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The Young Fur Traders

R. M. Ballantyne

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Hugh’s nose, which flattened it on his face, and brought the back of his head into violent contact with the door.

“Well done!” shouted the men; “bravo, Baptiste! Regardez le nez, mes enfants!”

“Hold!” cried Mactavish, vaulting the counter, and intercepting Hugh as he rushed upon his antagonist; “no fighting here, you blackguards! If you want to do that, go outside the fort;” and Peter, opening the door, thrust the Orkneyman out.

In the meantime, Baptiste gathered up his goods and left the store, in company with several of his friends, vowing that he would wreak his vengeance on the “gros chien” before the sun should set.

He had not long to wait, however, for just outside the gate he found Hugh, still smarting under the pain and indignity of the blow, and ready to pounce upon him like a cat on a mouse.

Baptiste instantly threw down his bundle, and prepared for battle by discarding h. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Engaging adventure. It took me some effort to set aside my general dislike for hunting, and my utter loathing of the modern fur trade, to try and meet this book on its own terms. It is a period piece, 'extinction' was not a word in people's minds, and the idea of exploiting natural resources for pro

'The Young Fur Traders' was R. M Ballantyne's first novel (1856), preceding the more famous 'The Coral Island' by a year. It would probably be classed as Young Adult fiction today although, of course, any romance is perfunctory and limited to a few final chapters.

A group of young men are stuck in cl

Although not very plot-driven or character-driven, and having some outdated views on race, this book was thoroughly interesting, well-written, humorous, geographically informative, and pointed to God often. I give it a 7 out of 10.

Charlie Kennedy lives in the early 1800s Canadian arctic colony known as the Red River Settlement He longs to go explore like the fur traders do. However, his father who used to be a fur trader, but is now a clerk. Would rather his son to be a clerk and not out exposed to all the dangers that come w

This book must be read in the cultural context of the time of writing....then it is a hoot!

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