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Passage to Juneau by Jonathan Raban

Passage to Juneau (1999)

by Jonathan Raban

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    Coasting by Jonathan Raban (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: It is difficult to choose between these marvellous travel narratives but Coasting (an earlier work) is full of the humanity of Raban's writing. Passage is more scholarly, containing deep history, but has a theme of loss. Coasting celebrates both the travel and the country.… (more)
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    High endeavours : the life and endeavours of Miles and Beryl Smeeton by Miles Clark (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: Raban encompasses the spirit of the Smeetons and pays a respectful visit to their memory during his passage.
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    Hatteras Blues: A Story from the Edge of America by Tom Carlson (kenno82)
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    Omeros by Derek Walcott (thorold)
    thorold: Raban does in prose what Walcott does in verse for the diagonally-opposite corner of the continent.
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    Old Glory : A Voyage Down the Mississippi by Jonathan Raban (John_Vaughan)
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    Driving Home: An American Journey by Jonathan Raban (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: The author's own passage to 'home' in the NW.
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    A Whale Hunt: How a Native-American Village Did What No One Thought It Could by Robert Sullivan (kenno82)

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I want to like Arabian, but find that he often goes on for too long. The history of the initial British exploration of the Inside Passage while interesting and integral, could have been shorter by two or three chapter (at least). I did manage to finish this one, but it was a slog. ( )
  Grace.Van.Moer | Jun 15, 2019 |
Reminds me of Travels With Charley, but on a boat and with books instead of a dog. Lots on the PNW native tribes. ( )
  pizzadj2 | May 27, 2019 |
A wonderful addition to any nautical/maritime/fishing library. ( )
  dele2451 | May 23, 2018 |
I was alomst a bit annoyed when the intimate, personal accounts popped up - as I knew they inevitably would - because concerning landscape and its meaning for the Natives of the Northwest, this is one of the finest of Raban's descriptive pieces. But only until I understood to what extent the several levels were interwoven. And yet - I'm not sure if the people concerned in the autobiographic sections would have approved to be inlcuded so explicitly...
  Kindlegohome | Oct 23, 2015 |
Rather as he does in Coasting, Raban takes the conventional framework of the travel narrative and shakes it up to give structure to a complex, multifaceted meditation on the ways people engage with places and struggle to find sense in them. The result is more like a narrative poem than a prose travel book — ideas and trains of thought are linked by being juxtaposed and intermingled in the text, rather than by the author drawing explicit connections between them. The closest parallel I could think of to the effect is Derek Walcott's Omeros, but Raban manages to do it without the safety-net of poetic meter. Daring, elegant, and extremely rewarding for the reader, even if Raban's bleak mood is sometimes a bit hard to take. ( )
  thorold | Jun 16, 2014 |
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''Passage to Juneau'' shows that the sea isn't only the antonym of land, that wilderness is something other than civilization's absence. For like beauty -- or like the sublime, to which Raban devotes some of his best pages -- the wilderness has its being in the beholder's eye.
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Je sens vibrer en moi toutes les passions
D'un vaisseau qui souffre:
Le bon vent, la tempete et ses convulsions

Sur l'immense gouffre
Me bercent. D'autres fois, calme plat, grand miroir
De mon desespoir!

- Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal
'That's a funny piece of water,' said Captain Hamilton
- Joseph Conrad, The Shadow Line
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He was walking the dock; a big lummox, yellow hair tied back in a ponytail with a red bandanna, bedroll strapped to his shoulders.
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British-born Jonathan Raban sets out on a passage from Seattle to Juneau in a small boat that is more a waterborne writing den, and as usual with the brilliant Raban, this journey becomes a vehicle for history and heart-stopping descriptions that will make readers want to hail him as one of the finest talents who's picked up a pen in the 20th century. The voyage through the Inside Passage from Washington's Puget Sound to Alaska churns up memories and stirs up hidden emotions and Raban dwells on many, including the death of his father and his own role of Daddy to his young daughter, Julia, left behind in Seattle. More than just a personal travelogue, however, Passage to Juneau deftly weaves in the stories of others before him--from Indians whom white men formerly greeted with baubles set afloat on logs, to Captain Vancouver, who risked mutiny on his ship when he banned visits with prostitutes, some of whom offered their services for bits of scrap metal. Pressed into every page are intimate descriptions of life at sea--the fog-shrouded coasts, the crackly radio that keeps him linked to the mainland, the salty marine air, and the fellow sailors who are likewise drawn by a life of tossing on water. While Raban successfully steers his boat to the desired port, readers ultimately discover that this insightful, talented sage is in fact emotionally in deep water and may not fully be captain of his own life. --Melissa Rossi

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The Inside Passage from Puget Sound to Alaska is winding, turbulent, and deep--an ancient, thousand-mile-long sea route, rich in dangerous whirlpools, eddies, rips, and races. Here flourished the canoe culture of the Northwest Indians, with their fantastic painted masks and complex iconography and their stories of malign submarine gods and monsters. The unhappy British ship Discovery, captained by George Vancouver, came through these open reaches and narrow chasms in 1792. The early explorers were quickly followed by fur traders, settlers, missionaries, anthropologists, fishermen, and tourists, each with their own designs on this intricate and haunted sea.… (more)

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