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The Balloonist

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The acclaimed novel of love, ambition, and Arctic adventure "told with fin de siecle elegance"—with an introduction by Philip Pullman (Kirkus Reviews).

It is July 1897, at the northernmost reach of the inhabited world. Swedish inventor Gustav Crispin is determined to become the first person to set foot on the North Pole, and return, borne by hot air balloon. Making the expedition with two companions—an American journalist and a young, French-speaking adventurer—all three climb into the small wicker gondola and cuts the ropes. But as Gustav pursues his history-making ambition, and their flimsy balloon is battered by Arctic winds, his mind returns again and again to his fraught romance with the beautiful Luisa.

Nominated for the National Book Award in 1977, The Balloonist was hailed by Mary Renault as a "tour de force." The story of Gustav Crispin is "chilling and comic by turn . . . An unusual mixture of Arctic adventure and Parisian love story with philosophic overtones" (Kirkus Reviews).


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Publisher: ABRAMS (Ignition)

Kindle Book

  • Release date: May 15, 2019

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  • ISBN: 9781468303735
  • Release date: May 15, 2019

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  • ISBN: 9781468303735
  • File size: 704 KB
  • Release date: May 15, 2019

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English

The acclaimed novel of love, ambition, and Arctic adventure "told with fin de siecle elegance"—with an introduction by Philip Pullman (Kirkus Reviews).

It is July 1897, at the northernmost reach of the inhabited world. Swedish inventor Gustav Crispin is determined to become the first person to set foot on the North Pole, and return, borne by hot air balloon. Making the expedition with two companions—an American journalist and a young, French-speaking adventurer—all three climb into the small wicker gondola and cuts the ropes. But as Gustav pursues his history-making ambition, and their flimsy balloon is battered by Arctic winds, his mind returns again and again to his fraught romance with the beautiful Luisa.

Nominated for the National Book Award in 1977, The Balloonist was hailed by Mary Renault as a "tour de force." The story of Gustav Crispin is "chilling and comic by turn . . . An unusual mixture of Arctic adventure and Parisian love story with philosophic overtones" (Kirkus Reviews).


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