The Curve of time: 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – May 1 2011
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"Our world then was both wide and narrow-wide in the immensity of sea and mountain; narrow in that the boat was very small, and we lived and camped, explored and swam in a little realm of our own making."-- M. Wylie Blanchet
The Curve of Time features stories from the summer adventures of M. Wylie Blanchet and her family. This accomplished sea woman and her five children braved the gulfs, straits, and fjords that separate Vancouver Island from mainland British Columbia, Canada, during the 1920s and 1930s on their 25-foot cruiser, Caprice. From searching for the elusive sea horse to following Orca whales through rapids created by swiftly changing tides, Blanchet describes a time so recent, and yet so very far away. This book is playful and exciting, a trip that unites the reader with a family of adventurers that is one of a kind. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
This sweet volume is Blanchet's recounting of summers spent sailing around Vancouver Island with her children in a 25-foot-long boat. Their adventures include close encounters with a cougar and killer whales, looking for seahorses and discovering Native American artifacts. But the book lacks a context. A short introduction by a friend indicates that the book was first published in Canada 30 years ago, that the author died six months later while working on a sequel, and that some new material has been incorporated into the present edition. The ages of her children are never given, nor are the sections in the book dated. Those unfamiliar with the region may be just as disoriented, since the distances covered are rarely given. Once it becomes obvious that such clues are not forthcoming, the book itself is readable and enjoyable, especially its descriptions of the wildlife encountered on these journeys. With a little more care, however, this could have had meaning for more than just a small circle of Blanchet's friends. (Apr.) *CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
A well written classic well worth re-visiting.
Ulla Jacobs- author Hidden Laws.
Not only are the stories of her travels with her children on her late husband's boat interesting, but her writing and her perspective for the times are as fresh and current as if written just recently.
I have gifted this book many times. It was gifted to me. This is a volume which sticks with you from the day you read it. When you gift it, you need to go back and read all or part again, just to take you back.
As a woman filled with wanderlust and independence, Muriel Wylie Blanchet is one of my heros.
I recommend this book highly to anyone who not only loves the outdoors, the waters of Vancouver and BC, but to any person who loves the spirit of adventure based on real life experience--not a made for TV event.
Most recent customer reviews
Such an inspiring, beautiful story - it actually inspired us to move to the BC Coast, buy a sailboat and visit many of the places the author wrote about.Published 28 days ago by Jeffrey J
Quite delightful, particularly if you are a sailor. What a splendid way to spend the summer. Still possible I hope.Published 2 months ago
Excellent glimpse of life in the early 1900's along the West coast of B.C.Published 2 months ago by SJW
This is a good read, especially if you live or visit the desolation sound area. Well written, and highly recommended to have a copy laying around for guests.Published 7 months ago by ally
I have been on the coast most of my life and never heard about this book till recently. Now that i have read it, I hear people mention it almost daily.Published 23 months ago by Mr. Garrie Fleet
The book is an old favourite but I've gone through several copies as they never seems to make their way home again when loaned out. Read morePublished 24 months ago by alice
Lovely story of a woman's incredible raising of her children. Should be a guide to all of us in life.Published on Feb. 20 2013 by John