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True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness by Lawrence Millman,Elliott Merrick

True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness
True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness
Lawrence Millman,Elliott Merrick
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North Atlantic Books; Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)
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While many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness, few manage to actually do it. One exception was twenty-four-year-old Elliott Merrick, who in 1929 left his advertising job in New Jersey and moved to Labrador, one of Canada’s most remote regions. First published by Scribner’s in 1933, True North tells the captivating story of one of the high points of Merrick’s years there: a hunting trip he and his wife, Kay, made with trapper John Michelin in 1930. Covering 300 miles over a harsh winter, they experienced an unexplored realm of nature at its most intense and faced numerous challenges. Merrick accidentally shot himself in the thigh and almost cut off his toe. Freezing cold and hunger were constant. Nonetheless, the group found beauty and even magic in the stark landscape. The couple and the trappers bonded with each other and their environment through such surprisingly daunting tasks as fabricating sunglasses to avoid snow blindness and learning to wash underwear without it freezing. Merrick’s intimate style, rich with narrative detail, brings readers into a dramatic story of survival and shares the lesson the Merricks learned: that the greatest satisfaction in life can come from the simplest things.

  • Kadar
I have spent quite a bit of time in Labrador on canoeing and fishing adventures in pristine country and simply love this book. It remains a huge and fairly untouched wilderness, although the local of the book has changed a lot due to a huge dam on the Churchill River, but Labrador is very large. I venture to say that some of these reviewers have no idea of what they are talking about, and I state this with a bit of contempt I regret to say. I too feel the authors dislike for the business world, despite being a quite successful businessman my own self. Ironic. If you truly love the wilderness, this book may become a semi-bible to you. When last I was there, we were in midst of a enormous Caribou migration which took over 2 entire days to pass by. The author was unlucky that during the time he spent there the caribou population was at an extreme low. The animals have very cyclic population numbers. Recently the numbers have been beyond enormous and are just now beginning to decline again.
  • Nidor
This is an excellent book, very well written and as poignant for today's reality as it was when it was written. I love Labrador, having been there many times and having read several classics (The Lure of the Labrador Wild, Great Heart, for two examples) and this book is right there with them. The descriptions of this husband and wife being out in the thick of the Labrador wilderness in winter are really inspiring, and gives you great respect for the harsh but wonderful lives of the Labrador trappers of the early 20th century.
  • Arcanefire
Labrador might be called the land God gave Cain, but it's truly the Great Land. This book captures so much of the spirit of "them days" when the trappers went out to the height of land to trap, traveling up the Grand River before it was dammed and it's name was changed. This is a step back in time, a visit with the storied true life legends of Labrador. Highly recommended.
  • Vobei
Great book of a remarkable tale of what times were really like in the 1930's for expeditionaries, trappers, hunters, Indians and local folk. Detail written to make you feel as if you were there. This book is an accounting of a husband and wife who embark on a journey in Labrador with a local trapper. I read this book primarily because it was suggested by an outdoor survival instructor. If you are into the bushcraft/survival community, you will definitely like this book. A good read.
  • Buriwield
Two inexperienced outsiders, husband and wife, schoolteacher and nurse, spend months with trappers on their yearly trek into the heart of frozen Labrador to gather the pelts that produce the only cash support for their families. Mind you, this is in the 1930s. They build their own canoes, sleds, and cabins as they go. They live on beans, rice, lard, flour, and whatever they can shoot for the pot. The snow and wind are constant and people die of the flu or injuries or starvation. The 2 greenhorns prove themselves and love it and come back for more. Tale is told by the teach in his diary.
  • Pruster
Not a riveting book, but a good one to follow, maybe even leans toward being a historical write. Very good description of bush life in Labrador in the earlier 20th century. Interesting. ..
  • Gholbirdred
Great Autobiography! Or Jornal! Or Story! A fun adventure read!
This book will transcend you to a time and place that makes you feel at peace with nature. Merrick's writing is like poetry in motion. You will wish you could have been there to experience the times when he is at one with the universe. The people and places he is writing about no longer exist, which is the greatest pity of all.