It is currently October 22nd, 2020, 10:09 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: A book for this summer
PostPosted: March 18th, 2009, 8:30 pm 
Offline

Joined: October 24th, 2008, 6:29 pm
Posts: 441
I'm looking for a book to carry along this summer. Yeah, some people read a book a week but I'm afraid that'll be the first non-technical book I'll be reading in what seems quite a while.

Coincidently amazon.ca noticed me as friendly as a robot can be that a book will be published next month and that I could pre-order it:

"Deep Travel: In Thoreau's Wake on the Concord and Merrimack" by one David Leff.

The description seems interesting. I've seen Thoreau mentioned here and there, perhaps even in one or two Kevin Callan's book.

“Borrowing one of David Leff’s puns, I ‘Thoreauly’ enjoyed this book. Deep Travel carries the reader along on a strong current of narrative, and offers ample time to look over the gunwales and join the gliding waters in reflection. Leff follows Thoreau’s paddle-strokes not only by traveling the same rivers, but by creating a ‘fusion of inward and outward experience,’ incorporating essay-like musing about time and place—and the power of both stories and history to evoke them. Deep Travel is a primer on the art of ‘sight-seeking’ and ‘forensic observation,’ and Leff offers penetrating readings of the river, the vernacular landscape, and Thoreau."

Any other suggestions ?

Cheers.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 18th, 2009, 9:07 pm 
Offline
CCR Moderator & Assistant Administrator
User avatar

Joined: October 27th, 2006, 5:51 am
Posts: 2904
Location: Montreal
Wilderness and the American mind.

No Shortcuts to the Top

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Plague

Surfacing

Wilderness Tips

The Diviners

Crime and Punishment


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 18th, 2009, 9:38 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: June 1st, 2005, 7:15 pm
Posts: 4182
Location: The Gateway to Woodland Caribou
Survive by Les Stroud. Great book to read on a trip.

_________________

Advice is a form of nostalgia; dispensing it is a way of wishing the past from the disposal--wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it's worth.



Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 18th, 2009, 10:02 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: August 11th, 2002, 7:00 pm
Posts: 5696
Location: Sunny Wasaga Beach
"Great Heart-The History of a Labrador Adventure"---Davidson & Rugge.

Unbeatable! :clap: :clap:

_________________

Old canoeists never die---they just smell that way.



Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 18th, 2009, 10:51 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: December 30th, 2003, 11:36 pm
Posts: 1807
Location: Kitchener Ontario
Try Here:

viewtopic.php?f=90&t=26834

Enjoy !

_________________
Dave

"The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness, and of a freedom almost forgotten." Sigurd Olson, 1956


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 19th, 2009, 5:58 pm 
Offline

Joined: October 24th, 2008, 6:29 pm
Posts: 441
Thanks all for the suggestions. Might turn out that I'll read two books this summer. ;-)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 22nd, 2009, 8:13 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: June 26th, 2006, 8:56 am
Posts: 1285
Location: Brantford, Ontario
a walk in the woods
bill bryson

- adirondack trail, and only partial wilderness, but entertaining, funny, informative, and sort of on topic for the mood. when I'm away i don't really want to read about some topic way off the outdoor theme

i like wotrock's suggestion, hmmm.

_________________
Midway 'twixt earth and heaven....
Above, below
Drift with my drifting, dim and slow,
As twilight drifts to even.
- Pauline Johnson -


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 22nd, 2009, 9:38 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: June 1st, 2005, 7:15 pm
Posts: 4182
Location: The Gateway to Woodland Caribou
I just got a book called One Man's Wilderness about Dick Proeneke and him living in the Alaskan Wilderness for 30 years. Can't wait to get into that one!

_________________

Advice is a form of nostalgia; dispensing it is a way of wishing the past from the disposal--wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it's worth.



Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2009, 3:11 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: June 9th, 2005, 2:27 pm
Posts: 1658
Location: Saskatoon
A book recently read that I was surprised to love, was Journals of the New Voyageurs by Norm Crerar.

It is written in a casual style that initially I was sure it would bother me. However, I found the content very interesting and was soon able to overlook any issues of style.

