Disappointment River by Brian Castner

Disappointment River

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, only to confront impassable pack ice. In 2016, the acclaimedmemoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey -- and discovered the Passage he could not find.Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back...

Details Disappointment River

TitleDisappointment River
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherMcClelland & Stewart
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Travel, Autobiography, Memoir, Adventure

Reviews Disappointment River

  • Lizz
    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience.See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com
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  • Brenda Ayala
    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It’s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad.After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author followed in his footsteps more than 200 years later. It’s an arduous journey that is characterized by a ton of hazards. It was a surprisingly intense for being an histor...
  • Angie Boyter
    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing styleSee my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147...
  • Casey Wheeler
    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as the description sounded interesting - a mix of history and a modern day reen...
  • Paul Womack
    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would not embark on such a joorney, but the author made it possible to share his adventure emotionally and mentally.
  • Judy
    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) and the terrain has changed minimally in 227 years. MacKenzie was in search of the Northwest Passage and called the river Disappointment River because he thought he...
  • Ward
    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northwest Territories that cannot be seen via most maps. Also, those were some savage times in those days of the fur traders and voyageurs! I hope I will be able to visit...
  • Batesharbuck
    Nice contrast between Castner's and MacKenzie's journeys. Both were incredibly tough, though Castner had much more of a safety net. He brought up lots of topics and issues: First Nations rights, climate change, development, but it all boiled down to the challenges the land and elements present, and depending on the people you are with.
  • Ricky Duncan
    This was a giveaway win for me. The blurb caught my interest, the book held my interest. Very nice mix of researched history with the authors personal experiences running side by side. I must admit I learned quite s bit of historical facts scattered through out this book. Highly recommended for Canadian history buffs
  • Rich
    A highly-enjoyable tale of a historic canoe journey and a modern day trip to trace the original path. More historical and travel journal than adventure, but Castner does a good job of putting you in the heart of the Mackenzie River. I got itchy just thinking about the mosquito swarms!
  • Marsha
    This well-crafted memoir/biography takes the reader on an intense journey into the history of Alexander Mackenzie's exploration of northwest passage as we follow the author make the same journey 200 years later.. Wow. Well done!
  • Brenda Schneider
    Enjoyed the tracing of a historical trip. I would recommend reading. I won this book through goodreads.
  • Heidi Hoff
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
  • Michelle
    Interesting read, but not quite into the writing style.