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Coppermine

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  256 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Part epic adventure, part romance, and part true-crime thriller, Coppermine is a dramatic, compelling, character-driven story set in 1917 in the extremes of Canada's far north and the boom town of Edmonton.

The story begins when two missionaries disappear in the remote Arctic region known as the Coppermine. North West Mounted Police officer Jack Creed and Angituk, a young C
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Viking Canada (first published 2010)
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Eric Wright
Dec 05, 2010 Eric Wright rated it it was amazing
This book is a winner from beginning to end. Leckie has written a gripping story set in real history that sweeps us from the relative civilization of Edmonton to the shores of the Arctic Ocean at Coppermine during the time of World War One. Leckie bases his story on the murder trial of Sinnisiak and Uluksuk in 1917, the first jury-system trial of Inuit in Canada. The hero, Jack Creed, is seen first bringing back the bodies of his fellow North West Mounted Police officers murdered by a crazed tra ...more
Rooster
Jun 21, 2013 Rooster rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
A fictionalised account of a seminal event in Canadian history. Fantastically well-written, it's a book you don't want to put down but read it straight through. This is one of those books where I would love to meet the author and talk about how he researched the book. Did he do the trek? Did he live with the Inuits to learn their language.

Highly recommended.
Pam
May 14, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
I really liked this book for about 90% of it. The parts where we were being taken through the wilds of northern Canada was beautifully written and stunning in the detail. I especially liked that I finally got to make use of all of that Canadian history I had to learn in order to teach SS 10 this year. I didn't even have to look up who Samuel Hearne was thanks to that course! I especially appreciated the understated style of description Leckie uses. I goes he is primarily a script writer and that ...more
Diana
Dec 09, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it
In 1913, North West Mounted Police officer Jack Creed, along with an Eskimo interpreter journey to the Coppermine River region to investigate the death of two Catholic priests. Creed apprehends two Eskimo hunters who admit their guilt. As the four people take the dangerous trip back to Edmonton, Creed experiences the Eskimo culture and how they have learned to work in concert with Nature in order to survive. After reaching Edmonton, the murder trial is held. Again, it is a collision of two very ...more
Petra Eggs
Dec 30, 2013 Petra Eggs rated it it was amazing
One of the best books of the year. Really a fantastic read.
Diana Daghofer
Mar 15, 2017 Diana Daghofer rated it really liked it
Thanks for the recommendation, Tara! I have a fascination with the far north and really enjoyed this read.
Andy Taylor
Keith Leckie's Coppermine is based on historical records of the murder of two Catholic Priests who were killed while trying to convert the Coppermine Inuit of the far north in the early 1900s and the subsequent capture and trial of the two Inuit involved.

The tale makes for a good travel adventure as war vet and North West Mounted Police office Jack Creed takes on the task of investigating the priest's deaths and bringing the Inuit to justice.

Leckie's writing is solid and manages to transport the
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Shonna Froebel
Nov 19, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian
Based on real events, this historical novel begins in 1913 when two Catholic priests disappear into a remote Arctic area known as the Coppermine. Three years later, RWMP officer Jack Creed is sent to find out what happened to the priests and hires a young Copper Inuit, Angituk McAndrew to serve as interpreter.
Their journey is a long one, and often difficult both physically and emotionally. Near the mouth of the Coppermine on the Arctic Ocean, the two discover the remains of the priests and Creed
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Lori
Aug 27, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In 1913 two Catholic priests head up to the remote Arctic region known as the Coppermine to teach/force their beliefs on the "lost souls" (Coppermine Inuit population). 3 years later, when they haven't returned, a Mountie and Copper Inuit interpreter are sent on a year long odyssey to investigate the fate of the lost missionaries. On the banks of the Coppermine River, a few miles from the Arctic Ocean, they discover the mutilated remains.Two Inuit hunters confess to the murders and agree to be b ...more
Erin
Nov 04, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
I’m just finishing up (like last ten pages, so I’m posting now in case I drift into another abyss of no-posts) Keith Leckie’s intoxicating Coppermine - a book which, despite my mum’s recommendation, I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy, but holy man is it ever good. So good! Like stop reading this blog and get to your local library good. It’s set in 1913 and details the murder investigation of two french missionaries in the Arctic by Corporal Creek of the Northwest Mounted Police. It’s impossible to put down ...more
Kathy
May 17, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
This book was based on a true story.
A NWMP officer is sent to the mouth of the Coppermine River to find 2 Catholic priests who have not been heard from in quite some time. As it turns out, they were murdered by 2 Inuit. So he brings them back to Edmonton for trial.
This all takes place in 1913 and the trip there and back spans well over a year.
The author has taken liberties and incorporated a good story with several twists and turns.
I found it difficult to put down once I was on the journey.
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Jacqueline Worboys
Jul 11, 2016 Jacqueline Worboys rated it it was amazing
When Jack Creed, a young police officer of the Northwest Mounted Police is sent to the far north in the Coppermine region to find the cause of death of two Catholic priests, who arrived there in 1913, he finds much more than he bargained for. The author leads the readers through the integrity of Inuit life, the troubled secrets that haunt Jack Creed, and the stark beauty of the north. Based on a true story, this is a must-read for Canadians. I enjoyed it immensely.
Robin
Feb 16, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction of 2 Eskimo hunters tried in Edmonton in 1917 for the murder of 2 priests who had tried to establish a church in the Artic Coppermine region of Canada. Saw it in a book store in Whistler last summer...really enjoyed it!
Jock
Jan 31, 2012 Jock rated it it was amazing
Set between the Arctic and Edmonton during the First World War. Great story with good pace, lots of action, interesting information about life for the Eskimo.
Ann
Oct 05, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. It will make an amazing film.
Heather
Sep 09, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book! Beautifully written.
Pat Spruyt
Mar 11, 2017 Pat Spruyt rated it really liked it
A great Canadian read about how cultures clash and bonds are formed.
Pooker
Jun 06, 2011 Pooker rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadiana
I purchased this book on the recommendation of my daughter's significant other. It is not a book I would likely pick out on my own. But, Mr. SO seems to me to be a pretty good judge of books (recommended Joe Fiorito's The Song Beneath the Ice and gave to me for Christmas William Gibson's Pattern Recognition), so I was looking forward to reading it. I was a little bit daunted by the number of pages - more than 400. I think I just might be one of those 300-page limit kind of readers. But the pages ...more
Mdh
2.5 Stars

