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The Alaskan

James Oliver Curwood

Book Overview: 

A wilderness story of adventure and intrigue in Alaska in the 1920’s

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Alan turned to speak, but what he saw in the girl's face held him silent. Her lips were parted, and she was staring as if an unexpected thing had risen before her eyes, something that bewildered her and even startled her.

And then, as if speaking to herself and not to Alan Holt, she said in a tense whisper: "I have seen this place before. It was a long time ago. Maybe it was a hundred years or a thousand. But I have been here. I have lived under that mountain with the waterfall creeping down it--"

A tremor ran through her, and she remembered Alan. She looked up at him, and he was puzzled. A weirdly beautiful mystery lay in her eyes.

"I must go ashore here," she said. "I didn't know I would find it so soon. Please--"

With her hand touching his arm she turned. He was looking at her and saw the strange light fade swiftly out of her eyes. Following her glance he saw Rossland standing half a dozen paces behind them.

In another moment Mary. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is extremely dated material and probably enjoyable to someone who loves being immersed in extravagant prose. That may not be enough to overcome the racial attitudes implicit in the narrative. There are quite a few pejorative terms and an overriding sense of white supremacy. If you can get past

Pretty dime-novelly but with a conservation message. Fairly high body count, some casual racism and some nice depictions of Alaskan wilderness tempered with some bullshit colonialism. So you know, the 1920s.

The name suggests it has a put of adventure and thrill while It starts with romance some what suspense and then ends with a common experience of drama. Nothing more then that....more

This book is not what I expected! An old-timey story, with twists and turns. I couldn't put it down.
Also adding to my appreciation of this book is that the author was respectful of Natives and their cultures. This was perhaps rare for the time. Off to find more by this man.

(Spoilers in here) An odd book. Part natural history writing, part Alaska history, part Western. Mary Standish, our heroine, is "dead" about halfway through, but comes back to life. Alan Holt, our hero, is "dead" near the end but comes back to life. John Graham, the villain, gets shot in the wilds o

This was a great book that starts out with a somewhat frightened lady on a steamer. She meets a man who she learns to trust and that is where the story begins to unfold. It is hard to determine what the story is actually about, or how it will end. James Oliver Curwood takes one on a ride and the sto

What I like about Curwood is he obviously loved nature, and it really shines through in his writing. He can pack a ton of bizarre happenings into a tale and then by the end make you almost believe that it could have happened.

But before I go on I must make a confession. I don't like westerns. I don'

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