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Ke the route his father never travelled except in his beloved song “The Northwest Passage” which he performs both as anthem and lament at sea And she guides us through her own personal odyssey emigrating from England to Canada as a child and discovering both what was lost and what was gained as a result of that journeyIn breathtaking prose charged with vivid descriptions of the land and its people Kathleen Winter’s Boundless is a haunting and powerful story and a homage to the ever evolving and magnetic power of the Nor. The name the Northwest Passage is not written on world maps it is an idea rather than a place I d long felt the power of that idea pull me in a way I couldn t fully understand Author Kathleen Winter found herself at the intersection of a nice bit of synchronicity friends had just advised her to always have a bag packed in case someone suggests a spur of the moment adventure and then an adventure did indeed land in her lap Noah Richler offered Winter his spot as writer in residence aboard the Clipper Adventurer a luxurious icebreaker that would be carrying a mix of tourists and scientists along the same route that the doomed Franklin Expedition once took in search of the fabled Northwest Passage Knowing that you should always listen when a man named Noah tells you to get on a boat Winter was able to honestly reply My bags are already packedHaving emigrated from England when she was eight and never understanding the joy that her father found in the harsh landscape of their rural Newfoundland home Winter has a uniue perspective on this voyage Identifying with the British motivations behind the 19th century rush to the poles and the search for the Northwest Passage Winter has an especial sympathy for Franklin s widow someone who isn t really a figure in my own mental narrative of the Franklin Expedition Ideas of belonging and colonialism and land ownership colour much of this memoir and as a result elevate Boundless above mere travelogue There were things that I did not know as we looked at the place we call the Northwest Passage but whose real name is known only to itself Before I walked onshore the land lay like a dreaming body whose dream emanated brushed against me and infused my body Its elouence and message remained uiet and mysterious as our ship approached I couldn t believe we were really about to walk upon the blue white and gold vision itself It seemed impossible but was not impossible I d been given the key to enter to lie down and listen to breathe its exhalations and hear it speak and nobody does this without being changed There is much beautiful writing here about the landscape interesting anecdotes about life aboard ship and Winter uses this opportunity as a memoir Remembering her parents and life in Newfoundland the connection to the land that she experienced in the north gives Winter insight into how her father must have felt upon arriving in Canada This is all very very interesting stuff and through interactions with the two Inuit women who served as guides and resources for the passengers Winter gained perspective on how life is changing in the arctic especially urgent now as the Northwest Passage is becoming navigable and all of the circumpolar nations are rushing to establish sovereignty over the unfreezing land and its resourcesIn one of my favourite scenes the group is exploring an uninhabited island and a polar bear is spotted in the distance The call is made to evacuate back to the ship and it takes three circuits of the Zodiacs for everyone to be brought to safety all while the hungry looking polar bear makes his steady way towards the people still on land Although some people have guns and the bear is a very real danger Winter is horrified at the thought of killing it I felt the weight and enormity of his life the power of his aliveness welling out and intersecting with my own His dignity filled me with an emotion I had not experienced and could not name Winter formed a remarkable connection with the land as well I felt a new relationship with the ground I looked close and the ground sent a line of energy through my eyes and strung it through me so my body and the ground were held in tension together I m envious of Winter s voyage here and the transformations that she experienced I believe that she returned a changed person The only misstep in this book is the ending where it becomes political And I understand that having explored the past and the present Winter would become concerned with the future of the arctic I m concerned about it myself but the long section about visiting Chief Theresa Spence and her hunger strike in the shadow of the Parliament Buildings felt partisan and condescending just because a woman is a Native doesn t automatically grant her moral authority I think Chief Spence is a self serving fraud and even though Winter couldn t even determine the point of the protest she was pleased to include the story of her own pilgrimage as though it proved her transcendence of colonialism There is redemption in my eyes however when Winter ultimately concludes on her own continuing spiritual uest

