Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of America

by Ivan Doig

Hardcover, 1980

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1980), Edition: 1st, 246 pages


The author of This House of Sky provides a magnificent evocation of the Pacific Northwest through the diaries of James Gilchrist Swan, a settler of the region. Doig fuses parts of the Swan diaries with his own journal.

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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
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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.
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LibraryThing member kcshankd
Browsed upon at The Port Bookstore in Port Angeles. Ivan Doig spends a winter in the footsteps of a 19th Century Washington Olympic Peninsula pioneer. James Swan was a customs inspector, Tribal agent, and all-round roustabout for hire as civilization broke upon the edge of the country.

Very well
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done, I enjoyed this immensely.
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LibraryThing member Mechan1c
One of the best books I've read.




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