Based on an actual 19th century incident, the always wonderful Ivan Doig tells the story of four indentured servants escaping by sea from Russian Alaska to Oregon and freedom.
Story based on actual incident of 4 men toiling as indentured servents in the farthest outpost of the czar's empire in 1853. The only way to freedom for these men meant stealing a canoe and traveling down the dangerous Pacific coast from Alaska to Oregon. The Sea Runners as they were called, battle unrelenting high seas and fierce weather, hostile Tlingit Indians, struggle against starvation and exhaustion and endure their own quarrels.
This author takes you mile by terrible mile with these poor men. There's alot of drama within these pages and considering it's based on true facts recorded 164 years ago, it makes it twice as hard to put the book down. I highly recommend if you like a good history read.
A fictionalized version of a real event Doig had read about, he brings his story to life with a wonderful group of characters who escape from indentured servitude by making their way down the Pacific Coast of America in a Native Alaskan canoe. Their struggles, both physical and mental, seem real and heartrending. Stuck together out of necessity, they are hardly a smooth-working machine, but oh what they accomplish! Another wonderful book by Ivan Doig.
This was an interesting book. Based on a true story of four men who escaped a work camp in Russian Alaska in a stolen canoe. They endured a rough time and all but 1 lived through it.