Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage

Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, only to confront impassable pack ice. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey -- and discovered the Passage he could not find. Disappointment River is a dual In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in se...

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Title:Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage
Author:Brian Castner
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Genres:History
ISBN:0771023952
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage Reviews

  • Marsha
    Mar 10, 2018
    This well-crafted memoir/biography takes the reader on an intense journey into the history of Alexander Mackenzie's exploration of northwest passage as we follow the author make the same journey 200 years later.. Wow. Well done! ...
  • Judy
    Mar 26, 2018
    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...
  • Sue
    May 06, 2018
    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...
  • Diana Duncan
    May 10, 2018
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  • Marjorie Elwood
    Apr 27, 2018
    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...
  • Anna
    May 03, 2018
    I really enjoyed the story of Brian Castner and his various partners canoeing the Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean. Castner is retracing the steps of Alexander Mackenzie in 1789 who ran into ice and had to turn back. It sounds terrifying with rain, snow, wind, big waves, and bugs bu...
  • Batesharbuck
    Apr 06, 2018
    Nice contrast between Castner's and MacKenzie's journeys. Both were incredibly tough, though Castner had much more of a safety net. He brought up lots of topics and issues: First Nations rights, climate change, development, but it all boiled down to the challenges the land and elements...
  • Angie Boyter
    Jan 13, 2018
    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...
  • Rebecca
    Jan 14, 2018
    I am not outdoorsy and I don't often reach for books with a Canadian connection. And yet, after having enjoyed End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood earlier this year, I felt very drawn to reading something else with a strong nature element. The alternating structure of ...
  • Lizz
    Feb 23, 2018
    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Mar 11, 2018
    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...
  • Brenda Ayala
    Mar 07, 2018
    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...
  • Jim
    May 11, 2018
    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...
  • Liz
    May 12, 2018
    I was supposed to have received a copy of this book for a first reads giveaway. I would love review/read the book but unfortunately I am not able to since the book never arrived at my apartment. ...
  • Rich
    Nov 10, 2017
    A highly-enjoyable tale of a historic canoe journey and a modern day trip to trace the original path. More historical and travel journal than adventure, but Castner does a good job of putting you in the heart of the Mackenzie River. I got itchy just thinking about the mosquito swarms! ...
  • Curt
    Apr 28, 2018
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  • gnarlyhiker
    Apr 02, 2018
    disappointed ...
  • Ward
    Apr 14, 2018
    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...
  • Paul Womack
    Mar 20, 2018
    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...
  • Thom Ahrenholz
    Apr 23, 2018
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  • Brian
    Sep 18, 2017
    Disappointment River is both a well-researched work of history, chronicling the life of the explorer and fur trader Alexander Mackenzie and his quest to find the Northwest Passage, and also a compelling modern-day adventure story that tells of the author's attempt to retrace Mackenzie'...
  • Amelia
    Apr 23, 2018
    Part history, part memoir - an interesting modern day exploration in the Canadian north that retraces a fascinating part of Canada's story. Made me want to pick up my paddle and get a few mosquito bites. ...
  • Brenda Schneider
    Mar 04, 2018
    Enjoyed the tracing of a historical trip. I would recommend reading. I won this book through goodreads. ...
  • Jason
    May 01, 2018
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  • Michelle
    Mar 11, 2018
    Interesting read, but not quite into the writing style. ...
  • Heidi Hoff
    Mar 09, 2018
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. ...
  • Michael Kling
    Apr 02, 2018
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  • Karen L. Porter
    Apr 03, 2018
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  • Ricky Duncan
    Apr 10, 2018
    This was a giveaway win for me. The blurb caught my interest, the book held my interest. Very nice mix of researched history with the authors personal experiences running side by side. I must admit I learned quite s bit of historical facts scattered through out this book. Highly re...
  • Angus Borland
    May 02, 2018
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