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5.0 out of 5 stars No Ordinary Story, 8 Mar. 2010
This review is from: No Ordinary Woman: The Story of Mary Schaffer Warren (Paperback)
I fisrt came across the story of Mary Schaffer Warren in one of Graeme Pole's Altitude Guides to the Canadian Rockies. Gradually, I became more interested in this extraordinary woman until I bought her own book, 'Hunter of Peace'. That's her account of her wild land travels 100 years ago through almost trackless country. It's a great account but leaves out a lot of the background of this remarkable woman.
Janice Sandford Beck has revealed a lot of that background by her trawls through Schaffer Warren's articles, diaries and letters. She reveals a complex woman, rather held back by the strictures of her background, upbriniging and contemporary society. I'd detected a slight touch of condescension in Schaffer Warren's writing about the 'lower orders'; Beck calls it plain snobbery from her past. But this isn't a hatchet job; Beck's admiration for her subject glows throughout the book. She makes the point that Schaffer Warren went to places that women wouldn't normally have visited, and so encouraged them to think beyond their imposed limitations. Schaffer Warren may not have reached the pinnacle of being a feminist heroine but she ought to have been held up as one. And, for the record, I'm male and sometimes inclined to chauvinism. But I'll stand over Schaffer Warren's rightful place in feminist history.
This is definitely the best companion book to 'Hunter of Peace'; it explains a lot that's left unsaid in that wonderful book. If you want to know more about the drive behind Schaffer warren, this will tell you.
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