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Disappointment River : finding and losing the Northwest Passage, Brian Castner

Label
Disappointment River : finding and losing the Northwest Passage
Title
Disappointment River
Title remainder
finding and losing the Northwest Passage
Statement of responsibility
Brian Castner
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, only to confront impassable pack ice. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey--and discovered the Passage he could not find. Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back to the heroic age of North American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of energy extraction and climate change. Eleven years before Lewis and Clark, the Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie actually crossed the North American continent with a team of voyageurs and Native guides. Before that he was the first to discover a route to the Arctic Ocean from the Great Lakes, along the river he named "Disappointment" because he believed he'd failed in his mission to find a trade route to the riches of the East. In fact he had--he was just two-plus centuries early. In this book, Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose, he personally retraces his travels in an 1,125-mile canoe voyage down the river that bears his name, battling exhaustion, exposure, mosquitoes, white water rapids and the threat of bears. He transports readers to a world rarely glimpsed in the media, of tar sands, thawing permafrost, remote Native villages and, at the end, a wide open Arctic Ocean that is quickly becoming a far-northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil money."--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
CaOONL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Castner, Brian
Dewey number
917.19/3044
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Castner, Brian
  • Mackenzie, Alexander
  • Canoes and canoeing
  • Mackenzie River (N.W.T.)
  • Northwest Passage
  • Northwest Passage
Target audience
general
Label
Disappointment River : finding and losing the Northwest Passage, Brian Castner
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Map on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Hardcover edition.
Extent
xii, 334 pages
Isbn
9780771023958
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations, colour maps
System control number
  • pr01302320
  • (CaOWLBI)pr01302320
  • 391711
Label
Disappointment River : finding and losing the Northwest Passage, Brian Castner
Publication
Note
Map on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Hardcover edition.
Extent
xii, 334 pages
Isbn
9780771023958
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations, colour maps
System control number
  • pr01302320
  • (CaOWLBI)pr01302320
  • 391711

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