A Land Gone Lonesome: An Inland Voyage Along the Yukon River

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In his square-sterned canoe, Alaskan author Dan O'Neill set off from Dawson, Yukon Territory, onetime site of the Klondike gold rush, to trace the majestic Yukon River. His journey downriver to Circle City, Alaska, is an expedition into the history of the river and its land, and a record of the inimitable and little known inhabitants of the region. With the distinct perspective of an insider, A Land Gone Lonesome gives us an intelligent, rhapsodic-and ultimately, probably the last-portrait of the Yukon and its authentic inhabitants.

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PRAISE FOR A LAND GONE LONESOME

A New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice"

Winner: 2006 Outstanding Alaskan of the Year Award, Alaska Library Association

"Journeying with [O'Neill] through the remnants of a once-vital backwoods society, one comes to understand that a wilderness should be a home to people as well as to salmon, moose, and bear."--Natural History (September 2006)

"O'Neill casts a mold on the Yukon landscape before nature takes back the last human footprint... to O'Neill, it's only fair to leave the scrappy individualists...not only for their sake, but for ours: to leave a little something for the American imagination, an elemental way of life that is lonely and lovely and very nearly gone."--New York Times Book Review (8/13/06)

"There are good stories here, well told... O'Neill does all this in clear, crisp, and evocative prose, with the reader able to see, hear, and sometimes even smell the characters. As in his earlier books, O'Neill also demonstrates a rare gift for describing in quick and imaginative prose natural phenomena and scientific or mechanical processes."--National Review (7/3/06)

"O'Neill spent probably half his life living, researching and finally writing this book. His love and concern for our great state, Alaska, pour out poetry on the page. This is the story of Alaska vanishing into 21st century America."--Seth Kantner, Salon.com

"A Land Gone Lonesome is an excellent account of contemporary Alaska, enlivened by O'Neill's accounts of the people he met along the Yukon."--The Oregonian (6/16/06)

"O'Neill is a talented historian... His witty travelogue includes epic themes of self-reliance, heroism and humanity."--Oregon magazine (6/1/06)

"O'Neill sets his big passions, poetic eye and his canoe on the Yukon, from Dawson to Circle City, documenting, as he drifts, a land once inhabited by the kind of people Alaskans take so much pride in they could be stitched on our flag..."--Anchorage Press (6/1/06)

"This is one of the finest books of the year, a high caliber work, outstanding in every way....The book is uncommonly well written, imbued with understated humor and passion"--Outdoor Book Reviews

"O'Neill's love of the land shines through on every page."--Booklist (5/15/06)

"Some interesting characters left their mark along the banks of the Yukon River. Alaskan O'Neill (The Last Giant of Beringia) canoes along this waterway from Dawson, Yukon Territory, to Circle City, AK. The stops along the way initiate tales of the gold rush, salmon, fur trapping, dog sledding, subsistence living, and other aspects of life unique to the Alaskan wilds... Like John McPhee's Coming into the Country, to which O'Neill refers throughout, this is the human history of a place where few people have ever lived."--Library Journal (5/1/06)

"Canadian author Pierre Burton and poet Robert W. Service each famously chronicled their homes in Dawson, Yukon Territory. In 1937, Ernie Pyle visited Eagle, Alaska, and 40 years later John McPhee wrote of Eagle in his widely praised Coming Into the Country. Now O'Neill bravely goes where those men have gone before; his journal of his own voyage of rediscovery is equally wonderful....Whether it's about boats or eagles or hardy trappers, whether it commemorates a monumental dog race or celebrates the magnanimous code of the prospectors of the Yukon Territory and the 49th state, the reportage is cool and bright as the flowing waters of the Yukon. Another writerly gold strike in the Klondike."--Kirkus Reviews (4/15/06)

"Outdoorsman O'Neill (The Last Giant of Beringia) steers his canoe through the history and topography of the Yukon River, which runs through Canada and Alaska, letting its course carry his witty travelogue.... O'Neill's meditations on the river branch into epic themes of self-reliance, heroism and humanity. Poetic renderings of creeks, camps and log cabin settlements bestow a refined gloss on rough terrain, reviving the moribund spirit of the "ghost river connecting ghost towns."--Publishers Weekly (4/10/06)

About the Author:

Dan O'Neill is the author of A Land Gone Lonesomeand The Last Giant of Beringia. He was named Alaska Historian of the Year by the Alaska Historical Society for The Firecracker Boys. He lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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