Idleness,Water,and a Canoe: Reflections on Paddling for Pleasure

Idleness,Water,and a Canoe: Reflections on Paddling for Pleasure

by Jamie Benidickson
     
 

This book describes the cultural significance of two centuries of recreational paddling in Canada, illustrating through contemporary interviews and published sources what the experience of canoeing has meant to the sport's participants.

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This book describes the cultural significance of two centuries of recreational paddling in Canada, illustrating through contemporary interviews and published sources what the experience of canoeing has meant to the sport's participants.

Editorial Reviews

The Globe and Mail - Dunnery Best
'Read this erudite book and you will never again be bested in of those endless canoe-trip conversations about canoes ... In the final analysis, canoeing is a very personal, emotive matter. Most of the current crop of trippers are harried, urbanized survivors. The canoe provides unique access to another, more real world. Benidickson's gentle, generous book manages well to capture this elusive process.'

The Toronto Star - Jon Chaplin
'Benidickson unloads some of the weight of so much information and data with dry, straight-faced humor, and organizes an immense archive into enjoyable prose.'

The Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal - Linda Turk
'Even a determined non-canoer can enjoy this book. It's interesting, and surprising, and beautifully written, so even if your idea of roughing it is having to get up to change the TV channel all by yourself without a remote control, you can still enjoy this book thoroughly ... This is a love story, and, thankfully, Benidickson is articulate in telling his passion for the canoe. His love for this wonderfully versatile craft shines on every page, and is guaranteed to enthrall any reader.'

Winnipeg Free Press - Harry Rintoul
'Whether you are a seasoned veteran, avid canoeist or beginner, Idleness, Water, and a Canoe is a rich resource which offers more than one explanation as to why, when idleness is at a premium, so many of us need to hear the song of the paddle.'

The Financial Post - Marian Botsford Fraser
'You can doze with this book on the dock, pick it up after an evening paddle, fall asleep with it at night.'

Nastawgan, publication of the Wilderness Canoe Association - Toni Harting
'All in all a splendid piece of work that should fascinate many a paddler, including the armchair variety.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802079107
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
05/17/1997
Pages:
299
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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