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The long awaited follow up to Annabel and Kathleen Winter’s first work of narrative nonfictionIn 2010 bestselling author Kathleen Winter took a journey across the storied Northwest Passage among marine scientists historians archaeologists anthropologists and curious passengers From Greenland to Baffin Island and all along the passage Winter bears witness to the new math of the melting North where polar bears mate with grizzlies creating a new hybrid species; where the earth is on the cusp of yielding so much buried treasu. Afforded the opportunity to take passage on a ship journeying through the Northwest passage Winter jumps at the chance What follows are her thoughts on the land fellow passengers the ship itself and the connectedness to the land the animals and those who journeyed here before her many such as the Franklin Expedition who lost their livesPart travelogue part memoir this lyrical book written with uiet elegance and poetic beauty really appealed to me Her musings and thoughts about so many things the two Inuit women on the ship who really helped her understand their diminishing culture the geologist who taught her the importance of rocks a musician who became a real friend and the things she sees and feels struck just the right chord This book makes one think of one s relation to the land they live in the original people who belong to the Arctic and what is being taken away What we are willing to do to keep and further the lifestyles in which we live Such a beautifully described journey which also triggered memories from Winter s own past The pictures included in the book are wonderfulThis journey changed the way the author looked at things her relationship with the past and the land people s cultures I loved it and keep thinking about the uestions posed from reading this book maybe it changed me a little too A Wolfs Desire Reluctant Mates of narrative nonfictionIn 2010 bestselling author Kathleen Winter took a journey across the storied Northwest Passage among marine scientists historians archaeologists anthropologists and curious passengers From Greenland to Baffin Island and all along the passage Winter bears witness to the new math Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) of the melting North where polar bears mate with grizzlies creating a new hybrid species; where the earth is Zenith on the cusp A Pale Light in the Black of yielding so much buried treasu. Afforded the Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves on a ship journeying through the Northwest passage Winter jumps at the chance What follows are her thoughts Spieserye on the land fellow passengers the ship itself and the connectedness to the land the animals and those who journeyed here before her many such as the Franklin Expedition who lost their livesPart travelogue part memoir this lyrical book written with uiet elegance and poetic beauty really appealed to me Her musings and thoughts about so many things the two Inuit women Feral on the ship who really helped her understand their diminishing culture the geologist who taught her the importance Krismis van Map Jacobs of rocks a musician who became a real friend and the things she sees and feels struck just the right chord This book makes Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods one think Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche of Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, one s relation to the land they live in the Mensa Riddles Conundrums original people who belong to the Arctic and what is being taken away What we are willing to do to keep and further the lifestyles in which we live Such a beautifully described journey which also triggered memories from Winter s Julie of the Wolves own past The pictures included in the book are wonderfulThis journey changed the way the author looked at things her relationship with the past and the land people s cultures I loved it and keep thinking about the uestions posed from reading this book maybe it changed me a little too

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Re that five nations stand poised to claim sovereignty of the land; and where the local Inuit population struggles to navigate the tension between taking part in the new global economy and defending their traditional way of lifeThroughout the journey she also learns from fellow passengers Aaju Peter and Bernadette Dean who teach her about Inuit society past and present She bonds with Nathan Rogers son of the late Canadian icon Stan Rogers who died in a plane crash when Nathan was nearly four years old Nathan’s uest is to ta. An absolutely wonderful book Kathleen Winters approaches her voyage into the high Arctic as a spiritual seeker than your typical travel writer She longs for an experience of landscape rather than an intellectual examination of it Her combination of history geography travelogue memoir and poetics makes for a captivating and compulsively readable book Not only that it makes the reader reconsider what landscape is what the names we have different places say about our relationship to them and the people of that land At times funny touching inspiring and provocative this is a book that won t fail to leave you thinking about your own landscape in a new way and if you re anything like me trying to figure out how I can find my way onto a ship heading due north


10 thoughts on “Boundless Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage

  1. says:

    Afforded the opportunity to take passage on a ship journeying through the Northwest passage Winter jumps at the chance What follows are her thoughts on the land fellow passengers the ship itself and the connectedn

  2. says:

    BoundlessKathleen Winter’s subtitle is ‘Adventures in the Northwest Passage’ At times she refers to her journey as an expedition I don’t mean to be unkind but it’s not an expedition In 2010 she is invi

  3. says:

    BOTW Teresa Gallagher reads Kathleen Winter's story of her journey as the Writer in Residence on a boat travelling through the Northwest Passage and how the voyage became as much an exploration of her own roots a

  4. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Book of the WeekTeresa Gallagher reads Kathleen Winter's story of her journey as the Writer in Residence on a boat

  5. says:

    An absolutely wonderful book Kathleen Winters approaches her voyage into the high Arctic as a spiritual seeker than your typical travel writer She longs for an experience of landscape rather than an intellectual examination of it Her combination of history geography travelogue memoir and poetics makes for a captivating and compulsively readable book Not only that it makes the reader reconsider what landscape is what the names w

  6. says:

    This book like few others had a truly feeling? sensual? effective? way of getting through to me the vital importance of LAN

  7. says:

    A favorite writer travel to the Canadian far north stories about Newfoundland and Montreal what's not to love? Much of this book was wonderful but a chunk of it was also a bit muchPro The author gave me a pretty good idea that this is a cruis

  8. says:

    The name the Northwest Passage is not written on world maps it is an idea rather than a place I'd long felt the power of that idea pull me in a way I couldn't fully understand Author Kathleen Winter found herself at the intersection of a nice bit of synchronicity friends had just advised her to always have a bag packed in case someone suggests a spur of the moment adventure and then an adventure did indeed land

  9. says:

    I was expecting a writing mix of history science and personal experience but this book was personal an introspective journey through the Northwest Passage You get to know the writer and the other members of the I want to say 'cruise' but that's not right and you start to see Canada as a land with two identities s

  10. says:

    A beautiful poignant and lyrical book about a trip that Kathleen took through the Northwest passage Along with many others she travelled on a ship and explored the region This is a gorgeous reflective book It moves at a slow pace but it is full of reverence for the land its history and the people who live in this region I have new respect both for Kathleen and the North

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