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John Muir

Book Overview: 

A great dog story, a well told tale — the naturalist and adventurer John Muir recounts how he and his companion, a dog named Stickeen, each, alone, confronted and conquered their fears of an icy Alaskan glacier.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Stickeen, who, finding I had left the camp, came swimming after me to see what was up.

When we camped early, the best hunter of the crew usually went to the woods for a deer, and Stickeen was sure to be at his heels, provided I had not gone out. For, strange to say, though I never carried a gun, he always followed me, forsaking the hunter and even his master to share my wanderings. The days that were too stormy for sailing I spent in the woods, or on the adjacent mountains, wherever my studies called me; and Stickeen always insisted on going with me, however wild the weather, gliding like a fox through dripping huckleberry bushes and thorny tangles of panax and rubus, scarce stirring their rain-laden leaves; wading and wallowing through snow, swimming icy streams, skipping over logs and rocks and the crevasses of glaciers with the patience and endurance of a determined mountaineer, never tiring or getting discouraged. O. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book is very special to me and my family. Stickeen's owner Samuel Hall Young was my great-great-grandfather. I am happy to see that so many people have enjoyed it.

Wonderful true story by naturalist John Muir about an experience he had with Stickeen, a dog he knew briefly. Initially, Mr. Muir thought the dog sort of stand-offish, but the dog showed lots of heart and courage.

Jan 19, 8pm ~~ Review when I sort out how this story made me feel. Hint: apparently not the way most others reviewers felt.

Jan 20, 1pm ~~ I learned about this little story back when I read Mark Salzman's book The Man In The Empty Boat. He mentioned it, if I remember correctly, when he was agonizing

4+ stars - Although I’ve read many quotes by environmental activist, John Muir, this is my first book by him. An adventure story about Muir’s exploration of a glacial area in Alaska with a dog named Stickeen, it is both fascinating and illuminating. Muir’s descriptions of the landscape are thorough

Heartwarming and exhilarating, short and exciting. It is John Muir's magnificent writing that makes the book the classic that it is.

"The wind was blowing a gale from the north and the rain was flying with the clouds in a wild passionate horizontal flood as if it were all passing over the country ins

A beautiful story about a man and his dog, a truly loyal friend. The illustrations are gorgeous.

I'm currently reading John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America and have come to a part in the book that mentions this wonderful little dog. I remembered that I had bought this a while ago from audible. Since it was short, i decided to take

The actual text I hold in my hand is by Heyday Books (copyright 1981) which was reprinted from the original 1909 Houghton Mifflin Edition.

John Muir is my favorite naturalist for the way he exulted in nature his entire life, for his consistently poetically vivid prose which sings to the soul, and fo

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