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H American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of globalization and climate change Fourteen years before Lewis and Clark Mackenzie set off to cross the continent of North America with a team of voyageurs and Chipewyan guides to find a trade route to the riches of the East What he found was a river that he named Disappointment Mackenzie died thinking he had fai. I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books the publisher It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley Goodreads Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog I also posted it to my Facebook LinkedIn Twitter and Google Plus pagesI reuested this book as the description sounded interesting a mix of history and a modern day reenactment This is the first book by Brian Castner that I have readI had high hopes for this book but unfortunately it was less than stellar The premise of the book is Alexander MacKenzie s search for the Northwest Passage and the author s trip following Mackenzie s path The parts dealing with the history of MacKenzie s trip were the most enjoyable part of the book The author s modern day narrative I found to be rambling at times and his writing style made it hard to focus and enjo

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Disappointment River

In 1789 Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years In 2016 the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey and discovered the Passage he could not findDisappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back to the heroic age of Nort. I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie s discovery of the Mackenzie River At 1100 miles it is North Americas second largest river Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with Mackenzie in his hunt for the northwest passage Alexander Mackenzie made the trip in Jun 1789 with a crew of thirteen made up of voyageurs and native people In June 2016 Brian Castren made the same trip in a fiberglass canoe with all modern euipment and camping food Setting off from the Great Slave Lake at the same spot as Mackenzie he followed his route to the Beaufort Sea The major change in the two hundred plus year is the retreating of the iceThe book is well written and researched Oh how I would have loved to do that trip myself But with the book I can mentally travel it I know the area of the North West Territories fairl

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Led He was wrongIn this book Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose he personally retraces his travels battling exhaustion exposure mosuitoes white water rapids and the threat of bears He transports readers to a world rarely glimpsed in the media of tar sands thawing permafrost remote indigenous villages and at the end a wide open Arctic Ocean that could become a far northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil mone. I appreciated the history lesson but something never uite gelled for me


10 thoughts on “Disappointment River

  1. says:

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie’s discovery of the Mackenzie River At 1100 miles it is North Americas second largest river Then as per usual in those days I

  2. says:

    “Paddling the Deh Cho felt like walking a tightrope Don’t look down don’t look around don’t think too much about what you are doing don’t think about being small and exposed just put one foot in front of the other paddle to the next point That’s it If you pick your head up look around you’ll realize how far from help you are

  3. says:

    Marco Polo Columbus Magellan Henry Hudson Captain Cook Alexander Mackenzie Lewis ClarkMackenzie? We know the names of the gr

  4. says:

    Interesting research but clearly written for a macho male audienceSee my other ten word book reviews at my blog tenwordbookreviewswordpresscom

  5. says:

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books the publisher It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley Goodreads Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog I also posted it to my Facebook LinkedIn Twitter and Google Plus pagesI reuested

  6. says:

    Castner wove together a fascinating story of two 1200 mile journeys by canoe down the Mackenzie River also known as the Deh Cho and Disappointment River in Canada's Northwest TerritoriesThe first journey was undertaken in 1

  7. says:

    “Mackenzie traversed those waters via canoe and so I planned the same My choice involved than historic homage; it is th

  8. says:

    I appreciated the history lesson but something never uite gelled for me

  9. says:

    A sub genre I've developed a taste for canoeing adventures Castner whose voice feels very authentic to me does a magnificent job of t

  10. says:

    In the late 18th Century Alexander Mackenzie convinced his employer the newly formed North West Company that it should help fund his mission to find a northwest river passage to the northern ocean and China Alternating between this original story of exploration and his own 21st Century effort to retrace Mackenzie's trek Ca