Tracing Land and Dream in A New Northwest Passage

Book - 2014
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The long-awaited follow up to Annabel and Kathleen Winter's first work of narrative nonfiction.

In 2010, bestselling author Kathleen Winter took a journey across the storied Northwest Passage, among marine scientists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and curious passengers. From Greenland to Baffin Island and all along the passage, Winter bears witness to the new math of the melting North -- where polar bears mate with grizzlies, creating a new hybrid species; where the earth is on the cusp of yielding so much buried treasure that five nations stand poised to claim sovereignty of the land; and where the local Inuit population struggles to navigate the tension between taking part in the new global economy and defending their traditional way of life.

Throughout the journey she also learns from fellow passengers Aaju Peter and Bernadette Dean, who teach her about Inuit society, past and present. She bonds with Nathan Rogers, son of the late Canadian icon Stan Rogers, who died in a plane crash when Nathan was nearly four years old. Nathan's quest is to take the route his father never travelled, except in his beloved song "The Northwest Passage," which he performs both as anthem and lament at sea. And she guides us through her own personal odyssey, emigrating from England to Canada as a child and discovering both what was lost and what was gained as a result of that journey.

In breathtaking prose charged with vivid descriptions of the land and its people, Kathleen Winter's Boundless is a haunting and powerful story, and a homage to the ever-evolving and magnetic power of the North.

Publisher: Toronto :, House of Anansi Press,, 2014
ISBN: 9781770893993
Branch Call Number: 917.19 W734b
Characteristics: 264 pages : colour illustrations, map ; 23 cm


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Jun 20, 2016

The pre-cruise biographical content didn't do much for me and I began to skip over it. She did not give me a good feel for the areas she traveled through...just relatively brief descriptions.

Jun 17, 2015

This book was a lovely reading experience and Kathleen Winter is a gifted writer who does a great job conjuring up images of the far north. My only complaint is that I would have preferred if she had fully focused on the Northwest Passage trip instead of adding the sections about her personal life which always felt to me like interruptions to the narrative.

ontherideau May 07, 2015

Reading this book is like lifting rocks, expecting to find ants and instead releasing butterflies. No offence to ants meant.

Mar 23, 2015

what a wonderfully thoughtful, stirring account of a voyage - physical, emotional and other-worldly.

I appreciate Kathleen Winter's slant both here and in Annabel.

Sep 24, 2014

This book is so beautiful. A talented writer who takes a short voyage to the Arctic,and returns home- changed.
Not an Eat, pray, love kind of quest..nor it's rugged poorer cousin- Wild.
This is more than a story about Canada's northern geography. It is a story about solitude , isolation, loneliness and greed. The scene with the polar bear will break your heart.
An easy five stars for its exquisite prose.

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