- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Caitlin (Nov. 30 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1894759540
- ISBN-13: 978-1894759540
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 18.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #519,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lillian Alling: The Journey Home Paperback – Nov 30 2011
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About the Author
Susan Smith-Josephy is a writer, researcher and genealogist. She trained as a journalist at Langara College and has worked for a number of small-town newspapers in BC. She has a degree in history from SFU, and is passionate about BC history. She lives in Quesnel, British Columbia. 'Lillian Alling: The Journey Home' is her first book.
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Apparently, there have been other stories written and book published covering Lillian Alling's long journey home. I have read none of them but at least some are quoted in Susan Smith-Josephy's Monograph. This author has done extensive research all along the way this lonely hiker took in order to put it to paper. This recount is based extensively on factual events remembered by people, found in archives and articles as well as a few photographs of the woman herself and other people she met along the way. The story is also interspersed with explanations about the locations she passed through as well as some important houses she stayed in and/or visited, plus the odd individual person she met or event happening while she was in the vicinity or that was relevant to her story in some way.
Lillian Alling herself appears to be something of an enigma as nobody could really say for sure where in Europe she came from or how she ended up in New York State in the first place. All that is known for sure is that she set out to walk from Rochester NY to Siberia and that she did do just that. Her journey took three years from one end to the other and the latter half of her hike appears to be much better documented than the first part. Word of the lone woman walking all the way across Canada appeared to precede her, no doubt. Some people called her crazy, some people wanted her to fail but she proved them all wrong. Well Done, Lillian Alling! And well done, Susan Smith-Josephy for telling the story of this remarkable woman in history.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
It was very boring and didn’t learn much Would have liked to know more of her background
No one knows where Lillian Alling came from; no one knows whether she reached her destination.
In fact, there was much about this will-o-wisp of a woman that the author could not determine; yet in spite of her protagonist's mysterious story, Susan Smith Josephy wrote a book that keeps the reader's attention fully focused on Lillian Alling's strange journey all the way to the end of the book.
Susan has done an excellent job of research; and she has put together a good story, answering every question the reader might ask and leaving no loose ends.
Her B.C. Studies book review called this book "thoughtful," and it is.