[ Ebook ] ➣ Prisoners of the North Author Pierre Berton – Thomashillier.co.uk


Prisoners of the North Canada S Master Storyteller Returns To The North To Chronicle The Extraordinary Stories Of Five Inspiring And Controversial Characters.Canada S Master Storyteller Returns To The North To Bring History To Life Prisoners Of The North Tells The Extraordinary Stories Of Five Inspiring And Controversial Characters Whose Adventures In Canada S Frozen Wilderness Are No Less Fascinating Today Than They Were A Hundred Years Ago.We Meet Joseph Boyle, The Self Made Millionaire Gold Prospector From Woodstock, Ontario, Who Went Off To The Great War With The Word Yukon Inscribed On His Shoulder Straps, And Solid Gold Maple Leaf Lapel Badges There He Survived Several Scrapes With Rogue Bolsheviks, Earned The Admiration Of Trotsky, Saved Romania From The Advancing Germans, And Entered Into A Passionate Affair With Its Queen.We Meet Vilhjalmur Steffansson, Who Knew Every Corner Of The Canadian North Better Than Any Explorer His Claim To Have Discovered A Tribe Of Blond Eskimos Brought Him World Wide Attention And Landed Him In Controversy That Would Dog Him The Rest Of His Life.There Is John Hornby, The Eccentric Public School Englishman So Enthralled With The Barren Grounds Where He Lived That He Finally Starved To Death There With The Two Young Men Who Had Joined His Adventures.Berton Gives Us A Riveting Account Of The Contradictory Life Of Robert Service A World Famous Poet Whose Self Effacement Was Completely At Odds With His Public Persona.And We Meet The Extraordinary Lady Jane Franklin, Who Belied Every Last Stereotype About Victorian Women With Her Immense Determination, Energy, And Sense Of Adventure She Travelled Widely Than Even Her Famous Explorer Husband, Sir John And Her Indefatigable Efforts To Find Him After His Disappearance Were Legendary.A Yukoner Himself, Berton Weaves These Tales Of Courage, Fortitude, And Reckless Lust For Adventure With A Love For Canada S Harsh North With His Sharp Eye For Detail And Faultless Ear For A Good Story, Pierre Berton Shows Once Again Why He Is Canada S Favourite Historian From The Hardcover Edition.


10 thoughts on “Prisoners of the North

  1. says:

    What is it about the Far North that not only causes people to risk their lives to explore it but also draws people to read about it I m not sure, and neither is Berton, but he sure writes a good book about five people whose lives in some ways were defined and or determined by the North Joe Boyle, Vihjalmur Stefansson, Jane Franklin, John Hornby, and Robert Service Both Service and Franklin might be considered to be unusual subjects It is unclear whether Franklin is present simply to include What is it about the Far North that not only causes people to risk their lives to explore it but also draws people to read about it I m not sure, and neither is Berton, but he sure writes a good book about five people whose lives in some ways were defined and or determined by the North Joe Boyle, Vihjalmur Stefansson, Jane Franklin, John Hornby, and Robert ...


  2. says:

    Amazing book from an amazing iconic Canadian author about little known people in Canadian history Biographies of people who are a part of Canadian history, who helped explore, and settle Canada s north The five prisoners of the...


  3. says:

    I enjoyed this book It s amazing the hardships and deprivation the characters suffered because they were driven to satisfy a keen sense of exploration and lust for discovery In Robert Service it was a determination to reject conventionality and a restless need to explore other lifestyles Lady Jane Franklin was fortunate to have resources to fight long and hard to have her husband publicly rewarded for his discovery The author, having been raised in the Yukon, understands the appeal this and I enjoyed this book It s amazing the hardships and deprivation the characters suffered because they were driven to satisfy a keen sense of exploration and lust for discovery In Robert Service ...


  4. says:

    i would not rate this as one of Pierre Berton s better books It dealt with 5 different people exploring the far northern reaches of Canada and the Northwest Passage along with the story of one of Canada s best known poets Robert Service


  5. says:

    I only read the chapter on John Hornby What an eccentric he was


  6. says:

    Five short biographies of five interesting characters, all unable to escape from the North, regardless of where they went Klondike Joe Boyle built the biggest gold dredging barges in the world but got bored In an unofficial Canadian army uniform he headed into Eastern Europe during the Great War, playing several roles in the Russian Revolution and becoming the lover of the Queen of Romania.Vilhjalmur Stefansson explored a great deal of the up to then unexplored Canadian Arctic but his search f Five short biographies of five interesting characters, all unable to escape from the North, regardless of where they went Klondike Joe Boyle built the biggest gold dredging barges in the world but got bored In an unofficial Canadian army uniform he headed into Eastern Europe during the Great War, playing several roles in the Russian Revolution and becoming the lover of the Queen of Romania.Vilhjalmur Stefansson explored a great deal of the up to then unexplored Canadian Arctic but his search for blonde Eskimos and loss of a research ship damaged his reputation.Lady Jane Franklin was determined to discover the fate of her husband s lost expedition and enshrine him as the discoverer of the NW Passage, even if she had to take on the British Navy and eventually do it herself.John Hornby was an...


  7. says:

    A suprisingly good read I picked up this book for the chapter on Lady Jane Franklin after having just finished the fictional account of her husband s lost voyage in The Terror A Novel by Dan Simmons While I enjoyed getting the actual facts of John Franklin s tribulations searching for her husband, I actually enjoyed all five of the in depth profiles of these figures whose lives were all deeply touched by events or experiences related to the far Northern reaches of Canada And even with this A suprisingly good read I picked up this book for the chapter on Lady Jane Frankli...


  8. says:

    Fascinating book Goes past the usual goldrush significants, and explores five different people from all walks of life, who did lived different lives and at different times, but were held together with a common thread The North I greatly enjoyed this book.


  9. says:

    Better than I expected Five interesting little biographies.


  10. says:

    Pretty interesting and some crazy stories Nice weave of what a prisoner is.


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