Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings

Pantheon Books, 1999 - 435 pagina's
Though it takes the form of a solo voyage in a small boat from Seattle to Juneau, this is no day-by-day, point-to-point travelogue but an attempt to unravel the deepest meanings of the sea in art, literature and mythology, as well as in daily life, by concentrating on this particular sea. The Inside Passage is an extraordinarily complicated route, in continuous operation for several thousand years and now a well charted and buoyed marine freeway, in places choked with fishing boats, tugs, barges, yachts and cruise ships, all following its serpentine course between the Puget Sound and the Alaska Panhandle. Parts are open ocean, parts no wider than a smallish river; some stretches are shallow, muddy seas in their own right, others sunken chasms as deep as 1200 feet; and along the way there's everything from clear sailing to violent tides and whirlpools sandwiched between islands to the port side and plunging mountains to starboard. Woven into this vast, thousand-mile canvass are: -- The bestwriting I've read on the aboriginal culture of, in particular, the Salish and Kwakiutl tribes, their art, animism and seaborne life -- long obsc

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Gebruikersrecensie  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

Loved this book. Sailing with Mr. Raban is an adventure in history, natural history, philosophy and it is amusing as well. Even though his adventure had a rather bitter ending, it was good to be along ... Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - Grace.Van.Moer - LibraryThing

I want to like Arabian, but find that he often goes on for too long. The history of the initial British exploration of the Inside Passage while interesting and integral, could have been shorter by two or three chapter (at least). I did manage to finish this one, but it was a slog. Volledige review lezen


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Over de auteur (1999)

Jonathan Raban is the author of Old Glory, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, and Bad Land (all available from Vintage Books), Coasting, and the novel Foreign Land; he also edited the Oxford Book of the Sea. He has received the Heinemann Award for Literature, the Thomas Cook Award, and the Governor's Award of the State of Washington. Bad Land's other prizes include the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Pen West Creative Nonfiction Award. In 1990 Raban moved from London to Seattle, where he lives with his daughter.

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