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The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig
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Jul 06, 2008

really liked it

, A novel. I first read this book in 1983 or so. Takes place in 1853 starting in Sitka Alaska which was under Russian control. 4 Swedish men decide to escape the island because they are indentured servants working to build up the island but they are treated like slaves by the Russians. The story describes their secret preparations and their long escape paddling in a stolen Indian canoe down the coast of Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington State to Astoria Oregon where they know there is an American outpost. A real lesson in persistence and determination. 4 very different people who have to learn how to work together, and sometimes don’t. While this is a novel, it is based on an account of some men who actually did such a trip in the 1800s. Doig’s style of writing is sometimes very clear and sometimes a little vague. I have remembered this book over the past twenty years and wanted to read it again, and I am glad I did. Some 4 letter words, but still a good adventure story.

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