This is a beautiful book.
Gripping, hilarious, touching, and real.
If you love the BC coast
or life on the water
or family adventure
you will love this story.
I've just finished this book and thoroughly enjoyed it! Even though I was not familiar with a lot of the nautical terms and navigation, I was absorbed by this story. The author was a remarkable woman and raised her children as a single parent after her husband's death. She made their life full of magic and adventure, never shied away from a challenge, and gave her children, who were also her crew, an extraordinary life and knowledge of nature and the ocean. Most enjoyable read, highly recommend it.
Such a brave and resourceful woman! In the 1930's a widow with a bunch of kids, takes sail each year on voyages of discovery along the west coast of Canada. She is well aware that what they are seeing and enjoying is changing and will never be quite the same again, which lends a certain nostalgia to the writing. A classic.
Came across this book at a campground in Slave Lake this summer, of all places. Having lived on the coast for a number of years and visited Skookumchuk Narrows about 20 years ago, I was brought back to the vividness of the coastal landscape. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, consulting Google maps to see where "Capi" had sailed with her children. A fascinating read, given the time it was written and by an adventuresome widow with 5 children to boot! I especially enjoyed her description at the end of their beloved house and land at Curteis Point. I too marveled at her determination, courage, and inventiveness. She made the most of what must have been a very challenging situation. Makes me want to go sailing next summer!
One of the very best books about the BC coast that you can ever read! Highly recommended.
Just re-read it again after sailing in the Broughton Archipeligo. Saw many places Ms. Blanchet wrote about, And a marvelled at her determination, courage and inventiveness.
What an adventurer this woman was! It is a great treatment of the West Coast and makes me want to go with her. I wonder if her children knew how lucky they were?
This is a must read for any one living on Vancouver Island. The many discriptions of places around the discovery islands - some still there and many long gone - is unsurpassable by any other book available on the topic.
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