Reading the River

Reading the River

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a€œJohn Hildebrand sets out in a canoe . . . to explore the great riverway of northwestern Canada and Alaska. . . . The geography is closely rendered and the characters especially sharply drawn. The country is filled with mad dropouts at river fish camps, good-hearted girls in the towns, sullen natives in tumbledown villages, cranky old-timers, terrible drunks and worse moralizers who live off the wild landscape and its abundant resources. . . . This is a fine work, and Hildebrand is a fine writer.a€a€”Charles E. Little, WildernessMost of the thirty thousand farmers, store clerks, and cowboys that sailed down the Yukon in the summer of 1898 ... Removing the engine cowling, he fiddled with the spark plugs, then realized hea#39;d left the proper manual back at the shop.

Title:Reading the River
Author: John Hildebrand
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2009-07-30

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