Passage to Juneau by Jonathan Raban
A Sea and Its Meanings (Vintage Departures)

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But it's clear from the tone of his prose that Raban's trip is about more than getting from point A to point B: About halfway through his long book, thoughts begins to shift from what's around him to what's within him...
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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.


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About Jonathan Raban

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Jonathan Raban is the author, most recently, of the novels Surveillance and Waxwings; his nonfiction includes Passage to Juneau and Bad Land. His honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, and the Governor's Award of the State of Washington. He lives in Seattle.
 
Published June 22, 2011 by Vintage. 449 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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on Mar 29 2002

But it's clear from the tone of his prose that Raban's trip is about more than getting from point A to point B: About halfway through his long book, thoughts begins to shift from what's around him to what's within him...

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