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Tent Life in Siberia

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In this amazing tale of adventure, George Kennan tells the story of his expedition through the Siberian wilderness with a small team of explorers. In 1864 Kennan, funded by the Russo-American Telegraph Company, set out to do the seemingly impossible-telegraphically connect the United States and Europe via land lines running through the Bering Straits and Siberia. Kennan and his comrades survived for two years in the vast, perilous wilderness of uncharted Siberia, seeing sights no man had ever seen and meeting ...
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Overview

In this amazing tale of adventure, George Kennan tells the story of his expedition through the Siberian wilderness with a small team of explorers. In 1864 Kennan, funded by the Russo-American Telegraph Company, set out to do the seemingly impossible-telegraphically connect the United States and Europe via land lines running through the Bering Straits and Siberia. Kennan and his comrades survived for two years in the vast, perilous wilderness of uncharted Siberia, seeing sights no man had ever seen and meeting nomadic peoples completely isolated from civilization.

With beautiful detail, poignant insight, and Twain-like wit, Kennan writes of the incredible sights of an uncharted world and the landscapes of the human mind. As enjoyable today as it was 140 years ago, Tent Life in Siberia is a timeless piece of storytelling to excite and enthrall any lover of adventure literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414236032
  • Publisher: IndyPublish.com
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction   Larry McMurtry     ix
Preface     xv
The Russo-American Telegraph-The "Olga" sails from San Francisco for Kamtchatka and the Amoor     1
The Voyage across the North Pacific     10
Voyage continued-Petropavlovski     22
Petropavlovski     30
Russian Language-Departure of the Amoor River Party     40
A Kamtchatkan Wedding-Start for the "Far North"     48
Horseback Ride in Kamtchatka-The Mountains-Vegetation-Animal Life-The Villages-The People     56
"Jerusalem"-The Dwellings-A Kamtchatka Supper-Indian Summer-A "Jehu" Prayer-Hard Riding     67
Malqua-Fine Scenery-Genul-A Bear Hunt-Pooschin     78
Sherom-Boating-Milkova-Exciting Reception in the Character of "Emperor"     86
The River, continued-Volcano Kloochay-A "Black Bath"     97
Canoe Travel on the "Yolofka"-Volcanic Conversation-"Oh, Susanna!"-Talking "American"-Ride to Yolofka under Difficulties     109
A Chilly Lodging-Grand Scenery-Another Bear Hunt-Steeple-Chase-Floating to Tigil     122
Coast of the Okhotsk Sea-Lesnoi-Whale-boat and the Land Part-"Devil's Pass"-Samanka Mountains-Snow-storm-Wild Scene     133
Gale continued-Famine imminent-Boating Party heard from-Return to Lesnoi     146
Kamtchadal Nights' Entertainments-ThePeople-The Fish-Sables-Language-Music-Songs-Dog-sledges-Costume     154
Russian Doctoring-The Samanka Mountains-Encampment of Wandering Koraks-Dogs and Reindeer-Personals-Burrowing-"Prologs"-Korak Delicacies     166
Other Traits of Wandering Koraks-Independence-Hospitality-Lodging-Breakfast-Reindeer Travel-Korak Notions of Distance-Mysterious Visitor     181
Cheerless Travelling-Korak Marriage Ceremonies-Won't you take a Toadstool?-Monotonous Existence     195
Korak Language-Religion-Customs, etc     206
River Penzhina-"25[degree] below zero"-Kamenoi-Korak "Yourt"-Journey to Geezhega-"Pavoskas" Meekina-The "Settled Koraks"     221
Dog-driving-Reindeer Episode-Geezhega-The Governor and his Hospitality-Telegraphic Plans-The Author's Party sent to Anadyrsk     235
Arctic Rambling in Winter-Malmofka-Night Scenes-Shestakova     250
Dismal Lodgings-News from Col. Bulkley-Search for Lost Party of Americans-Curious Tree-Siberian "Poorga"-Storm     261
Penzhina-Telegraph Poles-Arctic Temperature-Studying Astronomy-Arrival at Anadyrsk-A Priest's Hospitality     273
Anadyrsk-The Northern Outpost of Russian Life-Russian Christmas-A Ball-A Feast-Siberian Politeness     285
Adventures in search of our Comrades     300
Adventures continued-Discovery of the Party     308
Siberian Tribes and their Peculiarities-Ideas of Reading and the Arts      320
An Arctic Aurora-Further Explorations-Arrival of our Comrades-Journey to the Okhotsk Sea     331
Social Life at Geezhega-Major Abasa's Expedition-Sudden Transformation from Winter to Summer-Customs of the People, etc     343
Weary Waiting-Mosquitoes-Arrival of a Russian Frigate     362
Arrival of Supply-Ships-Last Journey to the Arctic Circle-Korak Drivers-Famine at Anadyrsk     374
Bush Redivivus-Serious Dilemma-Starvation threatened-Eight Hundred Laborers hired-Enterprising American-A Wilderness     390
Journey to Gamsk-Valley of the Viliga-A Storm-A perilous pass     406
Return to Geezhega-Arrival of the Onward-Orders to "Close up"-Beaten by the Atlantic Cable-Summary-Start for St. Petersburg-ATrip of more than 5,000 miles     421
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    Highly Recommend

    Wonderfully written account of a physically and emotionally demanding journey into the unfamiliar. The dark humor, along with the detailed and sometimes surprising observations made by Kennan, makes this Siberian adventure tale a great read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about Russian history and culture, or in travel literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    Great Book.

    This adventure tale is about an area and culture that seems very inaccessible, even today. George Kennan and his fellow travelers journeyed to Siberia in order to bridge the gap by telegraphically connecting the United States and Europe. In the end they failed, but this trip resulted in a terrific cultural snapshot. I would highly recommend this book for people who enjoy travel literature, as well as Russian cultural history.

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