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The Flaming Forest

James Oliver Curwood

Book Overview: 

A tale of mystery, romance, and honor, as David Carrigan must choose between his duty as an officer of the law and a girl who holds him captive; a girl who Carrigan thinks he may have fallen in love with no less! Who is this strange girl Jean-Marie, and why won’t she give him his freedom? And who are the people that she surrounds herself with along the great Canadian rivers and wilderness barrens and forests of the northwest?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .eat bear—the fighting wolves—the crest of St. Pierre Boulain!

He took a quick step toward the table—then caught at the back of a chair. Confound his head! Or was it the big bateau rocking under his feet? The cat seemed to be turning round in its basket. There were half a dozen banners instead of one; the lamp was shaking in its bracket; the floor was tilting, everything was becoming hideously contorted and out of place. A shroud of darkness gathered about him, and through that darkness Carrigan staggered blindly toward the divan. He reached it just in time to fall upon it like a dead man.




VI

For what seemed to be an interminable time after the final breakdown of his physical strength David Carrigan lived in a black world where a horde of unseen little devils were shooting red-hot arrows into his brain. He did not sense the fact of human presence; nor that the divan had been changed into a bed and the fou. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A fun escape to the north woods.

Este libro me sigue gustando tanto como la primera vez que lo leí hace muchos años.
En él se ve claramente el amor del autor por la naturaleza, (evocado en las amables descripciones que hace de los paisajes), y su opinión sobre el efecto corruptor de la civilización.
La historia va sobre David Carr...more

Everyone is familiar with the idiom “We always get our man” in reference to the diligence displayed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police but does this also apply to the fairer sex? David Carrigan, sergeant in the R.C.M.P., is given the assignment to track down and arrest Black Roger Audemard, a k...more

Far out.

This is one of my all-time favorite books. Classic pulp-fiction from the early 1920s, your typical adventurer in the Canadian North walking the fine line between love and justice. I read this book every couple of years. One of Curwood's finest.

Read this a long time ago and loved it! Never got around to reviewing it because of not having my copy handy to add (it's actually my mom's book), and someone has actually added it now...if only procrastination worked that well every time!

Tweety has written an excellent summary in her review, so...more

Good story! 4.5 stars!

Outstanding!! Kept me on edge, and racking my brains for the answer to the mystery. I love books with Mounties, and this was perfect-had me dying to travel the same empty Canadian wilderness David did. A two thumbs up!

When David Carrigan of the Canadian Mounted Police is sent on a mission to catch Black Roger Audemard he feels he has picked up an unusually difficult, but enjoyable job. He is to bring his man back, dead or alive. But after a peaceful weeks journey into his trip he is attacked by an unknown enem...more

The overall theme of the story is: which is greater - the letter of the law or love?

Three threads - adventure, mystery, and love - intertwine to make this an enjoyable read, with more twists and turns than the river it is set upon.

Written in the early 1920's, this does have the unfortunate langu...more

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