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Journey: A Novel por James A. Michener
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Journey: A Novel (original 1988; edición 1994)

por James A. Michener (Autor)

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In an absorbing historical novel, five men who brave the frozen Canadian wilderness during the Klondike gold rush of 1897, risking everything to fulfill their dreams. A highly readable drama filled with the blend of fact and fiction that is Michener's trademark.((Random House--Fiction-Historical) From the Hardcover edition.… (más)
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Título:Journey: A Novel
Autores:James A. Michener (Autor)
Info:Fawcett Crest Books / Ballantine Books (1994), Edition: First Edition, 323 pages
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Journey por James A. Michener (1988)

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    Alaska por James A. Michener (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: Journey was originally intended to be a section in Michener's Alaska but that part was cut during the editing process.
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    The Golden Treasury por Francis Turner Palgrave (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: One of the characters has Palgrave with him on the journey, and several of the poems from the collection are quoted in the novel.
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The story of a group of 4 English aristocrats and their Irish servant who attempt to get to Dawson City, Alaska, from Montreal, Canada, via the MacKenzie River. The leader of the group, Lord Luton, despised America and hence the group agreed that they would travel only in Canada. This was a big mistake by a pig-headed leader as the Canadian route was more difficult. This was even told to them by Indians that they met. However, the group supported Luton, they stayed together, and became great friends and companions. Three of the party died: 1 by drowning and 2 from scurvy. Only Luton and the servant (gamekeeper) arrived in Dawson City after a 2 year trek. I've read that this book, short by Michener's standard, at only 389 pages, was taken from his much longer novel, Alaska. I've not yet read Alaska, but this book is able to be enjoyed on its own merit. 389 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Jul 7, 2020 |
This is a great story. Especially for readers like me who can’t seem to get through one of his lingered works without taking ‘breaks”—reading other books in between. Michener’s Books are always well-researched, creating charater’s which draw the reader into believing the story is true. Given my lack of knowledge of the gold rush—only knowing it happened, this story brings to life the realities of the people swarming to the site, knowing nothing of the terrain (I defitely never thought of mosquitos in the Arctic)! The moral I took from the story is that no matter how much you think you know, always listen to other’s point of view and weigh it equally with your own. All people are created equal and others recommendations are offered as help. To refuse to consider them is to refuse help—no one person can survive alone in this world—we need each other. ( )
  kurdziel | Jan 19, 2019 |
Back in the day, I was a huge James Michener fan, and I thought I'd read all his books. Somehow or other, Journey slipped through the cracks, so I was eager to read it-- especially since it takes place during the Klondike Gold Rush during the late 1890s.

As Michener states at the end of the book, Journey was originally a chapter in his novel, Alaska, and it had to be cut from the final edition. He liked the story so much that he kept it, and it was published as a novel in 1989. (Only someone like Michener could cut one chapter from his book and have it be long enough for a 200-page novel!)

The story follows four English aristocrats and an Irish servant as they take the arduous overland route through Canada, chosen because the leader of the expedition hated America so much that he refused to let even his little toe cross the border into the U.S. In true Michener fashion, I was hooked by the story, the setting, and-- last but not least-- the characters. The U.S.-hating Lord Luton is a supreme example of his class and era, and it's a miracle my eyes didn't lock in the back of my head due to all the eye-rolling he caused me. It's hard for me not to get involved as I read a Michener novel, and Journey was no exception.

If you love historical fiction that not only teaches you about history but also tells a wonderful story, you can't go wrong by reading this book-- especially since it's several hundred pages shorter than a standard Michener novel. Who knows? You may get hooked and start reading those Michener "doorstops," too. The man certainly knew how to tell a multi-generational tale, and few authors can even come close. ( )
  cathyskye | Jan 12, 2019 |
-- I found this slim novel at recycling center. While reading JOURNEY I had to remind myself it's fiction. In a few pages at end of novel there's historical background & Michener explains his writing process. -- ( )
  MinaIsham | Oct 22, 2018 |
I was looking for a book set in the Yukon to read for our sesquicentennial year and I saw this book on a list. I've read a lot of Michener's books but didn't know about this one which is about British gentlemen going to the Klondike Gold Rush using an all-Canadian route. Michener said he wrote this book with two aims in mind: "to acquaint American readers with facts about Canadian existence, and to demonstrate to Canadian readers my respect for the history and achievements of their country." Much of the material in this book was originally included in Michener's book Alaska but it was cut in order to shorten that book. When Michener decided to redo the story as its own book he was able to include more information. He had McClelland and Stewart publish the book and the royalties from the sale went to provide funds for the Journey Prize which is a literary award for the best short story published by an emerging writer in a Canadian literary magazine. That's a pretty amazing legacy for a non-Canadian to leave.

While this story is fiction it is based on thorough research of the adventurers who went to the Klondike goldfields through Canada instead of over the Chilkoot Pass from Alaska. I had never realized that so many people took that route to get to the Klondike but it was quite popular with British and Canadian prospectors. The leader of the expedition in this book was Lord Evelyn Luton, a British nobleman who led a crew made up of his cousin, Harry Carpenter, his nephew, Philip Henslow and Philip's friend, Trevor Blythe. Lord Luton also asked his Irish gamekeeper, Tim Fogarty, to join them as the expedition servant. They left Britain in July 1897 by boat, landing in Montreal where they took the railway to Calgary and then a branch line to Edmonton. There was conflicting advice about which route to take from Edmonton but the group decided on a river route using the Athabasca and Mackenzie Rivers to go north. They left Edmonton in the middle of August knowing they could not make it all the way before freeze-up but intending to stay over the winter along the route. They got just short of Fort Norman and established a habitation along the shore of the Gravel River which feeds into the Mackenzie. Having fared quite well over the winter they started out again in June of 1898 but they immediately lost the first of their numbers. By the time their epic journey was over more men would die.

Michener lays most of the blame for the tragic outcome of the journey on the shoulders of Lord Luton who was determined to find a route to Dawson City that did not mean entering into US territory despite advice to the contrary. It is hard to believe someone could be so stubborn and high-handed but there are real life precedents for him in the annals of exploration. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jul 22, 2017 |
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When on 17 July 1897 the steamship Portland docked at Seattle, bringing belated news and hard evidence that an enormously rich strike of gold had been made the summer before along the Klondike River on the extreme western border of Canada, the world was startled by a felicitous sentence scribbled in haste by an excited reporter who visited the ship.
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In an absorbing historical novel, five men who brave the frozen Canadian wilderness during the Klondike gold rush of 1897, risking everything to fulfill their dreams. A highly readable drama filled with the blend of fact and fiction that is Michener's trademark.((Random House--Fiction-Historical) From the Hardcover edition.

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