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Passage to Juneau : a sea and its meanings (1999 original; edició 1999)

de Jonathan Raban

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Jonathan Raban is about to sail alone from Seattle to the Alaskan Panhandle, following an ancient sea route rich in history, riddles, and whirlpools. It's the perfect setting for Raban's prodigious intellect, eloquence, and eye for detail. Passage to Juneau is not a travel thriller; the trip is hazardous, but that's not the point. Instead, Raban takes us on a journey of contemplation, literature, lore, mythology, and science. We learn about the canoe culture of the Northwest Indians; the British ship Discovery, which traveled the same route in 1792; and the physics of waves and turbulence, to name just a few of his far-ranging topics. And, as Raban finds himself in ominously personal waters (his father's illness, his own marriage, the daughter he left behind) it's also a journey of the heart.… (més)
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Títol:Passage to Juneau : a sea and its meanings
Autors:Jonathan Raban
Informació:London : Picador, 1999.
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Passage to Juneau de Jonathan Raban (1999)

  1. 10
    Coasting de 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.… (més)
  2. 10
    High endeavours : the life and endeavours of Miles and Beryl Smeeton de 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 de Tom Carlson (kenno82)
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    Omeros de 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 de Jonathan Raban (John_Vaughan)
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    Driving Home: An American Journey de Jonathan Raban (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: The author's own passage to 'home' in the NW.
  7. 00
    A Whale Hunt: How a Native-American Village Did What No One Thought It Could de Robert Sullivan (kenno82)
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Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings by Jonathan Raban (Author) Pantheon (1999), Edition: 1st, 448 pages Jonathan Raban solo sails his sloop from Seattle to Juneau, mirroring the explorations of George Vancouver and others at the end of the eighteenth century. While coupling the past to the present with transformative insight, Raban takes us along on his own inside passage - the interior journey of self-discovery that encompassed the voyage – coming to terms with the death of a father, with whom he had a difficult relationship; and the end of a marriage, which took him almost by surprise. Anthropology, history, oceanography, geography, geology, seamanship, folklore, literary and art history,spiritual and religious beliefs – all are woven thoughtfully and beautifully through a story that is notable for the perfect pitch of its prose. Passage to Juneau brings the complex hydrology of the Inside passage to life in ways that will amaze those who take the passage only as passengers, and makes a profound and convincing argument for the influence of sea over land in shaping the lives, cultures, art, and spiritual beliefs of the peoples of the Inside Passage. ( )
  mhall61 | Sep 19, 2021 |
Read, favourite. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 8, 2020 |
Loved this book. Sailing with Mr. Raban is an adventure in history, natural history, philosophy and it is amusing as well. Even though his adventure had a rather bitter ending, it was good to be along on the cruise. His humor is threaded throughout the story. Not obtrusive, but quiet and natural. He shared some very interesting perspectives on the native arts and ways of looking at the world around them. Whether he is right or not, I don't know, but the musings were eye-opening to me. I always enjoy when I am presented with a new perspective on the world. ( )
  MrsLee | Jan 26, 2020 |
I want to like Raban, 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 chapters (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 |
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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.
afegit per John_Vaughan | editaNY Times, Michael Gorra (Jul 14, 1999)
 
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Sur l'immense gouffre
Me bercent. D'autres fois, calme plat, grand miroir
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Jonathan Raban is about to sail alone from Seattle to the Alaskan Panhandle, following an ancient sea route rich in history, riddles, and whirlpools. It's the perfect setting for Raban's prodigious intellect, eloquence, and eye for detail. Passage to Juneau is not a travel thriller; the trip is hazardous, but that's not the point. Instead, Raban takes us on a journey of contemplation, literature, lore, mythology, and science. We learn about the canoe culture of the Northwest Indians; the British ship Discovery, which traveled the same route in 1792; and the physics of waves and turbulence, to name just a few of his far-ranging topics. And, as Raban finds himself in ominously personal waters (his father's illness, his own marriage, the daughter he left behind) it's also a journey of the heart.

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