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Pierre Berton
Birth date: July 12, 1920
Died: November 30, 2004
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 4 years ago
What is it about the Far North that not only causes people to risk their lives to explore it but also draws people to read about it? I’m not sure, and neither is Berton, but he sure writes a good book about five people whose lives in some ways were defined and/or determined by the No...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 5 years ago
I think sub titles for books like this should “White Men Doing Stupid Things When They Should Have Asked Natives Instead”. Because honestly, it would have been much easier if they had just followed the Inuit. This massive book is about the discovery and exploration of...
Heidi Hart
Heidi Hart rated it 6 years ago
My dad used to read this to me on cold winter nights when I was a kid (not this version: he had an old, library-bound copy of The Collected Poems of Robert W. Service), and now my wife, a middle school teacher, reads it to her students every Halloween. Ooh, goosebumps!
Valz rated it 7 years ago
Written by Pierre Burton, a Canadian literary and media superstar, and illustrated by his daughter Patsy, this adventure features four siblings searching for their baby brother, The Pollywog as they call him. Burton based the children on his own and it brought him more fan mail than any other of his...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
Pierre Berton's virtues are well known - he's accessible; he tells a good story in decent prose. He's a good popularizer. To someone whose profession is in primary historical documents, the lack of notes and sources can be an irritant: there's no indulgence of the "I want to read more" impulse. But ...
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