NON FICTION BOOK REVIEW
Title: Going Inside; Alan S. Kesselheim; Publisher: McClelland
& Stewart.; ISBN: 0-7710-4450-X; Hardcover, 282 pages,, $28.99
Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "Between the covers of "Going Inside"
we are treated to an over-the-shoulder view of their experience
that is vivified by Kesselheim's words, Zitzer's photographs and
bound-up by their determination and humor."
Tale of modern day North Canadian adventure thrills
"Life's too short to dance with ugly women." That was the politically
incorrect legend on the tee-shirt of the metis who served them
bannock and moose stew on the banks of the Peace River, but as
the author and his wife had already discovered; life is too short for
a lot of things.
With their marriage on thin ice, Alan Kesselheim and his wife Marypat
Zitzer had decided on one last great wilderness adventure, to test
their relationship, friendship and marriage.
Their plan was to launch a canoe on the Smokey River at the town of
Grande Cache in Northern Alberta, join the mighty Peace River
eastbound, and by autumn reach a winter-over at a fish camp near
Fond du Lac at the eastern end of Saskatchewan's Lake Athabasca.
In the spring they were to continue to a terminus at Baker Lake on
Hudson Bay in the Northwest Territory.
The North is a land of extremes, and the couple encountered all of
the complications of northern travel. Mosquitoes and black flies were
commonplace, as were howling winds and bitter cold, and through it
all the continual tension brought about by the frustration at their
marriage-long inability to have a child. This changed with the onset of
winter and the discovery of Marypat's pregnancy, and with it, a
determination to complete the journey as planned.
Up there people treat each other differently than those "outside." I've
experienced it, and Alan Kesselheim has the ability to put it into words
better than most. He has an eye and an ear for the subtleties and
incongruities of those relationships, and an appreciation of the contrasts
that epitomize life in the north. His word portrait of RCMP Constable Brian
Van Stone is startlingly accurate.
The author is well qualified to spellbind us. He has done it in earlier
books: Water and Sky; and Reflections of a Northern Year. He works
as an outdoor educator and expedition leader, lectures on the northern
wilderness, and writes regularly for a number of outdoor magazines.
Between the covers of "Going Inside" we are treated to an
over-the-shoulder view of their experience that is vivified by
Kesselheim's words, Zitzer's photographs and bound-up by their
determination and humor.
Get a comfortable chair, a big cup of coffee, and immerse yourself
in their tale of a daring 3,500 kilometer accomplishment that will
have you unwilling to stop long enough to let the dog out.
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