Journey Author:James Michener In 1897 gold fever infected sane men around the world. The chance for untold riches sent thousands scurrying to one of the most forbidding areas on the map:the Klondike. For a few, the riches became a reality: for the vast majority, they became no more tha a lost hope- for hundreds their hapless journey ended in death. — This novel,by America's m... more »aster story-teller, recounts the adventures of the strangest group of all, a band of four aristocratic Englishmen and their Irish servant,Tim Fogarty. In the privileged enclave of his exclusive London club, Lord Evelyn Luton plans the moves that will take his cousin Harry Carpenter, his nephew Philip Henslow, and Philip's young poet friend Trevor Blythe on a perilous journey to Canada's treasure fields. Carpenter has already faced down some of the wildest parts of Afghanistan, Luton is a veteran African explorer, and the two younger men have been rigorously schooled in the obligations of personal fulfillment demanded by their privileged background. For Fogarty, an aspiring gamekeeper and accomplished poacher, his presence is a duty of service he cannot refuse.
Set in the bleak reaches of Canada's arctic terrain, Journey offers a probing insight into the follies and grandeur of the human spirit, of blind obedience to rigidly entrenched values, and of ultimate compromise with the demands of nature. It will take its place as one of James Michener's most memorable novels.« less