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Death on the Barrens: A True Story of Courage and Tragedy in the Canadian Arctic

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Publisher Comments:

“Judges, such as this reviewer, are often asked to evaluate the veracity and credibility of distant accounts of misadventure culminating in a death. No one who reads this story should entertain any doubt as to the scrupulous accuracy of this narrative, which chronicles the author's 1955 journey through the Canadian arctic with four friends. Bad planning left them without food or adequate warmth as winter closed in, and the group leader eventually died of hypothermia. Although the account reminds one of Farley Mowat's adventure novel, Lost in the Barrens, not to mention James A. Michener's Journey: A Novel, the detailed descriptions of the sensations endured by the writer, the haunting and evocative images he sets forth with poetic grace and erudite references, and the harrowing emotional roller-coaster he experienced in 1955—and every year since—leaves no doubt as to the fidelity of this first-person story of exploration, adventure and tragedy. VERDICT Superbly illustrated, this work represents the best that human kind and nature have to offer: courage, beauty and the challenge to survive. Recommended for all readers of true adventure or memoir.”

—Library Journal starred review, Gilles Renaud, Ontario Court of Justice

“Death on the Barrens is a must read for anyone who has seriously considered entering absolute wilderness, and for those who already know a step off the grid into a place like the Barrens can have a profound impact that reverberates through the rest of one’s days.”

—Cary J. Griffith, author of Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods

“… The] three-month canoe trip across the uninhabited Canadian Barrens takes George Grinnell to the lip of the abyss that separates sanity from insanity and life from death. And it is his firsthand exploration of this uncertain edge that provides the profound insights that makes this a most powerful and unique narrative.”

—George Luste, from the Introduction

“A finely wrought distillation of half of a century spent looking for an explanation where none perhaps exists. Death on the Barrens tells of many deaths in an austere and unforgiving land of imponderable majesty where sentience extends far beyond human kind.”

—Farley Mowat, legendary author of People of the Deer and Never Cry Wolf

“A nice combination of struggling against nature and self-realization, this short book was enjoyable and thought-provoking.”

—The Philbrick-James Forum

“George James Grinnell brings tragedy of Into the Wild and the philosophy of the poets to his non-fiction account of a three-month pleasure trip by canoe and portage across the Canadian Barrens in 1955… Death on the Barrens meditates on beauty, loneliness, and the meaning of life while roaring down the rapids or battling the black flies or trying to outwait a blizzard without freezing to death in a ripped tent. It is a clear statement of our need for belief in something more than ourselves.”

—Read, Write, Laugh, Rewrite with Eileen Granfors

“This was an excellent memoir. For the outdoor and nature types I recommend Death on the Barrens] highly. George, referring to himself as Jim in the book, tells us

Synopsis:

"The gripping true story of an ill-fated canoe voyage across the uninhabited Canadian barrens"--Provided by publisher.

Synopsis:

George Grinnell taught the history of science and intellectual history at McMaster University in Ontario from 1967 to 1991. He currently teaches meditation classes and lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Artist Roderick MacIver is the founder of Heron Dance, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the human connection to nature through art and words.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556439797
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Adventurers & Explorers
Author:
Grinnell, George James
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : Canoeing
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Sports - General
Subject:
Arctic regions Description and travel.
Subject:
Canada, Northern Description and travel.
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Outdoors-Lore and Survival
Subject:
TRAVEL / Canada
Subject:
Outdoors-Stories and Essays
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
June 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
296

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Biography » General
Biography » Sports
Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting
Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » General
Travel » North America » Canada
Travel » Travel Writing » General

Death on the Barrens: A True Story of Courage and Tragedy in the Canadian Arctic
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"Synopsis" by , "The gripping true story of an ill-fated canoe voyage across the uninhabited Canadian barrens"--Provided by publisher.
"Synopsis" by , George Grinnell taught the history of science and intellectual history at McMaster University in Ontario from 1967 to 1991. He currently teaches meditation classes and lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Artist Roderick MacIver is the founder of Heron Dance, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the human connection to nature through art and words.
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