To the Bright Edge of the World



Set In The Alaskan Landscape That She Brought To Stunningly Vivid Life In THE SNOW CHILD A Sunday Times Bestseller, Richard And Judy Pick And Finalist For The Pulitzer Prize , Eowyn Ivey S TO THE BRIGHT EDGE OF THE WORLD Is A Breathtaking Story Of Discovery Set At The End Of The Nineteenth Century, Sure To Appeal To Fans Of A PLACE CALLED WINTER NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2017 A Clever, Ambitious NovelThe Sunday TimesPersuasive And Vivid Breathtaking GuardianWinter 1885 Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester Accepts The Mission Of A Lifetime, To Navigate Alaska S Wolverine River It Is A Journey That Promises To Open Up A Land Shrouded In Mystery, But There S No Telling What Awaits Allen And His Small Band Of Men.Allen Leaves Behind His Young Wife, Sophie, Newly Pregnant With The Child He Had Never Expected To Have Sophie Would Have Loved Nothing Than To Carve A Path Through The Wilderness Alongside Allen What She Does Not Anticipate Is That Their Year Apart Will Demand Every Ounce Of Courage Of Her That It Does Of Her Husband.To the Bright Edge of the World

Eowyn Ivey s first novel, The Snow Child, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and an international bestseller Her newest novel To the Bright Edge of the World will be released August 2, 2016 Eowyn was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters Learn

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  • Paperback
  • 496 pages
  • To the Bright Edge of the World
  • Eowyn Ivey
  • 20 March 2018
  • 9781472208620

10 thoughts on “To the Bright Edge of the World

  1. says:

    I wanted to read this book because The Snow Child is such a beautifully told story and Ivey s writing is so captivating Although this one is a very different kind of story, it is gripping and beautiful as well and told in a unique way It s a different kind of narrative consisting of journal entries, drawings, photos, diary entries, descriptions of artifacts, newspaper articles, official army reports and my favorite selections, the beautiful love letters Ivey does a masterful job of blending these pieces to create a story of adventure, of history, of love, of native tribes of the Wolverine, of spirits, of the uncharted place that was Alaska in 1885 Mainly it is told through the journal of Lieut Col Allen Forrester in which he details the long and arduous journey along the Wolverine River to Alaska while on a reconnaissance mission , alternating with his wife Sophie s diary as she waits for his return All of this is contained within a current day story of a descendant of Forrester, depicted in correspondence with a young man in Alaska who curates a museum of Alaska s history It s not as confusing as it sounds The descriptions of the landscape and natural surroundings take you there The vivid details of the trek, t...

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    I ve finished the pages, closed my kindle, and yet, I still feel held in this otherworldly moment, unwilling to rejoin this world that is my real life Even that seems untrue, because this story feels so real, it s hard to believe that any part of this is fictional, not real Eowyn Ivey s novel, To the Bright Edge of the World is lovely, the prose is gorgeous, and the varying points of view made this all the compelling Walter, Walt, Forrester wants to find a home for the boxes of letters and journals and various artifacts which relate to an expedition made by his great Uncle in 1885 through Alaska as a Lieutenant Colonel As a boy Walter had read these letters and journals, and again at other points in his life He has always found them fascinating, and they are very dear to him Now in his 70s, he feels they should find a place where they can safely be admired by others Walter finds a small museum which sits near the river Lt Col Allen Forrester had travelled by in Alpine, Alaska When Joshua Sloan, curator of the museum, first receives the boxes of letters, journals, photographs, newspaper clippings, with to come...

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    This is an enthralling and atmospheric historical novel set in late nineteenth century Alaska The narrative takes the form of interwoven articles, photographs, journals, diary, letters etc. There are three different storylines Recently married Colonel Allen Forrester is entrusted to map the impassable Wolverine River in Alaska and document information on the various native Indian tribes His journal gives an insight into this harrowing and pioneering expedition, including their experience of folklore, magical realism and shamanism His strong and independent wife, Sophie, finds herself having to remain in the barracks upon discovering that she is pregnant Her diary entries tell of her life whilst Allen is away Walt, a relative of Colonel Allen Forrester, sends a box of Allen s journals with other items, to document this vital history of Alaska to Joshua Sloan, a museum curator Allen is accompanied by the colourful Sergeant Tillman, the moody and troubled Lieutenant Pruitt and by the invaluable and helpful trapper, Samuelson They are to experience many desperate privations that include extreme hunger, the biting cold, and loss of much needed supplies They encounter differing attitudes from the various Indian tribes, but would not be alive if they had not received vital help from them They continually encounter the disturbing, unnerving and contrary old Eyak man They encounter the ...

