Great Heart: The History of a Labrador Adventure

Great Heart: The History of a Labrador Adventure

by James West Davidson
     
 

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In 1903 Leonidas Hubbard was commissioned by an outdoors magazine to explore Labrador by canoe. Joined by his best friend, Dillon Wallace, and a Scots-Cree guide, George Elson, Hubbard hoped to make a name for himself as an adventurer. But plagued by poor judgment and bad luck, his party turned back and Hubbard died of starvation just thirty miles from camp. Two

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In 1903 Leonidas Hubbard was commissioned by an outdoors magazine to explore Labrador by canoe. Joined by his best friend, Dillon Wallace, and a Scots-Cree guide, George Elson, Hubbard hoped to make a name for himself as an adventurer. But plagued by poor judgment and bad luck, his party turned back and Hubbard died of starvation just thirty miles from camp. Two years later, Hubbard's widow, Mina, and Wallace returned to Labrador, leading rival expeditions to complete the original trek and fix blame for the earlier failure. Their race made headlines from New York to Nova Scotia-and it makes fascinating reading today in this widely acclaimed reconstruction of the epic saga. The authors draw on contemporary accounts and their own journeys in Labrador to evoke the intense drama to men and women pushed beyond the limits of endurance in one of the great true adventures of our century.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Astonishing adventure....Combines the grace of fiction with the power of history." -THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"A compelling story... deserves a place...next to great adventure books such as KON TIKI and...CALL OF THE WILD." -William Breyfogle, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL

"What a movie this book make...a literary adventure like no other." -Margaret Mironowicz, TORONTO GLOVE AND MAIL

"A profound character-driven work of history and biography that reads like a first-rate novel." -Howard Frank Mosher, author of DISAPPEARNCES AND NORTHERN BORDERS

"The story surprises and delights. The book is a solid joy." -Annie Dillard, author of PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK

Library Journal
This book recounts the intertwined fates of three expeditions to Labrador at the turn of the century. In 1903 Leonidas Hubbard, Dillon Wallace, and George Easton mounted an overland trek that was eventually defeated by weather, terrain, and poor preparation. Hubbard perished. Seeking to vindicate her husband, Minna Hubbard set out to replicate the failed journey with the help of Easton, even as Wallace planned a similar attempt. The authors reconstruct the stories of the first expedition and its vying successors from the participants' journals and diaries, and use some fictional devices. An unusual tale based on historical fact, this should enjoy a wide audience.
— Jerry Maioli, Western Library Network, Olympia, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568361680
Publisher:
Kodansha International
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

JAMES WEST DAVIDSON is a historian who lives in Rhinebeck, New York. JOHN RUGGE is a physician living in Glens Falls, New York. They have also written The Complete Wilderness Paddler.

HOWARD FRANDK MOSHER is the author of Disappearances and Northern Borders. He lives in northern Vermont.

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