeling disturbed about some of the events. Either way, I hadn't read such a thought provoking novel in a long time. It's sad that really innovative literature like this can't find a wider audience through mainstream publishing, but it is one that I hope eventually finds the note and recognition it deserves.
Historical psychological/erotic thriller Feb 22, 2007
An ordinary sort of guy is trapped somewhere in the South China Sea with a schoolgirl, and as they get to like each other things get a bit to erotic, to put it mildly. Finally only murder seems the way out. At first I thought this was a straightforward adventure novel, like Lionel Davidson or Hammond Innes used to write, but gradually it became a psychological thriller, probing deeply into the mentality of a man drawn step by step into a relationship with a minor, until finally his obsession rules his life.
This is a solid story, well told, which doesn't worry about what should and shouldn't put into print, so parts of it are pretty hair raising. I didn't think it was possible to publish anything like this.
The whole story sounds more like the truth about people's sexual behavior than most people would care to admit. The author says it's basically true, and it's got the ring of truth.
In either case, once I'd started I couldn't put it down.