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The Survival of the Bark Canoe (Paperback)

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Description


In Greenville, New Hampshire, a small town in the southern part of the state, Henri Vaillancourt makes birch-bark canoes in the same manner and with the same tools that the Indians used. The Survival of the Bark Canoe is the story of this ancient craft and of a 150-mile trip through the Maine woods in those graceful survivors of a prehistoric technology. It is a book squarely in the tradition of one written by the first tourist in these woods, Henry David Thoreau, whose The Maine Woods recounts similar journeys in similar vessel. As McPhee describes the expedition he made with Vaillancourt, he also traces the evolution of the bark canoe, from its beginnings through the development of the huge canoes used by the fur traders of the Canadian North Woods, where the bark canoe played the key role in opening up the wilderness. He discusses as well the differing types of bark canoes, whose construction varied from tribe to tribe, according to custom and available materials. In a style as pure and as effortless as the waters of Maine and the glide of a canoe, John McPhee has written one of his most fascinating books, one in which his talents as a journalist are on brilliant display.

About the Author


John McPhee is the author of twenty-six books, including "Annals of the Former World," for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. He has been a staff writer at "The New Yorker" since 1965 and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Praise For…


“In his own beautifully crafted work, McPhee treats both man and boat with all the respect and admiration their precarious presence commands.” -- Time
“Every white water and wilderness buff should rise to it like a trout, but as all followers of Mr. McPhee's work would expect, its appeal and value cannot be so narrowly limited; it's a lively chronicle, rich in character study and observations.” -- The Wall Street Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374516932
ISBN-10: 0374516936
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: May 1982
Pages: 114
Language: English