The Sea Runners

The Sea Runners

eBook - 2006 | 1st Harvest ed.
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In this timeless survival story, four indentured servants escape their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Battling unrelenting high seas and fierce weather from New Archangel, Alaska, to Astoria, Oregon, the men struggle to avoid hostile Tlingit Indians, to fend off starvation and exhaustion, and to endure their own doubt and distrust. Based on an actual incident in 1853, The Sea Runners is a spare and awe-inspiring tale of the human quest for freedom.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2006.
Edition: 1st Harvest ed.
ISBN: 9780547416595
0547416598
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill., map.

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SnoIsleLib_JoanG Sep 23, 2017

Anyone who has navigated the waters of Southeast Alaska as I have, will understand why I can say that I felt, while reading this book, as though I was in the sea runners' boat every minute of their long journey! A fantastic read!


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DorisWaggoner
Jun 29, 2019

Maybe I didn't give this book enough chance, but I read up until the night of the escape of the four Swedes, indentured servants at Russian New Archangel (Sitka). I read way past the number of pages in Nancy Pearl's formula (if you're over 50, subtract your age from 100; if you can't engage in a book after reading that number of pages, skip it and find a book that does engage you). I couldn't find anything in any of the characters to interest me, so I kept putting the book down and picking up another of Doig's books. So I turned it in unfinished. If I'd given it more time, I might have loved it, as Doig is one of my favorite writers. Even in this one, his descriptions of the natural world, for the characters who had the wherewithal to pay attention to it, were up to Doig's standards. It was the people who weren't.

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scribby
Dec 01, 2018

An absorbing tale of escape and hardship. The four “sea runners” are rough, quarrelsome and not very likable, but the story is told with such beautiful, luminous, poetic prose (and the observations on nature and history as so well-researched and well-written) that the reader is drawn into the story nonetheless.

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whatcomhillwalker
Oct 01, 2018

The author explores a different landscape, era, occupation and plot line than his usual Montana/Northwest farm community experience. Set in the Russian controlled Sitka area, 4 very different men find themselves united in an attempt to escape indentured servitude. They steal a native canoe and head south toward Astoria by sea in a barely inhabited Pacific coast and inside passage.
I've enjoyed many of Doig's books but I was leary of such an abrupt change from his usual genre. Nice to say that I was not dissapointed by this one.

SnoIsleLib_JoanG Sep 23, 2017

Anyone who has navigated the waters of Southeast Alaska as I have, will understand why I can say that I felt, while reading this book, as though I was in the sea runners' boat every minute of their long journey! A fantastic read!

CRRL_VirginiaJ Jun 08, 2017

An adventure story and a character study. In 19th-century, Russian-owned Alaska, a party of men escape virtual slavery to try their luck on the open sea.

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AlexaAnn
Jul 05, 2016

Doig really goes all out to write his prose poetically in this one. His turns of phrase, though sometimes hard to follow, are descriptive. Great story, I found it easy to put down and pick back up again.

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ebichel
May 01, 2015

I am about 2/3 through the book. Great read so far. Good yarn. Well researched..

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