Northern Rover by A. L. Karras
The Life Story of Olaf Hanson

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From 1919 to 1970, Olaf Hanson was a trapper, trader, prospector, game guardian, fisherman, and road blasting expert in northeastern Saskatchewan. He told his life story to popular Saskatchewan author A. L. Karras, whose manuscript, written in the 1980s, only came to light after his death in 1999.

In an uncompromising, straightforward style, Karras and Hanson reveal the geography, wildlife, and natural history of the region as well as the business and social interactions between people. The book offers a look at the vanished subsistence and commercial economy of the boreal forest, wound around a fascinating personal story of courage and physical stamina.


About A. L. Karras

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Arthur L. Karras authored the classic Saskatchewan books North toCree Lake: The Rugged Lives of the Trappers Who Leave CivilizationBehind and Face the North Wind. This manuscript came tolight after his death in 1999.
Published August 20, 2008 by University of Washington Press. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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