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Runes of the North

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  104 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Olson takes the reader on a fantastic adventure in each and every one of his essays. Not only does he take the reader to various geographical locations, but he also takes the reader back to the days of the French/ Canadian Voyageurs, and trappers
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 13th 1997 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published August 12th 1963)
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This book came out of my grandfather’s house and at first I was surprised, the subject matter and style didn’t seem to fit with the man I remember. But, I have a vague recollection of being told that his Christmas trees were always kind of scrawny because he thought the more perfect trees looked better in the woods. I don’t know how true that story is, but it fits in with Sigurd Olson’s view of the wilderness and god’s nature. This book is a collection of canoeing tales of the North woods, from ...more
A pleasurable way to remind yourself of the power of language. Sigurd Olson does the near impossible, connecting his experience to perfect description. His stories are even more powerful in his spartan style; with seeming ease, he gets right to the essence. You are there with him in the moment. Bonus: he's talking about nature. Get your itches scratched with this book, as Olson takes you through uncommon but not unattainable adventures. This ain't your typical escapism, no quaint markets in Fran ...more
Beautifully written by one of the country's preeminent professors, naturalists, and north woodsmen. Olson was a former President of the National Parks Association and a consultant to the Department of the Interior.

This, along with his companion books ("The Singing Wilderness," "Listening Point," and "The Lonely Land"), offer some of the most intimate and carefully observed accounts of the Boundary Waters and canoe country of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario, Canada. His insights are both
Aug 09, 2008 Dick rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I actually have an older edition of this book. I love these books. If you love the wilds or like the idea of loving the wilds, these collections of thought will captivate you. Especially if you have experienced the Boundary Waters region in Minnesota. Sigurd Olson is the wilderness canoist's godfather.
I loved this book! I read most of it while I was at a fishing lodge in Canada and I felt like I was immersed in the scenery the author was describing. Anyone who has a respect for the North Country would love reading this book. Oh, how I long to be a voyageur!!
Olson was the poet philosopher of the great northern wilderness. His advocacy on environmental issues lives on. But his love of the wild is what grabs me. It doesn't hurt that he's a good word smith.
I liked this book better than "Reflections". Where Reflections was philosophy, "Runes of the North" was storytelling at its north country finest. Good book.
Tom Baker
For my money this is one of Sigurd's best. It was kind of an overview of his expeditions in the north.
Only 56 people have rated this book? Fifty-six! Come on folks!
Nice stories and remembrances of the North...homesick.
Better than the last "Olson" book I read. Enjoyed it.
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Sigurd F. Olson was an American author, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wilderness. For more than thirty years, he served as a wilderness guide in the lakes and forests of the Quetico-Superior country of northern Minnesota and northeastern Ontario. He was known honorifically as the Bourgeois — a term the voyageurs of old used of their trusted leaders.
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