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A Journey to the Northern Ocean: The Adventures of Samuel Hearne (Classics West Collection) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 2007


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Widely recognised as a classic of northern-exploration literature, "A Journey to the Northern Ocean" is Samuel Hearne's story of his three-year trek to seek a trade route across the Barrens in the Northwest Territories. Hearne was a superb reporter, from his anguished description of the massacre of helpless Eskimos by his Indian companions to his meticulous records of wildlife, flora and Indian manners and customs. First published in 1795, more than two decades after Hearne had completed his trek. This Classics West edition brings a crucial piece of Canadian history back into print.

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Born in London in 1745, Samuel Hearne joined the Royal Navy at the age of 12 and served under Captain Samuel Hood during the Seven Years War. In 1766, seeking adventure, he joined the Hudson's Bay Company to work as first mate on a whaling ship. He was based at the HBC's northernmost outpost, Prince of Wales fort, and was only 24 when he set out on the quest described in this book.



KEN MCGOOGAN is the best-selling author of a dozen books, among them 50 Canadians Who Changed the World, How the Scots Invented Canada, Fatal Passage and Lady Franklin s Revenge. He has won the Pierre Berton Award for History, the University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography, the Canadian Authors Association History Award, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize and an American Christopher Award for a work of artistic excellence that affirms the highest values of the human spirit. Before turning mainly to books, Ken worked for two decades as a journalist at major dailies in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. He teaches creative nonfiction writing through the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at King s College in Halifax. Ken served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, has written recently for Canada s History, Canadian Geographic and Maclean s, and sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian. Based in Toronto, he has given talks and presentations across Canada, and in faraway places as different as Edinburgh, Sydney, Stromness, and Hobart. www.kenmcgoogan.com

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5.0 von 5 Sternen To the Arctic on foot 12. August 2010
Von julian101 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is Samuel Hearne's written journal of all his adventures, misadventures and observations in his exploration of the Barrenlands. He was a fur trader commissioned by the Hudson bay Co to find the Coppermine River, and investigate the rumours of rich copper deposits there. He found that the North American continent was much vaster than people had previously realized, and that the ongoing search for a Northwest Passage would be in vain.
Based at Prince of Wales Fort at what is now Churchill, he spent the better part of three years, after two unsuccessful attempts, getting there and back. He was unable to get very far until he made contact with the chief Matonabbee, who was able to tell Hearne what he had been doing wrong, and form up a new plan.
The most memorable part of this book is the encounter at Bloody Falls; the Chipewyan Indians in Hearne's group refused to consider any other alternative than to slaughter the unsuspecting Inuit camped by the river.
The rest of the book is a daily record of progress through the lakes, marshes, and rocky terrain of the NWT, mixed throughout with his observations of the habits, attitudes and customs of his Indian companions. The terrifying hardships of daily life at that time are illuminated along the way, and it will be a long time before I forget this particular aspect of Hearne.
There is an additional section at the end, consisting of Hearne's observations of all the wildlife he encountered, and his attempts at domesticating them.
A great book of Northern history. Five stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A journey to the Northern Ocean 9. April 2010
Von Peter M. Gladwell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I recommend this book for it's about a truly remarkable young man that most British people would know little about as it wasan't taught when I went to school.Samuel Herrne is certainly worthy of praise as a brilliant incredibly brave explore with determination and vision and rightly stands out in Canadain history.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding! 20. Mai 2012
Von S. Clark - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This guy is a real character and his narrative is a real joy to read. He expresses himself so passionately and emphatically. And he doesn't mince words.

The description on the front cover of it saying it's "adventures" isn't that accurate. It's more like a account of living with a big group of Indians as they slowly, methodically drifted to the area Hearne was interested in. There's just not that much rough-and-tumble to this to qualify as adventures. You get a real feel for living with the Indians, though. They're presented warts-and-all. It's obvious Hearne both admired and despised them. Another big plus is these Indians were relatively uncontaminated or cramped by white settlements, so you get a view of them in a fairly natural state.

There were a quite a few typos in the text, maybe 40 in all. Not huge, but still noticeable. It's a real pity, because the text is so beautifully presented. It's real shame they couldn't have spent a little more money and hired a proof-reader to give the text a good, close reading. There are a number of archaic spellings, as well, but they're no problem. There's one spot in the last third of the book where a whole sentence is badly garbled by what looks like a cut-and-past error. Bummer.

The reason I took off one star from rating this is because the narrative only takes up two thirds of the book. The final third is devoted to exposition about the Indians and the wild life of the area and tends to be pretty dry. The last 40 pages is devoted to birds and is a real drag. There are 6 pages devoted to geese, which was a real chore to get through.

Another peculiar aspect of this book are the author-written end notes for each chapter. Apparently Hearne couldn't be bothered to revise the main text and so he just slapped end notes on in the places where he had something additional to say. It's a little awkward, but not a serious detraction.

It does have a nice index in the back.

All in all, highly recommended if you're a fan of this kind of writing.
5.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing journal. Hearne's trek makes Lewis and Clark's jog ... 23. Januar 2016
Von Gordon Peck - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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An amazing journal. Hearne's trek makes Lewis and Clark's jog look like a walk in a park. I cannot imagine taking off from the Hudson Bay in the middle of December with only one pair of buckskins, a rifle, a blanket and an extra pair of shorts and walking along the Artic Sea for two years. This journal should be required reading in all schools.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Very detailed descriptions of the north and the people of ... 6. Dezember 2014
Von jonathan mccord - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very detailed descriptions of the north and the people of that region. Most people might be surprised by the truth of how those people were. the first half is the adventure and the second part is details on the people and the plants/animals of the area.
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