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Disappointment river : finding and losing the Northwest Passage / Brian Castner.

Castner, Brian, (author.).

Available copies

  • 6 of 6 copies available at Sage Library System.

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0 current holds with 6 total copies.

Summary:

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years. 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 globalization and climate change. Fourteen years before Lewis and Clark, Mackenzie set off to cross the continent of North America with a team of voyageurs and Chipewyan guides, to find a trade route to the riches of the East. What he found was a river that he named "Disappointment." Mackenzie died thinking he had failed. He was wrong. In this book, Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose, he personally retraces his travels, 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 indigenous villages and, at the end, a wide open Arctic Ocean that could become a far-northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil money. --Provided by publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 910.916327 .C353d 2018 (Text) 37814003413060 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 07/28/2021 Available -
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 971.901 C353 (Text) 35178001694002 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 05/26/2018 Available -
Hermiston Public Library 971.9 CAS (Text) 37838000516880 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 04/11/2018 Available -
Hood River County Library 971.9 CAS 2018 (Text) 33892100526038 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 03/20/2018 Available -
Ontario Community Library 974.9 CASTN (Text) 33330004545432 Bookmobile Book None 10/19/2020 Available -
The Dalles Wasco County Library 971.9 CAS (Text) 33892006305842 NON-FICTION Book None 03/14/2018 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385541626
  • ISBN: 0385541627
  • Physical Description: xii, 334 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Map on lining papers.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographic references (pages 300-318) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The Northwest Company, 1788 -- Into the north, 2016 -- Scotland, 1774 -- New York, 1775 -- Montreal, 1778 -- Detroit, 1784 -- The Pays d'en Haut, 2016 -- Grand portage and the English River, 1785 -- Awgeenah and Matonabbee, 1786 -- Murder at the old establishment, 1787 -- To the Northwest Passage, 1788 -- All it takes is time, 2016 -- Embarkation, June 1789 -- The Rapids of the Slave, June 2016 -- Shoot the messenger, June 1789 -- Thunderstorms and raids, June 2016 -- Into the mountains, July 1789 -- Plagues of the Deh Cho, July 2016 -- The Dogrib, July 1789 -- Rapid without rapids, July 2016 -- You can starve on rabbits, July 1789 -- Fort Good Hope to Tsiigehtchic, July 2016 -- Satisfy the curiosity, tho' not the intent, July 1789 -- Into the earth sponge, July 2016 -- The highest part of the island, July 1789 -- A sea of ice, frozen no more, July 2016 -- Many returns.
Summary, etc.:
In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years. 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 globalization and climate change. Fourteen years before Lewis and Clark, Mackenzie set off to cross the continent of North America with a team of voyageurs and Chipewyan guides, to find a trade route to the riches of the East. What he found was a river that he named "Disappointment." Mackenzie died thinking he had failed. He was wrong. In this book, Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose, he personally retraces his travels, 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 indigenous villages and, at the end, a wide open Arctic Ocean that could become a far-northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil money. --Provided by publisher.
Subject: Mackenzie, Alexander, 1764-1820.
Mackenzie River (N.W.T.) > Description and travel.
Northwest Passage > Discovery and exploration.
Northwest Passage > Description and travel.

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