Prisoners of the North

Prisoners of the North

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Pierre Berton--Canada's most celebrated historian--has earned more than thirty literary awards for his distinguished body of work, and in Prisoners of the North he offers the reader a multitude of magnificent exploits and dazzling personalities. Witness John Hornby risks death as if for amusement as he pursues his obsessive quest for adventure in the Barren Grounds. Watch the poet Robert Service earn the fortune he so craves--and the fame he so reviles. Judge the veracity of Vilhjalmur Stefansson's claim to discover a tribe of "Blond Eskimos"--and see the international controversy that ensues. Meet Joe Boyle, the wealthy gold prospector whose military valor in the Great War earned him the admiration of Trotsky--and the love of the Romanian queen. Join Lady Jane Franklin on her transcontinental journey in search of her lost husband, the famed explorer Sir John, who never traveled so widely, or so bravely, as his indefatigable wife. These are Pierre Berton's prisoners, whose compelling and unusual stories he weaves together with unparalleled skill. Evocative, thrilling, and deeply original, Prisoners of the North is as daring and uncommon as its exceptional title characters.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2004
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786715077
Characteristics: 328 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Mar 22, 2015

Overall five amazing stories. I especially enjoyed Lady Franklin's long and persistent pursuit of her missing husband and the HMS Erebus, considering that the ship was just discovered in the fall of 2014. Well written.

May 27, 2013

May 26, 2013....finished "The Seal Wife" and as I was at the cabin, picked this out to fill in my reading time until I got back home. Started the story on "Joe Boyle". Well he certainly was an interesting character. A "get it done" kind of guy. Not someone that you would want as a relative, or a husband though. This certainly was a great pick for a fill in read......May 27th...back home and almost finished Joe's story. Great read.....May 31, just a note on a kind of weird coincidence.....I have had this book kicking around at the cabin for many years, I read a bit of it, and then when I go to the library to volunteer....what is sitting on the rack to get shelved?....this book. Kinda weird! July 3, 2013....left my other book at home, so started Joe Boyle's story over. (I had forgotten so much) Hopefully I will retain more with this second reading! He really was an amazing go getter, and such a rotten husband/father/brother! July 9, just finished Joe Boyle's story, he died of heart disease, and had a stroke at a fairly early age. He didn't drink or smoke, must have been that type A personality that got him! Anyway, he got things done, but didn't carry through with minor details of financial sorts. Kind of "I like adventure, but be damned with the boring details of life." A hero/loser. Interesting. I'll read another story from this book, in between other books.

Jul 03, 2011

Not as good as 'My Country' but still good. Five longer sketches of Canadians whom many have forgotten.


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