Ten celebrated stories of contemporary Alaska, a full-color, no-holds-barred portrayal of life in the Great Land.
ALASKANS paints a series of unforgettable portraits of Alaskans in all walks of life. A firefighter confronts his mixed identity as a wildfire rages; a teenager discovers one of the perils of cannery work; friends hunt for happiness at the top of the world; rivals meet over the grave of the man they loved. Spirited, wide-ranging, by turns tender and blunt, written in a lean and vigorous prose, the selection includes Tanyo Ravicz�s classic novella �A Fox in May,� in which young Jed Hanson, a boy on the cusp of manhood, becomes immersed in the terrors and beauties of the natural world.
"Capture[s] this state in a way few writers seem capable." --- David James, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
"Storytelling at its finest ... a savoury feast for the senses." --- Anne Ku, Le Bon Journal
"Raw, violent, sad and sometimes funny ... Ravicz does a fine job of presenting the human side of living in the wilderness." --- William Phenn, Reader Views
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About the Author
After living on the East Coast and in Europe, Ravicz moved to Alaska, stayed many years, and worked as, among other things, a cannery hand, firefighter, and schoolteacher. He homesteaded land on Kodiak Island, where he returns every summer. Alaska fired his passion for the natural world and became a focus of his writing. Today he lives in California.
Visit the author's website at www.tanyo.net or www.denalibooks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I couldn't put this book down! The characters are wonderful, richly drawn and eccentric, and I found I cared deeply about them all. As a long time lover of the Alaskan life and peoples, I knew this book would be great fun to read. I did not anticipate just how involved I would become in each story, and they all left me wanting more about each character. Many of these stories have stayed with me long after I read them. Isn't that what we want from a great book? Interesting plot lines, eccentric and warm characters, and great details of all aspects of Alaska life. I will definitely be re-reading this one over and over. If you are an Alaska fan, a fan of the short story, or just love a good read in general, be sure to grab a copy of this book. I plan to pickup anything else available by this author and look forward to much more great reading.
Alaskans by Tanyo Ravicz I've always loved Alaska and have had a deep felt love of the state since I can remember. When I saw Alaskans by Tanyo Ravicz I knew I had to see what it was about. It reminded me of a book I had once read called "Ozark Memories" by Pam Prier, a book I loved & actually read more than once just because of the touching stories involved. Each author seemed to be able to tell a tale of stories about a place that they loved from deep within their hearts and the people who belonged there. Tanyo Ravicz's Alaskans immediately gave me the impression that the author not only knew about Alaska but Alaska was a part of who he was. While Prier's book Ozark Memories was a book of memoirs, Ravicz's book Alaskans was a combination of fiction, reality and memoirs that you knew had to of been based upon someone the author knew during his life in Alaska itself. You could tell the stories were of true Alaskan spirit in contemporary times. The book is comprised of various short stories, ranging from a few pages to a substantial length for each. Each story has it's own feel, it's own character, it's own magic. Whether you enjoy the "outdoorsiness" of many of the stories or the traditions of some others, you will definitely find a touch of reality within each that sets it apart from the rest. No two stories are the same. You'll find stories of men, boys, women & animal. You'll be touched by traditions, simplicity, complexity and reality. As a matter of fact the variations of each story, each character or each situation keeps you wondering "What could be next" as you move through the book. I always enjoy books that have a group of stories to read because it allows for breaks. Busy lifestyles often hinder reading and in this case it's so easy to finish a single story in one sitting that you'll find by the end of the book, you have felt like you've read ten different ones. It was always my "take along" book for such time as doctor's appointments and waiting for children to jump into the car when picking them up because I knew I could almost always finish at least one full story and walk away feeling complete. On lucky days, I'd get 2 or 3 stories read in a day! The variations in plot & characters made the book very easy to read and hard to ever become bored with. One moment you were reading about a young boy slowly learning to become a "man" as he raised chickens and had to make tough decisions against nature, while the next moment you were chuckling along with fire fighters while they raised heck in the "local" bar. No two stories were alike, all were filled with authentic and realistic details that brought just a touch of a whole other world, the "world" of Alaska, into your lap. If you've ever dreamed of going to, visiting, living in or simply knowing the true Alaska, this book is for you. Filled with great stories & interesting details that only an "insider" could know and you're given the privilege of being "one of them"... an Alaskan.