Northwest Passage By Kenneth Roberts is Kindle Kenneth Lewis Roberts December July was an American author of historical novels Roberts worked first as
Northwest Passage By Kenneth Roberts is Kindle Kenneth Lewis Roberts December 8, 1885 July 21, 1957 was an American author of historical novels Roberts worked first as a journalist, becoming nationally known for his work with the Saturday Evening Post from 1919 to 1928, and then as a popular novelist Born in Kennebunk, Maine, Roberts specialized in Regionalist historical fiction He often wrote about his native state and its terrain, also depicting other upper New England states and scenes For example, the main characters of Arundel and Rabble in Arms are from Kennebunk then called Arundel , the main character of Northwest Passage is depicted as being from Kittery, Maine with friends in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the main character in Oliver Wiswell is from Milton, Massachusetts via. Told through the eyes of primary character Langdon Towne, much of this novel centers around the exploits and character of Robert Rogers, the leader of Rogers Rangers, who were a colonial force fighting with the British during the French and Indian War.Structurally, Northwest Passage is divided into halves The first half is a carefully researched, day by day recreation ofTold through the eyes of primary character Langdon Towne, much of this novel centers around the exploits and character of Robert Rogers, the leader of Rogers Rangers, who were a colonial force fighting with the British during the French and Indian War.Structurally, Northwest Passage is divided into halves The first half is a carefully researched, day by day recreation of the raid by Rogers Rangers on the Indian village at Saint Fran ois du Lac, Quebec or Saint Francis, to the Americans troops , a settlement of the Abenakis, an American Indian tribe The second half of the novel covers Rogers later life in London, England and Fort Michilimackinac, Michigan Roberts decision to cover the novel s material in two distinct halves followed the actual trajectory of Rogers life.. Good Ebook Northwest Passage Not being terribly familiar with North America, especially that of the wild days of the late 18th century, just before the American War of Independence, I read this book with an open atlas at my elbow. This enabled me not only to read a ripping and entertaining yarn, or three, of adventures and endurance, but also learn lots about the geography and history of those times. This alone gave me enormous satisfaction.The title is somewhat deceptive. The Northwest Passage, as I understand it, was the elusive sea-route past Hudson Bay, through the Arctic Ocean, to the Bering Strait, the Northeast Passage being the same route in reverse. By contrast, the eponymous passage of this book is the land route up the Missouri and out through Oregon. Further, while the middle part of the book deals with Major Rogers' obsession with discovering this road, it is not the main focus of the story as much as it is the heroes, villains, wars, and politics of the period.The first part of the book was my favourite: an epic tale, in the tradition of Tolkien and Shackleton, of a journey through hell and back. The second part puts in perspective the political shenanigans of the British that were later to help trigger the revolt of the American colonists. The third part is a denouement, telling a love story of the first person of the narrative, Langdon Towne, and his finding peace in a troubled continent.It was not only America that I learned more of, but Americans, too. The idea that the British, as colonial masters, were bumbling idiots is familiar to me. We could tell similar histories here in South Africa, as well as in India and elsewhere. Americans' excessive religiosity, the idea that they were chosen of God, parallels that of the Boers of South Africa in the early 19th century, who also sought to escape the clutches of British despotism and to find their own northeast passage. Freedom continues today, as I see it, to be the touchstone of all things that Americans find precious, and this book explains why better than any other I'd read. I liked it.