Passage to Juneau is a travel book about the author's journey from Seattle to Juneau in a small boat. If you are not familiar with the north west coast of the USA and Canada, believe me, this is one of the lovliest stretches of water anywhere and also one of the cruelest.
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magazines about speedy hen ltd by continuing with this checkout and ordering from speedy hen you are accepting our current terms and conditions details of which can be found by clicking here author biography jonathan raban is the author of passage to juneau bad land hunting mister heartbreak coasting old glory arabia soft city and the novels foreign land 1985 and waxwings 2003 his awards include the nationa
Jonathan Raban's Passage to Juneau is a pure delight, even for the most dedicated ... more
landlubbers. On April Fool's Day 1993, Raban set sail in his 35-foot ketch from "virtual reality" Seattle to travel the 1,000 or so miles up the often turbulent and tricky Inside Passage to Alaska. Despite describing himself as "a timid, weedy, cerebral type, never more out of my element than when I'm at sea", he nevertheless "meant to go fishing for reflections and come back with a glittering haul." And glittering this is, for Raban writes with such vivid acuity and witty iconoclasm about charted and uncharted waters, actual, historical, anthropological, natural and personal--and much else besides. His constants as he threads his course through the fretwork of islands, narrows and passes are tracing Captain Vancouver's 1792 voyage in the Discovery; the Northwest Indians' tenacious relation to the sea that dominated their lives and was mirrored in their art; Edmund Burke's 1757 theory of the sublime (terror was the most necessary ingredient) and the consequent, ecstatic recording of the coastal landscape (not by Vancouver, who found it dull and gloomy, but by his snobbish young upper-class officers); Raban's father's death and its aftermath which interrupted his voyage; and, of course, the sea itself with its six basic movements: pitch, roll, yaw, heave, surge, and sway. Every page offers rewarding observations and colourful commentary: on the death of the great fisheries, the new tourism, a rereading of Shelley and Marcus Aurelius, bird flight, the rigours of outpost life, and even indeed the origins of "nookie." All of this makes for an utterly engaging, generously questing, scholarly and richly pleasurable work. -- Ruth Petrie
"...by Paul Theroux. In places Passage to Juneau is a kind of amalgam of both of those but it is much better.
The writing is very eloquent and draws on a lot of sources. Jonathan Raban also collated the Oxford Book of the Sea and his knowledge is clearly enormous. In my opinion, this is a classic because although it contains some heavy themes and occasionally crusty quotations, it is remarkably easy to read.
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