Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific Northwest

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This is a biography and astonishing adventure story of a woman who, left a widow in 1927, packed her five children onto a 25-foot boat and cruised the coastal waters of British Columbia, summer after summer.Muriel Wylie Blanchet acted single-handedly as skipper, navigator, engineer and, of course, mum, as she saw her crew through encounters with tides, fog, storms, rapids, cougars and bears. She sharpened in her children a special interest in Haida culture and in nature itself. In this book, she left us with a ...

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Overview

This is a biography and astonishing adventure story of a woman who, left a widow in 1927, packed her five children onto a 25-foot boat and cruised the coastal waters of British Columbia, summer after summer.Muriel Wylie Blanchet acted single-handedly as skipper, navigator, engineer and, of course, mum, as she saw her crew through encounters with tides, fog, storms, rapids, cougars and bears. She sharpened in her children a special interest in Haida culture and in nature itself. In this book, she left us with a sensitive and compelling account of their journeys.

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This sweet volume is Blanchet's recounting of summers spent sailing around Vancouver Island with her children in a 25-foot-long boat. Their adventures include close encounters with a cougar and killer whales, looking for seahorses and discovering Native American artifacts. But the book lacks a context. A short introduction by a friend indicates that the book was first published in Canada 30 years ago, that the author died six months later while working on a sequel, and that some new material has been incorporated into the present edition. The ages of her children are never given, nor are the sections in the book dated. Those unfamiliar with the region may be just as disoriented, since the distances covered are rarely given. Once it becomes obvious that such clues are not forthcoming, the book itself is readable and enjoyable, especially its descriptions of the wildlife encountered on these journeys. With a little more care, however, this could have had meaning for more than just a small circle of Blanchet's friends. Apr. *CHILDREN'S BOOKS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552853511
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/26/2007
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

    A Fine Tale of the British Columbia Coast

    I have read this book at least three times and gifted or loaned it to others at least a dozen times since my daughter first told me about it some 20 years ago. It is virtually required reading for sailers & cruisers along the B.C. Coast. A magnificent tale. Several years ago, my family & I were inspired to charter a small yacht & follow "Capi's" adventures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Earlier travelers up the coast

    In a similar vein, you will love 'The White Clam' about a young European captured in 1850ish' Puget Sound by natives and held as a slave for a few years. Many of the later noted ruins in Curve of time are, in this book, alive with a flourishing culture. Marvelous read and by a Washingtom author, to boot!

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