In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond by John Zada

In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond

On the central and north coast of British Columbia, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, containing more organic matter than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet. The area plays host to a wide range of species, from thousand-year-old western cedars to humpback whales to iconic white Spirit bears. According to local residents, another giant is said to live in these woods. For centuries people ...

Details In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond

TitleIn the Valleys of the Noble Beyond
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherAtlantic Monthly Press
GenreNonfiction, Travel, Environment, Nature, Cultural, Canada, Biography Memoir, Autobiography, Memoir, Science, Biology, Mystery

Reviews In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond

  • Lisa
    Alright. So as a person who was raised in New Mexico, and Eastern California, I had never heard of this Bigfoot hoopla. Although I was born in Anchorage,Alaska,.it was just a place I was born. New Mexico, and California was.home to me. The desert and the mountains! When my parent's moved us to Northern Washington state in the 7th grade, I discovered snow, and season's! Love them! Unfortunately, I also discovered some strange arsed people who beli...
  • Juli
    Tales of a giant North American ape-like creature have been told for hundreds of years. Native peoples, explorers, pioneers, travelers, hunters, farmers, fisherman, campers, vacationing families....there are many legends and stories of this elusive giant cryptid creature. There are many names as well....Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Skunk Ape, Wild Man, and more. Here in Western NC, the local legend calls the creature Knobby. Does Bigfoot exist? No clue. B...
  • Bandit
    This book had me at a mere mention of Sasquatch. Yeah, I’ll read about a guy going Sasquatch hunting. Certainly read enough about fictional versions of this story. But this book actually turned out to be so much more. A very pleasant surprise. Not a mere quest, but also a travelogue of the British Columbia coastal region and First Nation settlements there and also a meditation of why we look for mythical creatures and what it says about us as a...
  • J.S.
    So, do I believe in Bigfoot, or Sasquatch? That’s probably not the right question. A better question would be: do I ever even think about Sasquatch? And the answer would have to be no. It’s not that I believe or disbelieve, it’s just that it’s not something I spend any time thinking about. At least not since I was ten years old, but even then...John Zada thought about Bigfoot when he was ten years old, too, but when the opportunity came t...
  • dori
    Absolutely enthralling, well-written, entertaining and thorough.I picked this up as a curiosity (not my typical choice of read) and read it straight through, grateful that it wasn't a simpering, new age quackery of a read. Trust me when I say the author did a great job at presenting as objectively as possible on a topic such as this. Initially, I had my doubts, given the topic itself, but was far too curious not to request this (thank you, NetGal...
  • Kamisha
    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I absolutely enjoyed reading this book! Based on the fact that it was about searching for Sasquatch in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia (one of the most fascinating ecosystems in the world to me) I already knew this book was up my alley, but it was so much better than what I expected.In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond is about a journalist searching for signs of Sasquatch in one of the most ecol...
  • Julie Gray
    In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond is really a deeply satisfying travelogue and social study about how our environments shape us and why our minds are so well suited to believe in supernatural phenomena. I grew up in "Bigfoot country" and so was always terrified of the myth of the Sasquatch, but I have never found any writing about the subject which isn't sensationalized or silly. I live in the Middle East, so reading about the dappled forests an...
  • Amit Verma
    This journal attempts to discuss myth of Sasquatch ( Big foot, Yeti) in British Columbia area by author. Book is wide in its coverage and covers all aspects of history, present events and hotspots related to sasquatch encounters..It throws light on epic yeti researcher John Brindenagel and various books and testimonials about encounters with bigfoot.Book covers beauty of the great bear rainforest, koeye, hoodoovalley, kitasoo valley, oceanaa fall...
  • Thomas Ryan
    Part travelogue and part mediation on travel, this is a sublime book that truly captures a unique place and explores in depth the reality of what we know about the Sasquatch and more importantly what we know about the idea and meaning of such phenomena. By far the best travel book of the summer of 2019.
  • Michelle Boyer
    Note: Thank you to NetGalley, the Publisher, and author John Zada for allowing me to read an eARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I've been fascinated by Sasquatch and was thrilled to see an upcoming title pertaining to one of the great mysteries that continues to plague us: Is Sasquatch real? Whether you believe or don't believe in Sasquatch, you're familiar with the stories, famous sightings, and plenty of fun reality television...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This wasn't a bad book, but just different than I thought it might be. I've always had a huge interest in cryptozoology. It's just something that I find very interesting to read about, from the crackpot theories to the very plausible ones. Personally, I find Bigfoot pretty credible based on the information I've been presented.But, this book isn't entirely about them. It's more about the culture around them. As I've seen in cryptozoology, usually ...
  • Julie (HufflepuffGirl90)
    I started this book with no real idea what it was about, was it fact, fiction, or hopeful supposition.What I found was beautiful descriptions of the Canadian wilderness and Pacific Northwest. Zada did a good job with researching all form of the Sasquatch legend; bringing in the Yeti, Abominable Snowman, forest devil, bush Indians, etc.I greatly enjoyed travelling through Canada in this book. The scenery depicted was breathtaking, I only wish that...
  • Samantha
    I was expecting a book about Sasquatch but I was pleasantly surprised to instead get a book about the Pacific coast of British Columbia and the native people that still live there. I found the Sasquatch stories interesting, but it was the stories and first-hand accounts of life among the First People that provided the true story. The author travels up and down the remote and sparsely inhabited west coast of British Columbia and experiences it's b...
  • Andrew Boden
