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The Country Beyond

James Oliver Curwood

Book Overview: 

The Country Beyond, subtitled A Romance In the Wilderness, is a story of “Jolly” Roger McKay, an outcast on the run from the law; Nada, the girl he falls in love with; and Peter, the devoted mixed-breed dog who links the two together as no human could, as action, adventure, and romance take them through the Northwest Canadian wilderness in search of The Country Beyond.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . ., and restraining himself no longer he trotted cautiously to the open door of the cabin. In a chair sat the stranger with the broad-brimmed hat and high boots, with his hands securely tied behind him. And Jolly Roger was hustling about, filling a shoulder-pack in the last light of the day.

"Cassidy, I oughta kill you," Jolly Roger was saying as he worked, an exultant chuckle in his voice. "You don't give me any peace. No matter where I go you're sure to come, and I can't remember that I ever invited you. I oughta put you out of the way, and plant flowers over you, now that I've got the chance. But I'm too chicken-hearted. Besides, I like you. By the time you get tired of chasing me you should be a pretty good man-hunter. But just now you lack finesse, Cassidy—you lack finesse." And Jolly Roger's chuckle broke into another laugh.

Cassidy heaved out a grunt.

"It's luck—just damned luck!" he growled.

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Community Reviews

Still my all time favorite book. I read it many times growing up and it still holds my interest to the very end.
A thrilling story!

Curwood spends a little too much time capturing dreamy moments and worshipping nature.

The Country Beyond, by James Oliver Curwood.

A big-hearted outlaw, Jolly Roger McKay, who never did anything really bad, is pursued for years by the Royal Northwest Mounties, through the Northwest Canadian wilderness in the early 1900’s. At one of his hiding places, he falls in love with a local...more

Curwood writes such great wilderness adventure stories. 4.5 stars!

Reminded me very much of "The Valley of Silent Men" -- a chased man, falls in love, gets separated from the woman, must find some unknown place... but a nice book in any case!

Canadian adventure romance with beautiful reflections on the wild nature around the characters. Fun people in this book, and loved the dog, Peter. I'll have to look up more by this author later.

Mister Jolly Roger McKay has been an outlaw ever since he did one good deed for his Cree friends, and broke the law to do it. The Royal Mounted Police have been after him ever since and he's slowly added to his crimes. A parcel of books here, some food there and as of let, he's never hurt a human...more

I was my favorite book when I was about 12. I still re-read it occasionally.

The mixed breed dog, Peter, is devoted to Nada, the seventeen-year-old foster child of an abusive bootlegger in the Canadian wilderness. Peter was a gift to Nada from Jolly Roger McKay who leads a solitary life in a nearby cabin. Roger is the only person who has shown Nada any kindness since she...more

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