Semplicemente avvincente dalla prima pagina. Per 780 pagine non si perde mai il ritmo e la tensione che percorre tutta la storia.
Simmons tratteggia una storia del terrore senza però cadere nello splatter e sempre tenendo un occhio fisso sulla coerenza con gli eventi storici: tra le righe si leggono tutti gli errori commessi nella spedizione, che avrebbero reso l'esito differente. Per me c'è anche un chiave di lettura morale su quel periodo di esplorazioni al limite e sulla cultura che le sosteneva.
If I could I'd rank it as 3.5 stars. It was reverting from the beginning until maybe 3/4 through. After that, especially the incessant references to The Terror on the ice, gets wearisome. The 700+ pages could do with at least 50 less. This is more fantastical fiction than historical dramatization. To give it credit, the novel piqued my interest enough to move on to nonfiction accounts. But I agree with Franklin researcher Russell Potter that this is "the heaping of the impossible on top of the improbable"....Continua
This is based on a true expedition to find the Northwest Passage. The two expedition ships HMS Erebus and Terror vanished almost without trace. This book is a wonderful exercise in what if.
An author has to be very competent to demand a reader's attention for more than 500 pages. For more than 700 they have to be amazing. This is a brilliant book. Creepy, menacing, atmospheric and well-researched, with some wonderfully human characters, but weirdly unworldly in places which means I"m going to have to re-read it again at some point.
One small complaint. I'm curious to know what happened to a group of minor characters who simply walk off about 150 pages before the end, never to be mentioned again. The lack of information about what happens to them is a bit distracting.
The Terror is a fascinating historical fiction about the doomed Franklin Expedition. It's a slow and chilling story about how the struggle for survival brings out the best and worst of human beings. If the book has a fault, it is that sometimes you give up hope....Continua