Journey A Novel Author:James A. 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 reality; for the vast majority, they became no more than a lost hope--and for hundreds their hapless journeys ended in death. — This novel, by Ameri... more »ca's master storyteller, recounts the adventures of the strangest group of all, a band of four aristocratic Englishment 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 Pilip'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 int he 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.
The group chooses the most difficult of routes to the gold fields, north from Edmonton down the forbidding Mackenzie River. They do this through a misguided patriotism on Lord Luton's part that demands they travel all the way on British soil, avoiding the much easier route through American territory. That decision is symptomatic of the later wrong judgments that beset them.
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 A Michener's most memorable novels.« less