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5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive Introduction to the Norhwest Passage, 15 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Northwest Passage: Atlantic to Pacific - a Portrait and Guide (Bradt Travel Guides) (Paperback)
This introduction and guide to the North West Passage is an attractive package and well worth reading even if one does not intend to go there oneself. It consists of a neat balance between text and illustration, and has the merit of being informative yet not exhaustive, i.e. leaving the reader with plenty of opportunity to venture further (assisted by the leads Tony Soper supplies in his acknowledgements).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last and best unexplored territory, 25 July 2012
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Galer B. Barnes (Mendocino, California) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Northwest Passage: Atlantic to Pacific - a Portrait and Guide (Bradt Travel Guides) (Paperback)
Tony Soper is probably the only person who could write this book. He is very likely the only non-ship's employee to have made the trip through the Northwest Passage four times, and certainly the only one with the incredible storehouse of history, naturalist's intelligence, and lore that he possesses. Long time bird expert, BBC personality, and expedition guide Tony Soper has spent decades on the ocean and given us definitive guides to both poles. Now he brings his singular accumulated knowledge to the last frontier: the northwest passage. Through history, descriptive text, naturalist's descriptions of birds, animals and even the ice itself, this is a guide for the lucky few who plan to take the trip themselves, but it is also the indispensable guide for those of us who must live vicariously through the adventures of men like Soper. The is the first ever guide to the Northwest Passage, it's the only guide you need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far more than just a guidebook, 12 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Northwest Passage: Atlantic to Pacific - a Portrait and Guide (Bradt Travel Guides) (Paperback)
Whether or not you plan to travel there,the history of this remote and evocative area is fascinating and Tony Soper does it full justice. For centuries men dreamed of finding this route and many died in the quest; this was true adventuring and the first quarter of the book describes their extraordinary endeavours. Now - by complete contrast - adventure tour operators have made it safely and comfortably accessible to any who can afford the cost. Soper's descriptions of the places, people and spectacular wildlife open to today's travellers are knowledgeable and very readable. Linguists and collectors of unusual trivia will enjoy the translations of the local place-names (for example Uqsuqtuuq means 'lots of fat' because of the amount of blubbery mammals that gather in its waters, and Ukpeagvik means 'Place where snowy owls are hunted'). I've no chance of going there, but this book brought a fascinating place alive and I loved it. Far more than just a guidebook, it was a very absorbing read.
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