Brian Keenan's fascination with Alaska began as a small boy, while reading Jack London's wondrous, "Call of the Wild".
With a head full of questions about its inspiring landscape and a heart informed by his love of desolate and barren places, Brian Keenan sets out for Alaska to discover its four geographical quarters, from snowmelt in May to snowfall in September, and en route, finds a land as fantastical as a fairytale, but whose vastness has a very peculiar type of allure...From dog-mushing on a frozen lake beneath the whirling colours of the aurora borealis, to camping in a two dollar tent in the tundra of the arctic circle, Brian Keenan seeks out the ultimate wilderness experience and along the way, encounters hard-core survivalists who know what struggle and endurance mean, from their daily battle with nature to exist.
He discovers that true wilderness is as much a state of mind, as it is a place. And ultimately to make Alaska home, one must surrender to the land.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/10/2005
- Category: True stories of heroism, endurance & survival
- ISBN: 9780552999731
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Review by reading_fox
Variable. Some genuinely well written and interesting experiences of life as a tourist in Alaska, interspersed by a lot of spiritualist nonsense, that frequently fails to make any kind of sense whatsoever. One assumes that it too is the literal experiences of the author, who has failed to understand the world around him. Given some of the extremely naive experiences he undergoes without the spiritualism this might well be a reasonable conclusion.Based on a little more than a whim the author decides to take his family for an extended holiday - from their native Ireland, too one of the most extreme places on earth, Alaska. Little detail is given about the fmailiy's reaction to this, or to the arrangements required - it seems the author had contact with a lot of friends who did most of the hard work. Once there they move around a bit with the family, and alos just the author on his own while the family are left behind to amuse themeselves. THis is somewhat disappointing as the observations of the family coul dhave addeda great deal to the commentary of life in Alaska.TBC