Williwaw (novel)

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The first edition
Author Gore Vidal
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 222
ISBN 0919948553
Followed by In a Yellow Wood

Williwaw is the debut novel of Gore Vidal, written when he was 19 and first mate of a U.S. Army supply ship stationed in the Aleutian Islands. The story combines war drama, maritime adventure and a murder plot. The book was first published in 1946 in the United States by E.P. Dutton. Williwaw is the term, widely thought to be Native American in origin, for a sudden, violent katabatic wind common to the Aleutian Islands.

Plot summary[edit]

The story is set on a U.S. ship in the Arctic waters around the Aleutians in the Pacific Ocean in the middle of the local storm season during WW2. The nervousness and tension of the crew and a handful of passengers at the approach of the williwaw is stretched to breaking point when a murder is committed on the ship.