True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness

Elliott Merrick Lawrence Millman

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True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness

True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness By Elliott Merrick Lawrence Millman True North A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness While many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness few manage to actually do it One exception was twenty four year old Elliott Merrick who in left his advertisin

  • Title: True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness
  • Author: Elliott Merrick Lawrence Millman
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  • Page: 409
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  • True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness By Elliott Merrick Lawrence Millman While many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness, few manage to actually do it One exception was twenty four year old Elliott Merrick, who in 1929 left his advertising job in New Jersey and moved to Labrador, one of Canada s most remote regions First published by Scribner s in 1933, True North tells the captivating story of one of the hiWhile many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness, few manage to actually do it One exception was twenty four year old Elliott Merrick, who in 1929 left his advertising job in New Jersey and moved to Labrador, one of Canada s most remote regions First published by Scribner s in 1933, True North tells the captivating story of one of the high points of Merrick s years there a hunting trip he and his wife, Kay, made with trapper John Michelin in 1930 Covering 300 miles over a harsh winter, they experienced an unexplored realm of nature at its most intense and faced numerous challenges Merrick accidentally shot himself in the thigh and almost cut off his toe Freezing cold and hunger were constant Nonetheless, the group found beauty and even magic in the stark landscape The couple and the trappers bonded with each other and their environment through such surprisingly daunting tasks as fabricating sunglasses to avoid snow blindness and learning to wash underwear without it freezing Merrick s intimate style, rich with narrative detail, brings readers into a dramatic story of survival and shares the lesson the Merricks learned that the greatest satisfaction in life can come from the simplest things.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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    1. Ken on said:

      I love nature writing, but I don t even remember if I finished Walden, the Holy Grail of Nature Writing Don t tell ole Henry David, will you I tried to mollify him by buying a big ass hardcover of his journals, but I ve only taken morning dips in that, too But this isn t True Transcendental Confessions time, this is a review of another nature book, one originally written in 1930 called True North A Journey Into Unexplored Wilderness I bring up nature as a genre only because it s germane to the r [...]

    2. Eh?Eh! on said:

      I haven t finished it but I notice that if one doesn t type something into the review box then one doesn t usually win another first read Unless one is Chris Wilson, who defies all rules and logic to win freakin first read after first read we hates him for that I ve been sitting on this one for a long time, reading it slowly Some thoughts to place here, so that I can maybe have a chance at winning books again this dude lived out a childhood dream I ve had since reading Gentle Ben, leaving all t [...]

    3. Chris on said:

      I did like this book The author has a colourful way of describing things which can be overly tedious at times Gives me a whole new respect for the men and women who made a life for themselves in these harsh conditions All in all a good book

    4. Lisa Kearns on said:

      I received this book through the Vine program and was excited to begin reading it I search far and wide for old books about the Far North, written by the people who settled it I m grateful this book, which was originally published in 1935, has been re released for a new generation to enjoy.This is the story of Elliot Merrick and his wife Kay, who spend the winter of 1928 in the wilderness with the trappers of Labrador They lived on little than skillet biscuits, tea, beans, dried peas and the fe [...]

    5. Mike on said:

      Elliot Merrick lived the life of Jeremiah Johnson fifty years after Mr Johnson An interesting book from start to finish, quite intriguing to see a greenhorn and his wife run with seasoned Labradorean fur trappers Written in the typical style of most memoirs of it s time, ala Beryl Markham, Merrick s book describes beautiful scenes in a way the average person could not today The imagery was on point and was aided with many similes and metaphors If you have ever dreamed of leaving civilization and [...]

    6. Tiffany Risner on said:

      Elliot Merrick is or has become a legend of sorts, at least according to Lawrence Millman, who I completely trust If Millman writes it, I m buying it literally and figuratively With that in mind, we the readers get a chance to follow THE man alongside his wife and another experienced trapper as they move through 300 miles to their hunting grounds by canoe and foot that s 600 miles round trip in five weeks It doesn t feel overtly adventurous because Elliot focuses on the aspect of how hard it is [...]

    7. Anthony Meaney on said:

      This is a relatively unknown book but has a cultlike following among people who like to venture out into the coldest weather for long treks The author accompanied his wife to Labrador and lived for a time with the Newfoundland trappers and their families who eked out a living trapping and fishing in Labrador s wilderness Labrador is similar in some respects to Alaska it s cold, thinly populated and harsh It s interior was one of the last unmapped spaces on the planet and was the subject of a dis [...]

