Passage to Juneau

Passage to Juneau

A Sea and Its Meanings

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Baker & Taylor
The author describes his solo voyage from his Seattle home to the Alaska Panhandle

Blackwell North Amer
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.
When Jonathan Raban set out alone in his own boat to sail from his Seattle home to the Alaskan Panhandle, he wanted to decode the many riddles and meanings of the sea: in Indian art and mythology, in the journals of Vancouver and his officers and midshipmen, in poetry and painting, in the physics of waves and turbulence. His voyage began as an intellectual adventure, but he soon found himself in deeper, more ominously personal waters than he had planned.

& Taylor

The award-winning author of Bad Land offers a meditative, intriguing account of his solo voyage from his Seattle home to the Alaska Panhandle and describes the rich natural wonders, perilous waters, and profound experiences he encountered along the way. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2000, c1999
New York : Pantheon Books, [1999]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780679442622
Branch Call Number: 917.982 RABAN RABAN
Characteristics: 435 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Notes: The author describes his solo voyage from his Seattle home to the Alaska Panhandle


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Feb 22, 2015

I am a romantic at heart... anyone looking for more than just a travelogue will enjoy this for its history of exploration on BC's West coast, its peoples - both indigenous and a cast of interesting latter-day new comers. Another top shelf book for my boat 'Little Castaway'

gayleevanston May 13, 2014

Detailed description of Seattle harbor and commercial fisherman's life. Thoughtful musings about recorded history and relationship to the Inner Passage along the British Columbia coast to Alaska. A sailor would LOVE this book since it is written by a sailor as he sails this seaway.

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

Raban sets out alone from his home in Seattle to cruise the Inside Passage from Puget Sound to the Alaskan Panhandle. Determined to better understand the history of the area, he finds himself learning as much about himself as he does about the aboriginal inhabitants, the early explorers or the wild pacific weather. A wonderful read by a prize-winning author who explores this world with humour, compassion and a true sense of adventure.

ser_library Aug 20, 2011

i read the sections on Juneau and on Ketchikan which i had visited... his experiences were more negative than mine, perhaps because it was at the end of his trip

Feb 25, 2010

Jonathan Raban has a very descriptive style of writing such that it is easy to visualize the areas that he is sailing through.
He includes, at the appropriate places that he is passing through, the history of the first European explorers to see the area with sections of the ships logs, and the crews of those ships.
My one disappointment is that there are no examples of the water colour sketches members of the crews (there were two ships) made during the exploration.


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Feb 28, 2010

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