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"I Married the Klondike is a Canadian classic that has been anthologized, serialized and televised and in her twilight years it brought to my mother a modicum of fame, which she thoroughly enjoyed." Pierre Berton

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"I have read many books on the Yukon, but this is different. It is the gallant personality of the author which shines on every page, and makes her chronicle a saga of the High North." Robert Service, poet — The Cremation of Sam McGee

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In 1907, Laura Beatrice Berton, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher, left her comfortable life in Toronto Ontario to teach in a Yukon mining town. She fell in love with the North — and with a northerner — and made Dawson City her home for the next 25 years. I Married the Klondike is her classic and enduring memoir.

When she first arrived by steamboat in Dawson City, Berton expected to find a rough mining town full of grizzled miners, scarlet-clad Mounties and dance-hall girls. And while these and other memorable characters did abound, she quickly discovered why the town was nicknamed the Paris of the North. Although the gold rush was over, the townsfolk still clung to the lavishness of the city's golden era and the young teacher soon found herself hosting tea parties once a month, attending formal dinners, dancing the minuet at fancy balls and going on elaborate sleighing parties. In the background a famous poet wrote ballads on his cabin wall, an archbishop lost on the tundra ate his boots to survive and men living on dreams of riches grew old panning the creeks for gold.

While thousands of people left the Klondike each October on the last boat out and Dawson City slowly decayed around her, the author remained true to her northern home. Humorous, poignant and filled with stories of both drudgery and decadence, I Married the Klondike is an unforgettable book by a brave and intelligent woman.

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School@home, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by School@home)
Dawson City, 1898: Raging gold fever and hearts full of hope.
Dawson City, early 1900s: The gold boom is bust, but a few hardy locals try to carry the history forward.

Laura Berton arrived in Dawson City a few years after the gold boom but was still able to experience all that the "Paris of the North" had to offer. Raging snowstorms and months of perpetual twilight and darkness? Nothing a few grand balls, costume parties, and endless social tea parties can't cure!

Make no mistake, Berton's book is very honest about life in Dawson City over 100 years ago. Men literally froze to death and shifty miner-types frightened single women. Illnesses ravaged the town population at times and in the end it was a tough economy "on the Outside" that finally forced the Berton family to leave Dawson City for good.

Although this book is considered a Canadian classic, I must confess I had never even heard of this book until my Alaska-traveling parents brought it back to me as a gift. While I might not have been able to see the Yukon for myself, this gem of a book was just the thing to carry my imagination to another time and place. A time and place I thought I might want to visit, but now I'm happy to be living with all the modern conveniences right here in 2009.
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ISBN:
9781550173338
Author:
Berton, Laura Beatrice
Publisher:
Harbour Publishing
Preface by:
Service, Robert
Preface:
Service, Robert
Author:
Berton Laura Beatrice
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Canada - Post-Confederation (1867-)
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography-Philosophers
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Edition Description:
book
Publication Date:
20050531
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x .50 in 480 gr

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Product details 232 pages Harbour Publishing - English 9781550173338 Reviews:
"Review" by , "I have read many books on the Yukon, but this is different. It is the gallant personality of the author which shines on every page, and makes her chronicle a saga of the High North."
"Synopsis" by , In 1907, Laura Beatrice Berton, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher, left her comfortable life in Toronto Ontario to teach in a Yukon mining town. She fell in love with the North — and with a northerner — and made Dawson City her home for the next 25 years. I Married the Klondike is her classic and enduring memoir.

When she first arrived by steamboat in Dawson City, Berton expected to find a rough mining town full of grizzled miners, scarlet-clad Mounties and dance-hall girls. And while these and other memorable characters did abound, she quickly discovered why the town was nicknamed the Paris of the North. Although the gold rush was over, the townsfolk still clung to the lavishness of the city's golden era and the young teacher soon found herself hosting tea parties once a month, attending formal dinners, dancing the minuet at fancy balls and going on elaborate sleighing parties. In the background a famous poet wrote ballads on his cabin wall, an archbishop lost on the tundra ate his boots to survive and men living on dreams of riches grew old panning the creeks for gold.

While thousands of people left the Klondike each October on the last boat out and Dawson City slowly decayed around her, the author remained true to her northern home. Humorous, poignant and filled with stories of both drudgery and decadence, I Married the Klondike is an unforgettable book by a brave and intelligent woman.

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