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"I had a boat, most of a spring and summer, a cargo of books, and the kind of dream of self-enrichment that spurs everyone who sails north from Seattle," explains Jonathan Raban at the outset of his journey along the Inside Passage from Seattle to Juneau. In a 35-foot sailboat Raban traverses over 1,000 miles of often treacherous waters, and for fans of tales of sea adventure Passage to Juneau is an exhilarating ride. However, in Raban's voice the voyage becomes much more than a Man and the Sea travelogue. In the same ruminative style as his National Book Critics Circle award-winning Bad Land, Raban considers past and present, myth and reality. Passage to Juneau is a lesson in comparative literature, the history of the Northwest's Indians and the first European explorers, and a sociological treatise on class and technology. But most of all, Passage to Juneau is a fascinating navigation through Raban's psyche — a brave interior exploration of family, relationship, and mourning. He is a beautiful, sensitive writer, whose wry voice encourages the reader to see as he sees. Passage to Juneau will appeal to almost any reader for Raban's skill is narrating a universal tale. Georgie, Powells.com

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With the same rigorous observation (natural and social), invigorating stylishness, and encyclopedic learning that he brought to his National Book Award-winning Bad Land, Jonathan Raban conducts readers along the Inside Passage from Seattle to Juneau. The physical distance is 1,000 miles of difficult — and often treacherous — water, which Raban navigates solo in a 35-foot sailboat.

But Passage to Juneau also traverses a gulf of centuries and cultures: the immeasurable divide between the Northwest's Indians and its first European explorers — between its embattled fishermen and loggers and its pampered new class. Along the way, Raban offers captivating discourses on art, philosophy, and navigation and an unsparing narrative of personal loss.

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"A work of great beauty and inexhaustible fervor." The Washington Post Book World

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"A great book by the very best contempoary writer afloat." The Oregonian

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"Raban is a super-sensitive, all-seeing eye. He spots things we might otherwise miss; he calls up the apt metaphors that transform things into phenomena....One of our most gifted observers." Newsday

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"Certainly the finest writer afloat since Conrad." Geoffrey Moorhouse, The Guardian

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"Adrift in foreign lands, eternally questioning the concept of 'home,' Raban crafts a more immaculate, ship-shape habitation out of the language than almost all his contemporaries." Rose Tremain, Financial Times

Synopsis:

The author of the National Book Critic's Circle Award-winning Bad Land conducts readers along the Inside Passage from Seattle to Juneau, transversing a gulf of centuries and cultures, and offering captivating discourses on art, philosophy, and navigation with an unsparing narrative of personal loss. An ALA Notable Book Award Winner. Map.

About the Author

Jonathan Raban lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Thane, January 5, 2010 (view all comments by Thane)
The Pacific Coast of Canada and Alaska is a magical, mystical place. Raban captures it perfectly, entangling it with his own personal struggles, an extensive knowledge of literature about the sea and history of the area, and an exquisite sense of observation.

The book ends on a sad note, the trip not quite finished, leaving the reader wanting, much like every Passage to Juneau I've been fortunate enough to make.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679776147
Author:
Raban, Jonathan
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Raban, Jonathan
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Northwest, pacific
Subject:
United States - Pacific - Alaska
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Romanticism
Subject:
Sailing - Narratives
Subject:
Northwest Coast of North America
Subject:
Inside Passage
Subject:
United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
travel;alaska;sailing;non-fiction;memoir;canada;history;boats;biography;seattle;usa;travel writing;pacific northwest;northwest;north america;sea;america;boating;inside passage;adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Series Volume:
no. 44
Publication Date:
November 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 PG MAP
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x .95 in .7 lb

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Product details 448 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679776147 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A work of great beauty and inexhaustible fervor."
"Review" by , "A great book by the very best contempoary writer afloat."
"Review" by , "Raban is a super-sensitive, all-seeing eye. He spots things we might otherwise miss; he calls up the apt metaphors that transform things into phenomena....One of our most gifted observers."
"Review" by , "Certainly the finest writer afloat since Conrad."
"Review" by , "Adrift in foreign lands, eternally questioning the concept of 'home,' Raban crafts a more immaculate, ship-shape habitation out of the language than almost all his contemporaries."
"Synopsis" by , The author of the National Book Critic's Circle Award-winning Bad Land conducts readers along the Inside Passage from Seattle to Juneau, transversing a gulf of centuries and cultures, and offering captivating discourses on art, philosophy, and navigation with an unsparing narrative of personal loss. An ALA Notable Book Award Winner. Map.
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