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Inside Passage: Living With Killer Whales, Bald Eagles, and Kwakiutl Indians

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Inspired by Robinson Crusoe and Jack London, Michael Modzelewski, jettisoned all baggage accompanying life in the comfortable middle class and set out to find raw, unharnessed wilderness. He found it on Blackfish Sound ("Blackfish" is the Kwakiutl Indian word for the killer whale) in the Inside Passage, the rugged coastline between Seattle and Alaska.

Leaving his home in A

Hardcover, 184 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Adventures Unltd (first published May 1st 1991)
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Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, travel
Interesting reading Modzelewski's book a few months after I had finished Into the Wild, because in many ways he and Chris McCandless are identical. They both abandoned society to live free in the back country of Alaska. The biggest difference is that Modzelewski survived, McCandless did not. But there are other smaller differences too. Modzelewski doesn't shun human contact quite the way McCandless did, he also approaches the challenge of Alaska with more respect and humility. Perhaps it's the d ...more
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Dave and I both enjoyed this book very much. It immersed us in the flora, fauna and culture of the Inside Passage. The rich, beautiful chapter about autumn was, in my opinion, worth the whole book.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I discovered Inside Passage: Living with Killer Whales, Bald Eagles and Kwakiutl Indians by Michael Modzelewski, during my summer vacation-an Alaskan cruise.

One of the cruise's featured speakers, Michael Modzelewski, shared his enthusiasm for Alaska through stories and pictures of Alaska’s people, wildlife, and natural beauty. Even though his book was first published in 1991, his enthusiasm for Alaska’s natural beauty still echoed through his presentations. As I later read the book, I recognized
Michelle D Diguardi
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book about Alaska, living in solitude. Met him in person and thoroughly enjoyed the bood
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Purchased the book on the Princess Cruise's Inside passage trip to Alaska. Very well written by Michael about his adventures during his stay in Alaska wilderness. He has a very flowery way of writing. I enjoyed reading the book.
Sonia Nasmith
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Like a modern take on Thoreau's Walden, Modzelewski shares the tale of his 18 months living alone in a cabin on the inside passage. Having enjoyed his heartfelt nature talks on an Alaskan cruise, I spontaneously bought his book. He writes in a manner that is overly poetic, however after having met him, and after completing the book, I feel that this is a genuine representation of his person. He is not trying to impress anyone or dress things up - it's really just an expression of his passion on ...more
Linda Appelbaum
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you love nature, if you feel united with the universe, if you wish you could be another Jeremiah Johnson, this book is one to settle down with and read. Michael Modzelewski leaves civilization behind him and lives on an island in the Inside Passage mostly all by himself with the occasional company of another man and his wife. Michael was a naturalist speaker on an Alaskan cruise I was on just a couple weeks ago and I was captivated by his stories on board the ship so I bought a couple of his ...more
Kristin Smith
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I met Michael while I was on a Princess cruise to Alaska and really enjoyed his talk. This was a really enjoyable read. What he did is such and interesting adventure that I could never do. His style is very poetic. Nice read.
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