Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Jul 30, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 262 pages
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“John Hildebrand sets out in a canoe . . . to explore the great riverway of northwestern Canada and Alaska. . . . The geography is closely rendered and the characters especially sharply drawn. The country is filled with mad dropouts at river fish camps, good-hearted girls in the towns, sullen natives in tumbledown villages, cranky old-timers, terrible drunks and worse moralizers who live off the wild landscape and its abundant resources. . . . This is a fine work, and Hildebrand is a fine writer.”—Charles E. Little, Wilderness

 

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A journal of the author's trip down the Yukon River in the 1980s. Very well written and more of a whimsical pilgrimage by the writer to return to his 1970s dream of an Alaskan cabin in the wilderness ... Read full review

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In the early Seventies, dreaming of the simple life, the author wandered to Alaska, built a cabin, and taught English to Indians and Eskimos at the the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. But the dream ... Read full review

Contents

2 Whitehorse
7
3 River Time
21
4 Pioneers
34
5 To Build a Fire
51
6 Klondike
61
7 The Salmon Road
71
8 An American River
84
9 The Flats
103
13 Sons of Thunder
147
14 Floaters
162
15 Reading the River
165
16 Kaltag
177
17 Fables
188
18 Russians
199
19 Along the Delta
210
20 Steamboat Slough
220

10 Beaver
120
11 The Road Home
128
12 A Dogs Life
138
21 Snow on the Mountains
236
Selected Sources
242
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About the author (2009)

John Hildebrand is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. His most recent book is the acclaimed Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family.

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