Alaskan Travels

Alaskan Travels

Far-flung Tales of Love and Adventure

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"Thirty years ago, celebrated American writer Edward Hoagland, in his early fifties and already with a dozen acclaimed books under his belt, had a choice: a midlife crisis or a midlife adventure. He chose the adventure. Pencil and notebook at the ready, Hoagland set out to explore and write about one of the last truly wild territories remaining on the face of the earth: Alaska. From the Arctic Ocean to the Kenai Peninsula, the backstreet bars of Anchorage to the Yukon River, Hoagland traveled the "real" Alaska from top to bottom. Here he documents not only the flora and fauna of America's last frontier, but also the extraordinary people living on the fringe"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9781611455038
Branch Call Number: 917.98 Hoagland 04/2012
Characteristics: xi, 196 p. :,map ;,24 cm.


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Nov 01, 2012

Interesting book – an easy read. It reports on travels of 30 years ago, so perhaps not necessarily representative of present-day Alaska. Not sure if it’s simply the book’s view, or real Alaskan pathos, but the experiences related in the book leave a somewhat sour taste. Alaskan life appears nefarious, pugnacious, rancorous, back-biting, dog-eat-dog with plenty of child and wife abuse and drunken rampages. I somehow had a more romantic expectation of people drawn together in solidarity by severe weather and isolation. Perhaps that was an incorrect expectation. The book dwells a little too much on personal situation, divorces, wives, girlfriends that are irrelevant to the book’s theme, is skimpy on descriptions and impressions of natural surroundings (with the exception of the boat trip on a river which was beautifully rendered), but provides a lot of comment (albeit almost exclusively negative) on the people of Alaska. If Alaska is really like this, it’s better that I travelled there from my armchair instead of actually going there.


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