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Sleeping Island by PG Downes

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  • Sleeping Island by PG Downes
Gyan Books
$14.95
SKU:
GB007
Weight:
0.30 KGS

 Product Description

Gyan Books in India reproduce many books now out of print with an expired copyright. This saves the trouble of looking for a used copy sometimes at a high price.

Printed about 1940

Amazing Barren Land Stories

P. G. Downes has published his experiences in finding Nueltin Lake, far to the north o fReindeer Lake, which is far north of Flin Flon, is the best book of Canadian travel that has appeared for several years. Sleeping Island is a book that will delight those who enjoy the records of the early explorers ." Globe and Mail, May 8, 1943. (less)

Downes was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1909, the son of an Episcopal clergyman. He graduated from Kent School in Kent, Connecticut in 1928 and subsequently from Harvard University. He made his first trip to the far north in 1936. When Downes was not traveling, he lived and taught in Concord, Massachusetts

On his trips, he kept detailed journals in which he recorded not only daily events, but also the stories and traditions of the Cree and Dene people. In 1939, Downes, with his companion, John, from the Brabant Lake area ascended the Cochrane River starting at the town of Brochet on Reindeer Lake, without maps, and depending solely upon the words of the local Cree Indians to find his way to the Thlewiaza River and his final destination, the Hudson Bay outpost on Nueltin Lake. Based on this trip, Downes wrote the classic canoe adventure book, Sleeping Island.

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