To the White Sea Book Summary and Study Guide

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An American WWII gunner named Muldrow is shot down and lands in Tokyo. Amidst the chaos of the US firebombing of Tokyo in 1944, he makes his way up North, hoping to find his way back to his home in his native Alaska.
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The terrain itself is a character, and the character changes as Muldrow moves from Tokyo to the countryside to the snow. Sometimes the terrain fights Muldrow, somethings hides him, sometimes shelters him in beautiful places where Muldrow can feel more happiness than he claims he ever has before. Other people drift in and out, but they rarely last more than a page.

At the same time, the book is very brutal. Muldrow is completely amoral in his drive to get home. He is willing to kill for supplies he needs to get home.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Exploring into the wild    -   Yes kind of story    -   struggle to get home

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   North Pole    -   Ocean

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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