7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An unorthodox but excellent book,
By A Customer
This review is from: Passage To Juneau: A Sea and Its Meaning (Paperback)
This was a book that had an immediate appeal to me: I live in England, I have worked and lived in Seattle Wa., I love the Pacific North West and I have been to Juneau, Alaska. When I started the book, I wondered if this was a writer who thought that he was a better wordsmith than he actually is. But the more I got into the book, the more I appreciated his interlacing of his own voyage and his observations of the sea and the places he stops at with the voyage of Vancouver, and later, with his reflections about the death of his father. The writing about contemporary England (e.g., about 'estuary English') rang very true. The account of his father's death and funeral was poignant and authentic, although most English people would be a little reluctant to reveal family rifts on the printed page. The book has a sting in the tail in terms of the author's personal life. This is an unusual book but, by the time I finished it, I was convinced that the unorthodox formula worked.