A Wilderness Called Home: Dispatches from the Wild Heart of Canada, Charles Wilkins. Published by Penguin/Viking, Toronto, 2001. First Edition. Grey boards, blue spine with grey titles. Unclipped jacket and volume in mint condition.
“A compelling weave of travel narrative and portraiture, of unexpected exotica and humor, A Wilderness Called Home explores the nature of our attachment to Canada’s land and waters. Canadians, Wilkins discovered, identify with the wilderness in an infinite variety of subtle or impassioned ways: as sea captains, mountaineers, artists, eco-warriors, rafters, nudists, industrialists – or merely as canoeists or cottage dwellers (some eight million [Canadians] vacate urban homes on summer weekends to spend time in the wilds or countryside). In April 2000, Wilkins set off from his Lake Superior home on journeys that took him coast to coast – aboard a working freighter on the Great Lakes, then overland to the west, at times on foot in the mountains and rainforests and along the sea coasts. His travels culminated in an intense two-week sojourn alone in the wilderness of northern Canada.” 002071