On the Edge of Nowhere

On the Edge of Nowhere


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For sheer excitement and adventure, few novels match the true-life story of James Huntington. The son of a white trapper and Indian mother, Huntington learned early to fight for survival in Alaska's remote Kuskokwim region, where life was hard. Huntington's mother once walked 1,000 miles in the dead of winter to return to her family. Later, when she died, it fell to her son--then just seven--to care for his brother and sister.

A courageous yet modest man, Huntington hunts wolves, fights bears, survives close calls too numerous to mention, and becomes the first musher to win the Anchorage and Fairbanks sled-dog race championships in the same year.

On the Edge of Nowhere is an enduring Alaska classic, an astonishing story filled with surprising twists and turns and still "tingling with excitement," as a reviewer put it, in this third edition of an Alaska classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780970849335
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2002
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 223,877
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Elliott, who has written several books and numerous magazine articles, was Reader's Digest correspondent for Alaska and western Canada when this story was written in the mid-1960s. Elliott now lives in Luxembourg.

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On the Edge of Nowhere 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A short and engaging account of one man's survival in Alaska during the first half of the 20th century. Although the stories were amazing, they certianly seemed a little far fetched. I want to believe that Mr. Hunting killed him a wolf when he was eight and took out three bears with an axe but somehow I imagine there might be a little exgaration going on. This book reads more like the Paul Bunyan/Davy Crocket tales of Alaska. Huntington had a knack for getting his life in order than having some crazy catastrophe happen which caused him to start all over. It's was a little frustrating to read about, then the ending was so abrupt. I suppose I need to read through the afterword of the newer edition to see if there may be more insights to his life.
cmac1 More than 1 year ago
If you think you have it hard. If you think life dealt you a bad hand, read this story of a man who didn't know how to quit. Get an education in how to dig deep and stick to something.
Patrica More than 1 year ago
I gave this book as a Christmas gift to my husband and he wants to tell me about it and says I won't believe what happens but I want to read it so I won't let him!
HikerEC More than 1 year ago
If you want to relive in his own words the life of a person in old Alaska. (Late 1800's through mid 1900's.) James Huntington grew up hard and lived even harder but he never did seem to lose that ability to enjoy life. Many people could learn from his book. In other words this is an outstanding book and I highly recomend it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
its a really great book. i really liked it. awsome!! all the adventures in this book, it would keep a little kid occupied. It is a really great book to read any old time. It was about a half breed man just trying to make a living in Alaska. i would recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in high school. My mother handed it to me and said it was pretty good. I learned that when she said a book was pretty good it was really good. This book was great. An easy read for a younger person, full of adventure and emotion. Interesting cultural and historical flavor. Very inspirational. Just a great book. I would recommend this book for teachers who are looking for books to have in the classroom.