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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

Starts out slow, but climbs in interest as the novel progresses. Adventure, romance, danger, interesting Alaskan historical anecdotes, and an engaging story.

Focused on Alaska. Good story with romance and adventure. A litte melodramatic in te writing, typical if early 1900s. Worth reading.

This was a great book. Written in 1923, this novel gives a great glimpse into the early years of Alaska. Fast moving with plenty of action, this story is very gripping. Stumbled across this author while researching early authors of the 1900's and thought his titles looked interesting. I looked hi...more

(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 wild...more

An excellent damsel in distress story with a twist. It's old school but it appeals to the honourable chivalric side.

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...more

I enjoy Curwood's stories of manly men in the wilderness and the virtuous women they fight to protect. This one was a little more "civilized" being set at least in part in a more developed Alaska. The story looks at the conflict between what you might call "corporate" exploitation of Alaska's res...more

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 d...more

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