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Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings

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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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"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

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

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

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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

Synopsis:

Following the overland triumph of "Bad Land"--whose prizes include the National Book Critics Circle Award--Raban sets out from his Seattle home on a voyage to the Alaska Panhandle.

About the Author

Jonathan Raban is the author of Old Glory, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, and Bad Land, 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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brightmind, September 3, 2007 (view all comments by brightmind)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679442622
Subtitle:
(a sea and its meanings )
Author:
Raban, Jonathan
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - West - Pacific (General)
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Art
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:
Indians of North America -- Northwest, Pacific -- Art.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
New York TimLibr JournalPubl WeeklyKirkus
Abridged:
Abridged Edition
Series Volume:
AC no. 135-13G.
Publication Date:
c1999
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
435 p.
Dimensions:
9.56x6.51x1.48 in. 1.62 lbs.

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Product details 435 p. pages Pantheon Books - English 9780679442622 Reviews:
"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."
"Review" by , "A great book by the very best contempoary writer afloat."
"Review" by , "A work of great beauty and inexhaustible fervor."
"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."
"Synopsis" by , Following the overland triumph of "Bad Land"--whose prizes include the National Book Critics Circle Award--Raban sets out from his Seattle home on a voyage to the Alaska Panhandle.
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