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As the Mississippi grows from its tiny source to a wide and powerful flow, Harris gains confidence as a canoeist, faith in his endeavor, and an understanding of his varying identity as an African American traveling alone from north to south in the United States. His exact and brilliantly revealing prose shows us how each bend in this mighty river turns itself within the paddler, how person and river are entwined--and who is in charge.
With an astute ear for irony, philosophy, and wisdom, as well as truths about the river, Harris takes the reader through locks and lakes on the northern Mississippi to the wild and swift and meandering river south of St. Louis. Songs of joy, troughs of loneliness, terrific storms, birdsong, paranoia, friendly captains, wild dogs, and ghosts of slaves fill his pages. Then we face off with two hunters, two shotguns, and Harris's single pistol... and still the river leads him on to New Orleans. Like the river he travels, Harris cuts through to the core of himself and his country. Triumphant! --Byron Ricks
Whereas I am glad this author shared with us his experience- I could have done without all the purple prose and actually wanted more about his journey and what was the struggle and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gypsy88
Recently found this author and glad I did. I enjoyed his book about Harlem much more than I did this one but his writing is still vivid and tight. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Roderick S. Haynes
Read this book in anticipation of a family driving trip along the Mississippi from the Wisconsin border down to St.Louis. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeff Murphy
I truly enjoyed reading this book. The author's musings were thought-provoking and clearly articulated. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Vanni Culbertson
read this yrs ago from the library & decided to add to my libraryPublished 13 months ago by daisybelle
Beautifully written book. Mr Riley chronicles his solo trip down the Mississippi river and the people and events he experienced. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Margie Moranville
While reading the first 20 - 30 pages I found myself growing more and more angry about how reckless Eddy Harris was in pursuing this incredible adventure. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Folks have already done very well reviewing other aspects of this book. I'll take another tack.
I was struck and really touched by the advice Eddy L. Read more