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Aan de schitterende rand van de wereld (edição 2017)

por Eowyn Ivey, Lidwien Biekmann, Koos Mebius

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In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads an exploratory expedition up the Wolverine River and into the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return. As they map the territory and gather information on native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his team can't escape the sense that some great, mysterious force threatens their lives. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions of a pregnant woman on her own, and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She, too, explores nature, through the new art of photography, unaware that the coming winter will test her own courage and faith to the breaking point. --… (mais)
Membro:WXC789
Título:Aan de schitterende rand van de wereld
Autores:Eowyn Ivey
Outros autores:Lidwien Biekmann, Koos Mebius
Informação:Amsterdam Ambo|Anthos © 2017
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I really enjoyed Ivey's first book, but did not like this one at all. The U.S. Army expedition into the interior of Alaska was fairly interesting, especially interactions with the natives and climate. No mistaking Ivey's love for her home state. But, I was terribly underwhelmed by the love story, and the chapters about the wife left behind were painful, until she got interested in photography. The letters between the Walt (who sent the colonel's journals to a Alaskan library and Josh (the librarian) were okay, but distracting. The mystery and mysticism of "old man" seemed much like the hummingbirds, which Sophie tries to photograph: fleeting and underdeveloped. Finally, I got sick of the interminable &'s. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
In an expedition loosely based on one undertaken by Lieutenant Henry T. Allen in 1885, the fictitious Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester and two subordinates intend to travel up the Wolverine River to find a Northwest passage in Alaska. The river route has been attempted before, but failed due to either impassable terrain or hostile natives. As if these challenges were not enough, Forrester is confronted with fantastical events his logical mind refuses to accept, and Lieutenant Pruitt is haunted by his role in the Elk Creek massacre. Meanwhile, back at the Vancouver Barracks in Washington Territory, Allen's wife Sophie is dealing with challenges of her own.

Their stories are told through their diaries, a few letters between them, and some official correspondence regarding the expedition. This epistolary style works well, allowing both Allen and Sophie to relate their experiences in the first person. This timeline is encapsulated by correspondence between Walter, an elderly descendant of Sophie's, and Josh, a young Alaskan museum curator to whom Walter wants to entrust the diaries. Although it may sound complicated, it reads smoothly and the layers of narratives allows for interpretation and perspective. For example, Josh and Walter are able to discuss the differences between Allen's diaries and his official reports, the impact the expedition had on the native peoples, and cultural loss.

Allen's story is one of adventure interspersed with Athabaskan myths. Although I was familiar with some of the stories, such as those of Old Man Raven, others were new, and I went online to learn more about the Fog Woman and The Spruce Tree Man. Sophie's story was no less compelling, and she may have been the more developed character, with a better-developed back story and more introspective writing. She is a naturalist and photographer in an age where both are seen as male occupations, and her intelligence and desire for self-determination make her interactions with the other officers′ wives and the post doctor complicated.

I loved Eowyn Ivey′s first novel, [The Snow Child], and was not disappointed with her second, although Snow Child is still my favorite. I was immediately drawn into this story, but felt things bog down a bit, before I was swept back into it. I think Ivey′s strengths are her characters and her ability to integrate myth and fairy tales into her plots. Her deft handling of the epistolary style in this book reminds me of [Daniel Stein, Interpreter: A Novel in Documents] by Ludmila Ulitskaya. After only two novels, Ivey feels like not only an accomplished writer, but also one with a distinctive style, and I look forward to her next work. ( )
  labfs39 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This was great. I read The Snow Child several years ago, and I have now really enjoyed both of Eowyn Ivey's books.

Allan Forrester is leading a three-man US-government-organized expedition into the wilds of the Alaska Territory, traveling upstream along the Wolverine River. As the men travel, they push through the difficult landscape that had stymied earlier attempts at traversing the region and move into a part of the country where myth and reality seem to blur--where tribes famed for their cannibalism roam, and where the boundary between human and non-human begins to muddy. Back at the ranch, Allan's wife, Sophie, is the most alone she has ever been; but as the months pass, she also begins to have a story of transformation.

As I said, I really enjoyed this book. At the beginning, I was really unsure of what I would think of the epistolary/mixed-media format, but I ultimately found it really interesting. I really appreciated how all of the characters in the novel, really, had meaningful arcs, from Allan and Sophie to numerous smaller characters. ( )
  forsanolim | Dec 19, 2020 |
Audiobook narrated by John Glouchevitch, Christine Lakin, & Kiff VandenHeuve.
4.5****

The novel has two stories of exploration and adventure. In 1885, Col Allen Forrester leads an expedition to explore the Wolverine River in Alaska, a trek that has been deemed impossible. His wife, Sophie, remains at Vancouver Barracks, Washington, where she explores the wonders of nature, birds in particular, through her growing expertise in photography.

This is a marvelous adventure story, and an engaging look at personal growth. Both these lead characters experience heartache and difficulties and yet both persevere in reaching their goals despite obstacles, naysayers, and setbacks.

I loved the use of diary entries and letters to tell this bifurcated story. Allen is a strong leader, compassionate but demanding, taking care of his men as best as circumstances and supplies allow, giving clear orders, delegating authority, taking his share of the burden, championing the cause, and always, holding dear to his heart his beloved wife.

Sophie is equally marvelous and tenacious as she pursues an unusual outlet for her intelligence, creativity and curiosity. If the doctor will not lend her a book to further her understanding and knowledge, she’ll steal borrow it! Rather than ask politely, or even forcefully, for help in creating a dark room, she sets out to do it herself.

The book is full of Native Alaskan people’s culture, traditions, and stories. There are several very strong Native characters. I love magical realism and Ivey seamlessly weaves these elements into her story. I particularly like the woman, Nat’aaggi, and her trusty dog, Boyo. She’s cautious, self-reliant, determined, loyal to the group and yet fiercely independent. I loved the scene where Forrester stood up against native tradition and insisted that she ride along his men as a member of his party rather than walk behind as other native women were doing. Her growing relationship with the men was beautifully played out, as each learned to trust and rely upon the other, and their mutual respect blossomed.

The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by three talented voice artists: John Glouchevitch, Christine Lakin and Kiff VandenHeuve. Ms Lakin obviously narrates all of Sophies letters and diary entries. I’m not certain which man narrates which of the other sections, but all do a marvelous job.

I was happy that I also had a text version of the book handy, for it contains maps, drawings and photographs that supplement Ivey’s wonderful prose. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jun 30, 2020 |
3.75 stars. While not as amazing as Ivey's debut novel THE SNOW CHILD, this novel plays with a variety of narrators and storylines, moving mostly effortlessly between stories and centuries. And now I would like to see Alaska. ( )
  ChristopherSwann | May 15, 2020 |
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In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads an exploratory expedition up the Wolverine River and into the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return. As they map the territory and gather information on native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his team can't escape the sense that some great, mysterious force threatens their lives. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions of a pregnant woman on her own, and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She, too, explores nature, through the new art of photography, unaware that the coming winter will test her own courage and faith to the breaking point. --

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