River of Mountains will please nature lovers and history buffs alike.
The story [Lourie] tells is an interesting mixture of his struggle with the power of the river and the obstacles in his path, juxtaposed with snippets of history and the people who helped him along the way.
You don't have to be a canoe buff to want to read River of Mountains. This book is for you if you've ever zipped over a river, eyes flicking from the dullness of the road to the inviting shininess below, wondering where the water would take you if only you could let it. Peter Lourie can tell you.
Peter Lourie's magnificent adventure captured me immediately. I can identify with the desire to paddle an entire concourse, to achieve a sort of canoeing closure....wonderful and informative book.
Lourie's (English, U. of Vermont) journal of his three-month trip down the entire length of the Hudson River, combining his personal experiences with descriptions of the landscape and natural features, and his conversations and other interactions with the exotic natives that live along the shore. There is no record of that journey having been made before in the same vessel, because halfway along the river slides beneath the estuary, and the rest of the trip is more suitable for an ocean- going ship than a canoe. Includes black-and-white photographs. No index or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)