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The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses by Robert W. Service
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Feb 19, 12

Read from January 24 to February 19, 2012

One of my earliest memories is of my grandfather reading to me from this tome, so I was delighted to recently rediscover Robert Service. I am not generally a fan of poetry collections, but this one is special. Robert Service had a magical knack for putting the beauty of Alaska into poetry. Though most readers know him for his humor and storytelling, for me his strongest suit is his ability to put grandeur and emotion into words. His ability to describe the feelings from listening to piano music in a bar in "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" far outstrips the story told, and his descriptions of the Alaskan wild in "The Spell of the Yukon" bring the vibrant land to life for his readers. I'll be keeping this volume near at hand for a long time to come.

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