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Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings

ISBN13: 9780679776147
ISBN: 0679776141
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
Published Date:
Pages: 448
Average Goodreads rating: 3.91/5 (1380 ratings)

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.