    8. Don Robertson on said:

      I read this book many years ago when my family was involved in wilderness canoe tripping in fact I met the author at a canoe tripping symposium where he was a presenter I loved it as much this time as that The events described were as recent as my parents generation, and yet you can now drive to the area it took weeks of hardship to reach at that time, and a generation before that Leonidis Hubbard died of starvation exploring in the same area Great Heart by Davidson and Rugge is a fictionalized [...]

    9. Marvin on said:

      A first read win.Originally published in 1933, True North tells of Elliott Merrick s journey with his wife into the northern wilderness of Newfoundland as they spend a season with trappers Merrick s accounting of this journey read much like Thoreau in his forsaking of the city to live a simpler life in the Canadian North Yet, while the author rhapsodizes wilderness living he does writes realistically about its challenges and dangers The detail in this memoir is amazing Merrick catches both the e [...]

    10. Dan on said:

      I won this on LibraryThing Early Reviewers and I will post a review after I m finished reading I learned a lot from this book The struggle to travel 300 miles through the dead of winter from one end of Labrador to the other was a brave excursion and the reader is along for the ride Written as a journal, this memoir of the trail blazing author, Elliot Merrick is a page turner and a very good read Set from September 1930 to July 1931, it captures what it was like to live and depend on entirely off [...]

    11. Kay on said:

      This is an amazing account of a journey during winter in Canada s Labrador area in 1929 Those of us who have grown up with our meat and vegetables packaged neatly in the grocery store have forgotten what a difficult struggle just procuring food used to be I wish people would read this book to help remind them of what we are at risk of losing if we do not begin to take care of the environment Some habitats are already lost but there is still time to save others My only wish is that the author ha [...]

    12. Aletha Tavares on said:

      This book I got from herondance The site and paitings that come thru just make my day on the net The book is so beautifully written that it is really poetry in prose The landscape described makes me shiver with cold and I can smell the crisp air and feel the biting cold as Merrick talks about his journey there To give up city life is not so easy and go and settle in outbacks of Labrador I wish I could get a chance in this life to visit it at least A dream i shall nurture.

    13. Jed (John) Edwards on said:

      Christopher recommended this to me In about 1930 Merrick and his wife, in the full vigor of youth, repeatedly trudged upriver on snowshoes and finally got to the tilt after dark to gather wood for the tin stove interacted with the natives had stamina competitions with Labradorean friends and eschewed at least temporarily city life for a elemental existence in nature echoes of _Walden_ Merrick kept a journal, and _True North_ is the fascinating result.

    14. Craig on said:

      Most people have forgotten to stop and take time to observe and soak in the true beauty of nature We have also become so soft that true mental and physical strength and toughness are no than idle thoughts that occasionally cross our paths This author and his wife, chose a path that puts them face to face with nature, but only if they paid the price of physical and mental endurance required Very enjoyable read.

    15. Diana on said:

      Eloquent, well written The beginning gives the reader a choice Working the grind to secure secular comforts, or Escapism into a harsh landscape that demands sacrifice but offers true happiness It delves into multiple worlds Corporate society and its discontents Educational I didn t know a trapper s top priority was walking Indian life and rituals Newcomer s process of adaptation to the Wild I would recomment this book for its Educational as well as its Entertainment Value.

    16. Gayle on said:

      I would like to pass along a passage from the last few pages of the book that really hit home for those of us living in remote areas Every day is our day, to make of what we will There is no one to intrude and bring on an act of self consciousness If we wish to be alone and unharried by a million other people s noises and projects and lives, to work out our own, we can be.

    17. Sharon on said:

      I got this book as a Giveaway.I have tried a couple times to read this book Although I am interested in the subject, I find the book itself very hard to get interested in and stay focused on The typeset is very small and tight, and it s just not comfortable for me to read than a page at a time This one is going to have to go back on my shelf to try again later.

    18. Robert Davidson on said:

      Vivid, portrayal of life in Labrador hunting and trapping The Author s wife was one tough Lady to accompany the Trappers and share in the ordeal Having hunted in Northern Alberta for many years i can appreciate the beauty of the North, however why would anyone want to live the life of a Trapper.

    19. Sarah on said:

      While not as strong as Northern Nurse, True North still capture the untamed spirit of the Adventures of these outsiders to the Newfoundland outskirts and the life of a Trapper Breathtakingly beautiful stories from the far ends of the world

    20. Linda Bentzen on said:

      Interesting story of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness in the winter in 1931 How this couple survived is amazing.

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