The book tells the story of the author and his friends as competitive marathon canoe paddlers in the 1960's and their participation in the 1967 Voyageur Canoe Pageant. An interesting account of the sport of paddling from 40 to 50 years ago.

Cheers,
Bryan

_________________
ColdspringPaddling.com
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2009, 8:45 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: January 29th, 2007, 10:19 am
Posts: 2461
Location: Just outside the Blue Line
mark the splasher wrote:
a walk in the woods
bill bryson

- adirondack trail, and only partial wilderness, but entertaining, funny, informative, and sort of on topic for the mood. when I'm away i don't really want to read about some topic way off the outdoor theme


Ahem... that's Appalachian Trail. :roll: :wink: Great book, however.

As for me, I'd prefer to read something that's not canoe related while I'm tripping. I'm kind of like those lumberjacks who do all of their whoring in the woods and their lumbering in the cat house. 8)

_________________
“We can have great disparities of wealth or we can have democracy. But we cannot have both.” - Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2009, 8:53 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: June 1st, 2005, 7:15 pm
Posts: 4182
Location: The Gateway to Woodland Caribou
I didn't care for Bill Bryson's Book. I hiked the Appalachiantrail and still found it boring.

_________________

Advice is a form of nostalgia; dispensing it is a way of wishing the past from the disposal--wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it's worth.



Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 24th, 2009, 5:47 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: June 26th, 2006, 8:56 am
Posts: 1285
Location: Brantford, Ontario
see rob, if you imagined it as the adirondack trail it would have been great!!

sorry about that brain cramp folks, :oops: and bk, appreciate the gentle correction. i know some find bryson irritating and sarcastically arrogant...i guess I like that. ..and then there's katz to love, and a certain laundromat trip...i think it is a hoot, but rob, many would agree with you.
mark

_________________
Midway 'twixt earth and heaven....
Above, below
Drift with my drifting, dim and slow,
As twilight drifts to even.
- Pauline Johnson -


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 24th, 2009, 10:08 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: June 9th, 2005, 2:27 pm
Posts: 1658
Location: Saskatoon
Some other books I have really enjoyed:

Fishing With My Old Guy - Paul Quarrington
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Courting Saskatchewan - David Carpenter
Fishing In The West - David Carpenter
Man Descending and others - Guy Vanderhaeghe
Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada - Will Ferguson

Happy reading!
Bryan

edited to correct the title of the Will Ferguson book.

_________________
ColdspringPaddling.com
Image


Last edited by pawistik on March 25th, 2009, 11:37 am, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 25th, 2009, 11:19 am 
Offline

Joined: March 19th, 2002, 7:00 pm
Posts: 513
Location: Mt Brydges, Ontario Canada
Typically the books that I've always read were "outdoorsy" about trips, guides, or how to's. A few months ago while in Algonquin I forgot to bring a book (and the January nights are long in tent) so I needed something to do. I ended up buying a book in Whitney at the restaurant/gas station, it's called "Danger and Destiny" by Howard W. Leonard (lives in Madawaska). The book is fiction (which I've never read) but I could not put it down. It's a murder/mystery thing but a good portion of the book takes place on a canoe trip in Temagami, where the characters are on a treasure hunt, being chased by murderers etc...
Since this book I've also bought 2 other fictional ones:
"Through Black Spruce" and "Three Day Road" both by Joseph Boyden, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

_________________
The idea of wilderness needs no defense.
It only needs more defenders.

Edward Abbey


Last edited by Sir Campsalot on March 25th, 2009, 11:36 am, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: March 25th, 2009, 11:27 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: January 29th, 2007, 10:19 am
Posts: 2461
Location: Just outside the Blue Line
Sir Campsalot wrote:
I ended up buying a book... called "Danger and Destiny" by Howard W. Leonar. It's a murder/mystery thing but a good portion of the book takes place on a canoe trip in Temagami...


Cool. Lady BK is a big mystery novel fan. I'll have to get that one for her and then tell her we need to go up there and find all the spots mentioned in the book.

Well, it might work... 8)

_________________
“We can have great disparities of wealth or we can have democracy. But we cannot have both.” - Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group