In the tradition of great seafaring adventures, The Voyage is an intricately plotted, superbly detailed, and gripping story of adventure and courage. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Caputo has written a timeless novel about the dangerous reverberating effects of long held family secrets.
On a June morning in 1901, Cyrus Braithwaite orders his three sons to set sail from their Maine home aboard the family's forty-six-foot schooner and not return until September. Though confused and hurt by their father's cold-blooded actions, the three brothers soon rise to the occasion and embark on a breathtakingly perilous journey down the East Coast, headed for the Florida Keys.
Almost one hundred years later, Cyrus's great-granddaughter Sybil sets out to uncover the events that transpired on the voyage. Her discoveries about the Braithwaite family and the America they lived in unfolds into a stunning tale of intrigue, murder, lies and deceit.
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Intriguing Multigenerational Mystery
There is a mystery embedded in the novel, but this is no mystery story. The main story line is set at the beginning of the 20th Century, but the narrative stretches back and forward in time with everything revealed in a brief (maybe too brief as the big reveal is like a Miss Marple mystery where in successive paragraphs in a single conversation, all the convoluted interconnected events are explained). It's a little rushed and trite; perhaps seeming more so in contrast to the fulsome and flowing narrative that preceded this seeming rush to end.
The graphic descriptions of the sailing ships and the effects of weather and winds is truly artful and wonderful to read.
This is the first Caputo book I have read, but I'm now planning to expand on this very pleasing experience.