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The Voyage of the Northern Magic: A Family Odyssey (edition 2002)

by Diane Stuemer (Author)

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Ever dream of selling up and running away to sea? Diane Stuemer and her husband, Herbert, were once a typical suburban couple entering middle age, with a comfortable home and three boys under twelve. A year later they had sold their business, rented out their house, and were setting out to circumnavigate the globe in a 40-year-old yacht. Their entire sailing experience consisted of six afternoons on the Ottawa River. Over the next four years, squeezed into quarters no bigger than the Stuemers’ old bedroom, the family of five would become seasoned mariners. They would battle deadly storms at sea and evade real-life pirates. Dodge waterspouts and lightning strikes and witness the bombing of the USS Cole. See the staggering beauty of Borneo’s rainforest, and its destruction from logging. Be arrested at gunpoint and entertained like visiting royalty. In all, they would visit 34 countries and cover 35,000 nautical miles. Almost everywhere they went, the family made lasting friendships. They learned to trust each other and embrace opportunity, and in Kenya they learned the true meaning of humanity. As Northern Magic pushed onward, many thousands followed the family’s progress in Diane’s dispatches to the Ottawa Citizen, and thousands more turned out to cheer when the amazing Stuemers came home. From the Hardcover edition.… (more)
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Diane Stuemer's articles about her family's trip around the world ran weekly in our local paper. Unlike most people I know, I didn't read them. So, I came to this book already knowing the about Diane's tragic death and the subsequent attack on Herbert by their son, Jonathan. I think that coloured my perspective as I was reading...knowing that things did not go well for the family after their return to Canada made me question whether the parents acted responsibly by taking three young boys away for so long. There is no doubt the boys learned a lot on their trip; there is no doubt that Diane and Herbert were good parents who loved their children. Yet, they were not experienced sailors, putting the family at considerable risk. Removing the boys from the socialization that school provides them for so long must have affected their ability to integrate with their peers and deprived them of many of the supports they would otherwise have had to deal with the death of their mother. Hindsight is perfect and I'm not trying to judge the family....just trying to better understand their story.

Diane is a great writer....I only wish there were more pictures! ( )
  LynnB | Nov 7, 2017 |
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Ever dream of selling up and running away to sea? Diane Stuemer and her husband, Herbert, were once a typical suburban couple entering middle age, with a comfortable home and three boys under twelve. A year later they had sold their business, rented out their house, and were setting out to circumnavigate the globe in a 40-year-old yacht. Their entire sailing experience consisted of six afternoons on the Ottawa River. Over the next four years, squeezed into quarters no bigger than the Stuemers’ old bedroom, the family of five would become seasoned mariners. They would battle deadly storms at sea and evade real-life pirates. Dodge waterspouts and lightning strikes and witness the bombing of the USS Cole. See the staggering beauty of Borneo’s rainforest, and its destruction from logging. Be arrested at gunpoint and entertained like visiting royalty. In all, they would visit 34 countries and cover 35,000 nautical miles. Almost everywhere they went, the family made lasting friendships. They learned to trust each other and embrace opportunity, and in Kenya they learned the true meaning of humanity. As Northern Magic pushed onward, many thousands followed the family’s progress in Diane’s dispatches to the Ottawa Citizen, and thousands more turned out to cheer when the amazing Stuemers came home. From the Hardcover edition.

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