Dec 31, 2010

The Sea Runners, by Ivan Doig

Once again, I am blown away by what an amazing writer Doig is. In this novel about four Swedes escaping indentured employment by the Russians on Sitka, Alaska in the mid-19th century, the main character is really the landscape, and it is described with the same love and awe as a man would describe a lover with whom is he infatuated, and not a little afraid. The sea and coastline are palpable and changeable as people are themselves. The four men we are traveling with, as well, are solid and tangible; their personalities are constant and clear. This is my third Ivan Doig book, and I remain duly impressed, and look forward to reading more of his work in the future.

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