    I'd never read about the Sasquatch before, but this book seized my attention from the first page. Zada captures not only the rainswept valleys and rugged coasts of the Great Bear Rainforest, but the beating heart of the region, too: with its rich characters, strange adventures and, of course, its first hand accounts of the Sasquatch. But Zada's story isn't so much about finding this illusive creature, but about seeking something of the extraordin...
  • Julia Keizer
    I always wanted to be a journalist, and this novel brought back all those feelings. Of wanting to discover something new and provide that insight to the world. A very descriptive novel of the beautiful wilderness of British Columbia. Of trying to uncover the truth about big foot, or Sasquatch. A novel rich with traditions of the different aboriginal people of British Columbia. Of the different beliefs surrounding Sasquatch. This novel is a journe...
  • Peter
    This book is to misquote the Michael Rosen poem feels like We're All Going on A Bear Hunt but in this case its seeking out Bigfoot. The book is a sum of many parts, there is natural history and ecology, psychology, local politics and much human experience all combining into a narrative. The book is very easy to read and is informative, never preachy and takes an evidence based approach to the mythology surrounding Sasquatch.For me the key to this...
  • Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis
    This was a beautiful book. The descriptions of British Columbia and the Native people were fascinating. Zara made me feel like I was along the journey with him. I appreciate the fact that the author is unbiased. He is there to investigate, any decisions on what exists are yours alone. I thought the book was well laid out and easy to follow. I think travelers, crypto fans, history buffs and wildlife lovers, will all enjoy this book. I look forward...
  • Jypsy
    I've never read a book pertaining to Sasquatch, so I decided to give it a good. The story is informative, and I'm glad for that. I learned some things from the story. Really, it's a type of research journal narrative. The main character is unbiased and engaging. It's an interesting field of work about all things Sasquatch. Definitely an educational read about things I knew nothing about. A solid read overall.
  • Dan Sperling
    I absolutely loved this book and had a hard time putting it down. Beautifully written and brilliantly conceived, it treats a controversial topic in an eminently sensible way that avoids the twin pitfalls of foolish credulity and narrow-minded skepticism. But IN THE VALLEYS OF THE NOBLE BEYOND is, at heart, about far more than the Sasquatch, with the author's search for that creature providing the frame-story for a much larger quest for truth. I w...
  • Darla
    A combination of travel memoir, Sasquatch sightings and philosophy. As John Zada searched for Sasquatch, he vacillated between "it exists" and "it doesn't exist." He traveled from one village to the next seeking out firsthand reports and searching for evidence. Along the way he became intimately acquainted with the beauty of the Great Bear Forest -- the Noble Beyond -- in British Columbia and saw the ecological struggles occurring there. As a chi...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Fans of nature writing and those interested in British Columbia should pick this up immediately. Yes it's framed around the Sasquatch but it's so much more. Make no mistake, Zada is not arguing for the existence of this legendary creature- he's letting a whole range of people talk about it, as well as about the region. It's a terrific read. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I hope this gets the audience it deserves.
  • Jean
    I loved this book! The best part of the book for me was the beautiful area, I love nature and wildlife and this book is wellwritten about this beautiful area. Thank you so much, Netgalley, John Zada and the Publisherfor the chance to read this wonderful book!
  • Steve Earle
    This is a wonderful book about how we believe what we do and why.
  • Les
    Excellent. The author's descriptions of places and people are vivid and make you feel as if you are standing beside him. But what really makes this special is his vulnerability and insight into what it means to believe in the existence (or possible existence) of Bigfoot.
  • Wendi
    Based on the description and early reviews, I requested and was granted an ARC from Grove Atlantic.The final narrative feels like a bit of a bait and switch. At one point about a third of the way through, Zada mentions that while he has returned to Canadian tribal areas with the intention of hunting for Bigfoot or, more likely, local stories and experiences with Bigfoot, he's given a lecture by a local that he should be ashamed of himself for wri...
  • Kerry Pickens
    Beautifully written tale about a writer's exploration not only of the myths surrounding Sasquatch, but the psychology behind the human experience of "seeing" strange phenomena. The writer discusses the Native people's reactions to his interest in the myths and his lack of focous for their own societal problems, as well as his ability to relate to them as outsiders of the midstream American life. The author is Middle Eastern, and I enjoyed his ref...
  • Tiffany
    I remember being fascinated as a child about "Bigfoot" and worrying about spying him in the woods (even though we didn't live anywhere that one had ever been 'sighted'). This book renews that fascination and I found myself ever hopeful throughout that the author, John Zada, would find ultimate proof of their existence. There is certainly enough history through thousands of years of indigenous storytelling to indicate that this is not a new phenom...
  • SundayAtDusk
    A reader does not have to have an intense interest in the search for the Sasquatch to appreciate this book. In fact, one does not have to have any interest in Big Foot to think John Zada's work was a worthwhile read. For Mr. Zada explores the world of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, a place many know nothing about. He describes the lives and beliefs of the people of the First Nations, such as the Heiltsuk; the land; the water; the clima...
  • Pamela
    Here's a book with a great cover. The title fits the image and perks my interest, then we get to the sub-title...Sasquatch? Well, why not. My personal belief is much like aliens visiting Earth, so not likely. We would know if any of this was real, the cover-up is too much. I don't like conspiracy theories too much either. Anyway, I thought the book might be a fun read.As I read the book it felt like we, reader and author, are sitting around a cam...
  • Chad Guarino
    I have mixed feelings on the 'Quatch. On one hand, I'm a natural skeptic, usually unable to accept the veracity of anything without seeing it. On the other, cryptozoology has always been a fringe interest of mine, and I'm somewhat willing to lay down my skepticism in light of a good and convincing story. John Zada spends his time in the Noble Beyond collecting these stories in an attempt to both find answers to the previously unanswerable and to ...