Prisoners of the North

Prisoners of the North

Book - 2004
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The five 'prisoners' of the Arctic were Joe Boyle, a wealthy gold prospector; Vihjalmur Stefansson, who claimed to discover a tribe of blond Eskimos; Lady Jane Franklin, widow of famed explorer Sir John Franklin; John Hornby, whose obsessive quest for adventure took him to the Arctic's Barren Ground; and poet Robert Service. Their adventures read almost like fiction. All were loners, and obsessed by the North.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2004.
ISBN: 9780385660464
Characteristics: 328 p. :,ill., facsims., maps, ports. ;,25 cm.


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rb3221 Mar 22, 2015

Overall five amazing stories. I especially enjoyed Lady Franklin's long and persistent pursuit of her missing husband and the HMS Erebus, considering that the ship was just discovered in the fall of 2014. Well written.

May 27, 2013

May 26, 2013....finished "The Seal Wife" and as I was at the cabin, picked this out to fill in my reading time until I got back home. Started the story on "Joe Boyle". Well he certainly was an interesting character. A "get it done" kind of guy. Not someone that you would want as a relative, or a husband though. This certainly was a great pick for a fill in read......May 27th...back home and almost finished Joe's story. Great read.....May 31, just a note on a kind of weird coincidence.....I have had this book kicking around at the cabin for many years, I read a bit of it, and then when I go to the library to volunteer....what is sitting on the rack to get shelved?....this book. Kinda weird! July 3, 2013....left my other book at home, so started Joe Boyle's story over. (I had forgotten so much) Hopefully I will retain more with this second reading! He really was an amazing go getter, and such a rotten husband/father/brother! July 9, just finished Joe Boyle's story, he died of heart disease, and had a stroke at a fairly early age. He didn't drink or smoke, must have been that type A personality that got him! Anyway, he got things done, but didn't carry through with minor details of financial sorts. Kind of "I like adventure, but be damned with the boring details of life." A hero/loser. Interesting. I'll read another story from this book, in between other books.

Jul 03, 2011

Not as good as 'My Country' but still good. Five longer sketches of Canadians whom many have forgotten.

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