The following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Indifferent Stars" by Peter Traynor.
It has been abridged.
4 out of 4 stars
A man embarks on a one-way trip to Hudson Bay. Arctic wilderness doesn’t seem like a pleasant destination for a vacation, so what is this man looking for? God? Himself? Death?
The Indifferent Stars is about a man who lost the love of his life. Now he is capable of anything. He is even capable of leaving one day to a place where he can never be found. He feels lost, so what better way to find yourself than to get lost for real? Although the man presents himself later in the book, I will leave the name for those who want to discover him themselves. Alongside a rather mysterious captain, he explores the unknown. Will he find what awaits him at the end of the road?
The book is incredibly short. My pdf had only 30 pages. I suggest to read it all in a sitting and to take your time to assimilate the feelings it carries. It has a more powerful impression on you that way. I was compelled by the cover, by the sensation of wonder it gave. I felt like the author had a story worth telling. The story brought me a feeling of harmony, and the author’s writing style soothed me like he whispered tales of a faraway land to me before sleep.
Although the book is short, the few characters are very engaging. It’s fun to see the developing of the relationship between the widower and Ned, his strange companion. I was looking forward to their interactions. The book also describes the life on a boat, the food, the loneliness.
The connection with the universe, with nature, is another aspect of the book that drew me in. The evocative spirit of the book makes you wonder about life, death, love, friendship. You empathize with the character, which is what I most enjoyed about the book. I found myself on that boat with him, seeing the northern lights, having nothing to lose. I felt a connection with the character because I am also looking for something like he is. And I am sure many of us are.
There is a beautiful sad passage about losing the woman he loved. I think that it can best represent the book. “How do you cope with the death of someone you have loved for over forty years? Where does everything go? The laughter, the tears, the funny moments, so many little annoyances. They disappear, like treasured possessions from a burgled house, never to be seen again. How does a person just disappear like that? It makes no sense.”
Some incredible landscapes are captured between the pages of this book. I recommend it to people who enjoy books that portray a connection between nature and humans and to lovers of travel. The descriptive writing will lure you in immediately.
I would’ve liked to read more of this story, but I am pleased with how much I’ve got. The Indifferent Stars is a short novella about an unexpected journey to the Arctic wilderness. The widower seeks the comfort of being disconnected from his life. The book manages to capture a wide variety of emotions and landscapes in a very brief number of pages. The author seems to have deliberately omitted some commas, but otherwise, I’ve found very few mistakes. Thus I give 4 out of 4 stars to The Indifferent Stars by Peter R. Traynor.