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Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings by Jonathan Raban
Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings

brightmind, September 3, 2007

A Passage to Juneau is an enjoyable read. It is both a diverting escape and an authentic-feeling personal look at a changing sea with little resemblance to the Inside Passage of the cruise ship brochures. It is also an escape into the mind of an author whose range and literary depth and life experience are sometimes as hard to fathom as the coastal waters he travels.

As he follows the trail of the Vancouver expedition in search of the Northwest Passage, author Jonathan Raban meanders between the stories of explorers and storytellers of the past, and the memories, navigational hazards, and encounters of his personal journey.

Reading the book is much like a sailing voyage itself, calm and lost in thought one moment, urgently dealing with a change in weather the next. Readers able to follow the author's course will find rewards in insight, history, literature, geography and folklore worth the journey. Readers who prefer a straighter path should stay in port.
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