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By Brian Castner

In 1789 Alexander Mackenzie traveled the 1,125 miles of the giant river in Canada that now bears his identify looking for the fabled Northwest Passage basically to confront impassable pack ice. In 2016 the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's direction via canoe in a grueling trip -- and came across the Passage Mackenzie couldn't find.

     Disappointment River is either a old narrative and a go back and forth memoir that transports readers again to the heroic age of North American exploration and areas them in a nonetheless rugged yet more and more fragile Arctic barren region that is within the technique of profound alteration via the twin forces of power extraction and weather swap. 11 years prior to Lewis and Clark, the Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie really crossed the North American continent with a crew of voyagers and Indian courses. earlier than that he was once the 1st to find a path to the Arctic Ocean from the nice Lakes alongside the river he named "Disappointment" simply because he believed he'd failed in his undertaking to discover a exchange path to the riches of the East. in truth he had -- he used to be simply two-plus centuries early. during this booklet Brian Castner not just retells the tale of Mackenzie's epic voyages in brilliant prose, he individually retraces his travels in an 1,125-mile canoe voyage down the river that Mackenzie named, scuffling with exhaustion, publicity, mosquitoes, white water rapids, and the specter of bears. He transports readers to a global hardly ever glimpsed within the media, certainly one of tar sands, thawing permafrost, distant local American villages and, on the finish, a large open Arctic Ocean that's quick changing into a far-northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil money.

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