This was a hard book to rate. In general, I enjoyed reading it, and it is set in a time and place that often gets overlooked in literature. The historic material that Leckie drew from is fascinating, and the events encapsulate a lot of the cultural and social mores present in Canada as it began to distinguish itself from the British Empire during the First World War. In addition, Leckie does a good job of describing the landscape of the arctic, and the setting and atmosphere are well co
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Cid
Mar 09, 2012 Cid rated it really liked it
I wasn't at all interested in reading Leckie's book which I know realize was silly as I love reading about the North in books such as Elizabeth Hay's "Late Nights on Air". And this was also an historical murder/mystery which again should have caught my attention since I also enjoyed Louise Penney's "Bury Your Dead" so I am very glad it was chosen by our book club which really is the whole point of being in one - to get you to read books you wouldn't choose yourself.

"Coppermine" is set during WW
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Chuck Erion
Dec 23, 2011 Chuck Erion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canlit
Coppermine is historical fiction or creative non-fiction, based on a real court case in 1917 of two Inuit shaman for the murder of two Roman Catholic priests at Bloody Falls in the Coppermine R. in 1913. You can read the original story by searching Uloqsaq in Wikipedia.
Keith Leckie is a CBC screenwriter whose cinematic eye is part of his story-telling talent. The main character, Jack Creed, is a North West Mounted Police officer just back from the trenches. After one foray into the Fort Norman t
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Rachel
Jul 27, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
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Rosalie Thomson cheriton
Jul 08, 2014 Rosalie Thomson cheriton rated it really liked it
This is an excellent read.It was selected for my book club and at first I wasn't sure if I would like it but after the first couple of chapters I was completely hooked and read it in a few days. main character Jack Creed is a NWMP officer we is sent up the Arctic to find two Catholic priests who have disappeared near Coppermine while trying to establish a mission. Creed and his interpreter find the bodies of the priests and continue on to an Inuit village where they eventually identify the two m ...more
Margaret1358 Joyce
Dec 18, 2014 Margaret1358 Joyce rated it really liked it
Written in 2010, this fictive treatment of a true early (1916) 20th-century Canadian adventure in the high Arctic, treats of the dogged search by an RCMP officer for 2 French missionaries lost in the Coppermine region bordering the Beaufort Sea, the meeting of white and Inuit cultures, and the moral ambiguity suggested by the attempt to hold profoundly isolated, aboriginal people to the undiluted standards of British law.
Descriptions of a white man's experience of the survival imperative of the
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Sheila
Feb 17, 2011 Sheila rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book. Takes place in the early 1900's. Two Catholic priests are missing and a North WEst Mounted Policeman accepts the assignment to travel north toward the Artic Circle to find them. He takes a young Inuit with him who knows the dialect. They travel north and find the bodies of the priests, it is obvious they were murdered and the Mountie proceeds to find the culprits. He soon arrests two Inuit who confess to the murder. They begin their long journey south to Edmonton where the INu ...more
Twila Martin
Jan 26, 2014 Twila Martin rated it really liked it
This book is about Edmonton based NWMP Officer Jack Creed and his interpreter Angituk who in 1917 are sent on a one year mission to comprehend and arrest 2 Inuit hunters who have been accused of killing a priest. The 2 must venture to CopperMine River which is located in the western most part of Northwest Territories and Nunavet.
It is interesting to read about life in Edmonton during this time frame but even more interesting is the delve into the culture and beliefs of the Inuit people. It also
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Keith PJ Duggan
Jan 12, 2012 Keith PJ Duggan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


A well told and largely true story. I have stayed and fished in the Coppermine River and found this book fascinating and while I finished the reading some weeks ago, the fact that the Mounties travelled from Edmonton to the Copper back largely by canoe, on foot and later using the help of the Inuit prisoners is still amazing to me. The writer's ability to share some insight into the inuit thinking and understanding of the land, weather and relationship to the animals they hunt has given me a ne
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Alexandra Chubachi
Dec 27, 2015 Alexandra Chubachi rated it liked it
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Janice
Mar 26, 2016 Janice rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The descriptions of the Canadian North were beautifully written. Leckie gracefully explored the differences between two cultures and how the gap can be bridged by the simple fact of being human.

'She was only taking a few things she liked from them. That's how her people thrived. By adaptation. By making practical selections. "We absorb some of their things, but they never absorb us."' This quote will stay with me. It is as true today as it was back in the early 1900's. This i
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Sean Sweet
Oct 11, 2014 Sean Sweet rated it really liked it
Like Pam, I loved the travel from Norman, north and the trip back, but not the time in Edmt so much. He could've shown us Angituk in the city as he showed us Jack/John in the wild. He could've shown us more of her wonder, awe and fear.
Also wish he added an Epilogue or short piece on Kugluktuk today, maybe spoken with descendants of both the hunters and of early outsiders. It's a special place; one of my favourites.
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