The Twenty-Ninth Day
A six-hundred-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a seventeen-year-old’s dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it’s all about staying alive.
This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts seventeen-year-old Alex Messenger’s near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. The story follows Alex and his fi...more
This book is for you if… a stunning cover, combined with an autobiographic survival story with lots of love for the wonders and weirdnesses of nature, wake your interest.
EDIT: I really want this to be translated into German, my Dad would LOVE this!
Gut-wrenching doesn't even begin to describe what I've felt reading Alex's words. I think at some point I even experienced sympathy pains. The simplicity of Alex's story-telling bears an honesty to it that makes i ...more
This is a ARC from the publisher, which I got for a honest review.
......the grizzly bear.
I love adv ...more
Six men start on the canoe trip of their dreams - 600 miles in the Canadian desolate wilderness, on raging rapids and as self contained as they believe they need to be.
However, Alex, the youngest member at 17, does not end his trip as he had predicted. During the trip Alex encounters a grizzly bear. Mauled, severely bitten, but miraculously alive, this is Alex's sto ...more
The Twenty-Ninth Day is a memoir about Alex Messenger's fateful trip into the Canadian tundra and the bear attack that changed his life. If anything, the writing is easy to read, the descriptions of nature are engaging. If you know anything about my reading taste, you know that I love descriptions of nature, whether the prose is spare or purple. In that sense, you're gonna be so satisfied with this book. You can tell that Mess ...more
The book is well-wr ...more
Nothing at all about the camp program from which the trip originated and nearly nothing on the five other people on the expedition. Detailed descriptions of EVERY SINGLE lake trout they caught (and there were a LOT) but it's not until halfway through the book we get some description of the canoes they're in.
Short on grizzly biology and behavior, heavy on dressing and redressing the bite wound.
The route was descri ...more
Amazing adventure and power to people who find the endless frozen tundra interesting... but, if anything, it cemented into ...more
"Forty two days of canoeing Canada's wild rivers and lakes. I was Seventeen"
A massive tale of adventure by six young men.
Even the pilot's words resonate - "well...enjoy the flies. I think you're crazy but have a safe trip"
So begins their journey.
Took no time to devour this read.
It is hard to even begin to imagine the fear Alex endured....the courage it took to survive.
An adventure of a lifetime goes horribly wrong, but remains the adventure of a lifetime. A story of bonding, coming of age, survival, and the great outdoors. All this combined with a rare and beautiful style of writing. No half stars here, a full FIVE.
I was so engrossed with this book that I found myself being part of the team and felt the cold, the wind, the freezing rain. I went over every huge wave and hung on for dear life. I felt the pain and
discouragement each evening when the bandage was changed and when their food supply was low and some lost. I would certainly ask all the readers out there to read this story of survival in the Canadian Tun ...more
This book follows the trip of a lifetime of Alex Messenger at the age of 17. A canoe trip that will take 40 days of travel through Canada's far north. Alex puts down his thoughts about the friends he is travelling with, the land they are crossing and the challenges they face on a daily basis. Their trip encounters a hitch when Alex is attacked by a bear on their 29th day in the midd ...more