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

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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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A rich, multilayered narrative of solitary travel through a vast and chilly landscape.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Passage to Juneau: A Sea and ...

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As he recounts fishing a rain jacket he'd mistaken for a corpse out of cold Pacific waters, Raban wryly confesses that gallivanting around the world in a small boat is a continuing education in one'

Oct 04 1999 | Read Full Review of Passage to Juneau: A Sea and ...

Austin Chronicle

And while his stated goal is to "meditate on the sea, at sea," a matter reiterated in this travelogue's subtitle, A Sea and Its Meanings, Raban takes plenty of time out to consider matters as varied as mythology, art, colonialism, his father's death, and his own troubled marriage.

Dec 03 1999 | Read Full Review of Passage to Juneau: A Sea and ...

The New York Review of Books

By the time I arrived in the Northwest, fleets of white cruise ships were on regular patrol up and down the Inside Passage, and the sea had become a medium through which passengers could scan what Muir called “the glorious pages of Nature’s Bible.” As a copywriter for a cruise line put it:.

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