River of Forgotten Days: A Journey Down the Mississippi in Search of La Salle

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A poignant voyage of discovery down the great Mississippi.

Praised by such authors as John Barth, and George V. Higgins, Dan Spurr's gently powerful memoir, Steered by the Falling Stars, captured the hearts of readers with its story of death, rebirth, and redemption and its evocative description of life under sail. Now, Spurr takes us on another adventure, a voyage into not only the heartland of contemporary America but also back into the rough...

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Overview

A poignant voyage of discovery down the great Mississippi.

Praised by such authors as John Barth, and George V. Higgins, Dan Spurr's gently powerful memoir, Steered by the Falling Stars, captured the hearts of readers with its story of death, rebirth, and redemption and its evocative description of life under sail. Now, Spurr takes us on another adventure, a voyage into not only the heartland of contemporary America but also back into the rough and ready days of exploration and discovery 250 years ago.

Following the trail of the enigmatic French explorer Rene de La Salle, Spurr takes his seven-year-old son Steve and his grown daughter Adriana down the Mississippi from Chicago to New Orleans in the rundown, underpowered Belle. Throughout the journey, the juxtaposition of modern America on the river's banks and the untamed wilds of La Salle's day, as revealed through journals and historical documents, illuminates the changes in the land and its people over the intervening centuries.

The inexorable flow of Spurr's clean and honest prose mirrors that of this greatest of American rivers. The voices of the river's denizens and the keen observations of the author's young and wide-eyed shipmates take us deep into the heart of an ever-changing American landscape.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A little over 300 years after the French explorer Ren de La Salle became the first known European to travel from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, Spurr, editor of Practical Sailor magazine, followed his route, starting in Chicago and sailing down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans in Belle, a 20-foot fishing boat. He was accompanied by his seven-year-old son, Steve, and later joined by his 24-year-old daughter, Adria, on this 16-day trip. Spurr devotes a fair amount of time to the technical problems of sailing and repair but also includes historical reconstructions of La Salle's explorationsincluding speculation that he, not Jolliet, was the white discoverer of the upper Mississippi. There is also a good deal of Spurr family history especially memories of a dead father and a dead son, descriptions of local sights and affectionate and humorous anecdotes of a father and a young son traveling together. Unlike Jonathan Raban Old Glory, who delighted in the eccentricities he encountered during his sail down the Mississippi, Spurr is usually sunny and amused, more interested in the journey itselfand the story of La Sallethan in what he sees en route. Included, too, are pleasant asides on underwater explorations for La Salle shipwrecks in the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. This is a thoroughly enjoyable recreation. Photos. June
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A low-key family adventure finds mystery and meaning on the mighty Mississippi. In August 1995, Spurr (Steered by the Falling Stars, 1992) set out to retrace the voyage of French explorer Robert de La Salle, the first European to traverse the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Like La Salle's 17th- century journey, Spurr's is beset by missteps. One wonders how the editor of Practical Sailor magazine could be such a bumbler: He buys Pearl ("without a doubt the homeliest boat I'd ever seen," Spurr recalls) only a week before his planned departure, leaving little time for much needed repairs├żor for pinpointing how far he can go on a tank of gas (a critical calculation on the service-starved lower Mississippi). From his Rhode Island home, he drives to Chicago with 7-year-old son Steve, towing the 20-foot boat on a jerry-rigged trailer, burying its propeller in a truck's radiator while backing into a McDonalds. Despite the slapstick start, Spurr salvages meaning from the trip. He's searching for "pre-America," looking for a glimpse of the virgin wilderness that greeted La Salle. He gets a steady dose in the awesome power of the river itself, and, more fleetingly, in the rare stretches of wilderness on the banks unmarred by settlement or industry. He forges a rather predictable bond with Steve and daughter Adria (who boards in St. Louis), and satisfies, anticlimactically, his "two decades' quest for tangible proof of La Salle's presence in North America, for an artifact of any sort that I could actually get my hands on " with a side trip to visit Lee Politsch, keeper of the Ellington stone, a tablet believed to have been carved by La Salle in 1671. Acurious flatness robs Spurr's account of the grand adventurousness his trip seems to promise, leaving instead a sense of melancholy at the mess America has become. (25 b&w photos, not seen)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805046328
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Spurr is the editor of Practical Sailor magazine and was former senior editor of Cruising World. He is the author of Steered by the Falling Stars, as well as of two instructional sailing books, and lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    Emotion not often felt

    What can you say about an author brave enough to dive into such painful emotions. Must be a hell of a guy.

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