Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of America

by Ivan Doig

Paperback, 1980




Harvest Books c1980 (1980), Edition: Later Printing


Exploring the pioneer impulse that first drew settlers to the Pacific Northwest, Doig combines excerpts from his own winter diary with those of an unconventional Bostonian who in 1850 abandoned civilization and headed west

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LibraryThing member Diggerfish
I've read this book at least five times and will probably read it at least five more. Doig's approach is to try to get inside the head of a man who died over a century ago through the exploration not only of forty years of diaries, but by walking the ground the enigmatic James G. Swan trod. Doig's unique word craft and almost haunting style is perfect for delving into the soul of this mysterious man who left his family and clerk's post on the Boston docks and, for reasons he never shared, wandered west to become a teacher, Customs official, judge, prolific collector of Native art for the Smithsonian, and who today remains one of the best sources for ethnological studies of Northwest tribes--all with no visible qualifications to do so.… (more)



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