Passage to Juneau

Passage to Juneau

A Sea and Its Meanings

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With the same rigorous observation (natural and social), invigorating stylishness, and encyclopedic learning that he brought to his National Book Award-winning Bad Land , Jonathan Raban conducts readers along the Inside Passage from Seattle to Juneau. The physical distance is 1,000 miles of difficult-and often treacherous-water, which Raban navigates solo in a 35-foot sailboat.

But Passage to Juneau also traverses a gulf of centuries and cultures: the immeasurable divide between the Northwest's Indians and its first European explorers-- between its embattled fishermen and loggers and its pampered new class. Along the way, Raban offers captivating discourses on art, philosophy, and navigation and an unsparing narrative of personal loss.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Vintage Departures/Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc.,, 2000
Edition: First Vintage Departures edition
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780679776147
Branch Call Number: ANF 917.982 RAB
Characteristics: 435 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm


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Feb 22, 2015

I am a romantic at heart... anyone looking for more than just a travelogue will enjoy this for its history of exploration on BC's West coast, its peoples - both indigenous and a cast of interesting latter-day new comers. Another top shelf book for my boat 'Little Castaway'

gayleevanston May 13, 2014

Detailed description of Seattle harbor and commercial fisherman's life. Thoughtful musings about recorded history and relationship to the Inner Passage along the British Columbia coast to Alaska. A sailor would LOVE this book since it is written by a sailor as he sails this seaway.

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

Raban sets out alone from his home in Seattle to cruise the Inside Passage from Puget Sound to the Alaskan Panhandle. Determined to better understand the history of the area, he finds himself learning as much about himself as he does about the aboriginal inhabitants, the early explorers or the wild pacific weather. A wonderful read by a prize-winning author who explores this world with humour, compassion and a true sense of adventure.

ser_library Aug 20, 2011

i read the sections on Juneau and on Ketchikan which i had visited... his experiences were more negative than mine, perhaps because it was at the end of his trip

Feb 25, 2010

Jonathan Raban has a very descriptive style of writing such that it is easy to visualize the areas that he is sailing through.
He includes, at the appropriate places that he is passing through, the history of the first European explorers to see the area with sections of the ships logs, and the crews of those ships.
My one disappointment is that there are no examples of the water colour sketches members of the crews (there were two ships) made during the exploration.

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Feb 28, 2010

artina thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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