Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey Through the Heart of North Carolina
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Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey Through the Heart of North Carolina

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In Down the Wild Cape Fear, novelist and nonfiction writer Philip Gerard invites readers onto the fabled waters of the Cape Fear River and guides them on the 200-mile voyage from the confluence of the Deep and Haw Rivers at Mermaid Point all the way to the Cape of Fear on Bald Head Island. Accompanying the author by canoe and powerboat are a cadre of people passionate abou...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published March 4th 2013 by University of North Carolina Press
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I just finished Paul Schneider's epic "Old Man River: the Mississippi River in North American History" last week. So it was with some trepidation that I dived into another non-fiction story about the history and folklore of a smaller American river, The Cape Fear River system in North Carolina.

All my concerns quickly disappeared as I began turning the pages of Philip Gerard's 2013 book "Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina". It is a wonderfully readable an...more
Thomas Tewey
Like Thoreau in his "Week on the Concord and Merrimack River" and Twain in his stories about the
Mississippi this book is about a trip on a river but it is a whole lot more.
This is rare blend by a writer who is able to do history detective work, science journalism, nature writing, in a rich accessible personal narrative style that had me constantly reading between the lines. I kept looking at maps and thinking about my own journeys. It would be a good audio book and a digital version with map lin...more
A compelling narrative sewn together by the river's course. Gerard combines history, biology, geology, politics, economics, and philosophy into the life of the Cape Fear river in a fascinating way. I learned more about the 1898 riots in Wilmington, the Titan concrete plant, and the ecology of southeastern NC in this one book than I have form all other sources combined.
Now that I've read Down the Wild Cape Fear, I'm extra-serious about doing a kayaking trip down the Cape Fear one of these days.....more
Jun 12, 2013 Lill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: husband
Recommended to Lill by: Author
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A quick course in the history, environment and culture of the Cape Fear region. My husband, who likes a lot of action in his books also thoroughly enjoyed it. A must read for folks on the river!
Rebecca Warfield
I couldn't finish this book. The history of the Cape Fear is interesting. But the writing was so bad, I couldn't take it anymore.
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