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Canoeing with the Cree Paperback – Deluxe Edition, 2004
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I'm sure many critics would complain about the simplicity of Eric's writing and the lack of visual development in some segments. But take this book for what it is and just enjoy it. Makes a good gift, especially for Nintendo bound teenagers who need to see a bigger world.
The book is written from the journals that were kept along the trip. It is clear that this is a book of its times written by a man who was still quite young. While I would strongly encourage any teens to read this book to realize that they too can give themselves a goal that is worthwhile if only for being difficult, I would also encourage their parents to be ready to answer some questions about the wisdom and risks of such adventures and about some of the attitudes of the past. There is a casual acceptance of the bigotry against Native Americans that was common at the time and Sevareid was not yet the mature thoughtful man that we may remember from the CBS Evening News.
Still, the fact that a reasonably literate student was able to take, and appreciate, such a grand adventure while trying his best to bring it alive for us was a remarkable feat. Twain, at his best, gave us better feel for river adventure, but he had the advantage that he could embroider the story whenever necessary, while Sevareid was already writing and thinking as a journalist. This is a quick read that almost anyone, from a child in middle school to an adult whose days of imagined adventure are long past, can enjoy.
In 1930 two young men paddled their way from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in Canada. A trip of 2200 miles. Everyone told them it could not be done. Eric Sevareid, then a 17 year old, fresh graduate of high school, and his best buddy, Walter Port, planned the entire trip. They garnered financial support, collected supplies and a canoe and paddles and off they went. Five months later after trials and tribulations, they made it to Hudson Bay. Their journey is documented by Eric Sevareid, who gathered the weekly diaries he sent to their local Minneapolis paper, and in 1935, he wrote this book.
I stepped back in time to the 1930's when life seemed to be more innocent and the world a safer place to be. Sevareid who went on to become one of the most revered journalists of our time, wrote in an unpretentious manner, and we can feel the excitement of their adventures. They traversed unknown land and water. No one, it seems, had ever accomplished this trek. Even the best canoeists in the country failed. How then, did these two young lads accomplish this journey? Intelligence and good luck, I'd say. They questioned everyone they met, took upon themselves to digest all of the information and made decisions based on their best judgement. And, most of the time they were correct. They had no radio, no maps( this was uncharted country), little preserved food except for hardtack, but they had their ingenuity and the assistance of all of the people they met.Read more ›
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I liked the rawness of the story and the courage of these boys which are traveling without any modern convince. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Cheryl Connor
A very good book. No wonder Eric Severied got his start here.Published 26 days ago by Ronald Madsen
A truly marvelous tale of two intrepid boy adventurers and the unbelievable journey they took on, this was without GPS, phones or any communication for the majority of their 2250... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Sally W.
This book would be a great read for high schoolers. Young lives in the 30s! It points out deeply grained racism against Native Americans with the complete innocence of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Juds B
It's hard to imagine making such a trip after graduating high school. They hardly had any experience and went on a death defying trip.Published 1 month ago by Matthew C. Farrelly
Interesting easy read. Really good considering an 18 year old wrote it.Published 2 months ago by Nick
Canoeing With the Cree
It is 1930 and two teenagers graduate from a Minneapolis high school. Read more