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    I didn t expect to like this book as much as I did because the premise makes it seem like it s going to be slow and tedious but wow I was so drawn into the story when I actually started reading it The writing was fantastic and I enjoyed all the characters Sophie was particularly enjoyable for me I love how the myths and culture of the natives was weaved into the story line, and I always enjoy books with magic realism in them usually Also th...

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    How is it that we tell a story The best of them are true extensions of the human spirit relayed through journals, diaries, letters, photos, and the like It s the hand that grips us tightly and takes us deeply into the experiential catacombs of another.Oh, Eowyn Ivey does it so well as she did with such finesse in The Snow Child before this To make us, the readers, feel with this finite acuity is a gift If you take away anything from this novel, just read the letter from Lieutenant Colonel Forrester to his wife, Sophie, that begins on Page 376.To The Bright Edge of the World is an amazing journey told through the perspectives of Lieutenant Colonel Forrester, Sophie Forrester, and two gentlemen, present day, who are organizing the journals and field diaries of the Forresters Forrester and his men begin a grueling expedition in the winter of 1885 along the Wolverine River and into the Alaskan Territory They encounter the cruelties of the rugged terrain around every corner..and they are ill prepared for what lies ahead of them They come across the painfully real and, perhaps, the questionably imagined.The indigenous tribes play a remarkable role throughout the story Their presence dips into the inkwell of such thoughts, words, and acti...

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    Ivashov and his men were sleeping in their sleds when, at a prearranged sign, the Midnooskies crushed each of the men s skulls with axes At first glance this is a story that I shouldn t like it s essentially an account of an expedition into the frozen wilds of Alaska, expressed in the form of diaries and historical documents.Sounds boring, right Wronggg This is in fact an epic tale of love, nature, historical adventure and North American mythology that had me absorbed from start to finish.It s 1885 Dutiful and capable Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester leads a reconnaissance mission into Alaska, up the Wolverine River, to gauge whether the natives of the territory would be hostile or not.At the same time, his pregnant wife, Sophie Forrester, is confined to Vancouver Barracks.Optimistic, ladylike and resolute think Charlotte Bront , she keeps a journal of her daily life, as does her hubby Sophie s snug life of self discovery and afternoon teas forms the perfect contrast to her husband s grim and perilous odyssey.With the words of his blood guts father, General James Forrester, ringing in his ears that his preference for topographical engineering is for sissies Allen has nevertheless previously shown his mettle in the heat of battle.Ivey s prose is precise and evocative, rather than poetic and descriptive It is this v...

  7. says:

    When Colonel Forrester leaves from the army barracks in Vancouver, he is charged with exploring the Wolverine River in the newly acquired territory of Alaska He leaves behind his wife, Sophie As he blazes a trail in the wilderness, filled with tribes of different Indians, horrific snowstorms, lack of food, loss of supplies and many surreal and some dangerous happenings, his wife is blazing her own trail After suffering a personal tragedy, Sophie, bored with gossip and teas with the other army wives, takes up photography A love of nature, birds, being outdoors will bring the condemnation of the other women especially after she turns her pantry into a darkroom.Told in letters, journal entries, photos, drawings and newspaper articles this is a superb adventure story There are also dual timelines as in the present an ancestor of the Forrester, now in his seventies sends all the paper items he has to a small museum in Nome, Alaska I appreciated this part because it showed how these beginning trailblazers changed so much in how Alaska progressed and not necessarily all for the better There is also a raven threaded throughout it is a very important and mysterious part of the story.Although completely different in many ways from her first novel,...

  8. says:

    Eowyn Ivey is one of those rare authors whose talent shines brightly when they are capturing small, quiet moments, as well as dramatic occurrences Her first book, The Snow Child , was an absolute wonder, and it made my list of the best books I read in 2012 In her new book, To the Bright Edge of the World , Ivey returns to her beloved Alaska and dazzles once again.One of the things that s so remarkable about Ivey s talent is that this book is so tremendously compelling despite the fact that the two main characters are almost never together.In 1885, Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester has agreed to take on a challenging and potentially dangerous mission, to lead a small group of men up the Wolverine River and into the Alaska Territory They re not really sure to what to expect from this expedition, but Allen is determined to find answers as to what and whom awaits them He leaves behind his young pregnant wife, Sophie, who had hoped to travel with Allen at least part of the way, until she found out she was expecting.Being stuck in the Vancouver barracks is not the type of life Sophie had in mind Her passion for nature and wildlife, birds in particular, is out of step with most women of her time, particularly ...

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    I once thought to kill myself so that I would no longer wander through a fog such as this How could it be any greater crime than that which I have already faced, committed, failed to undo Yet I am a coward I had included To the Bright Edge of the World on my list, long before I know of Ivey s The Snow Child a book that touched me deeply My interest was picked for two reasons First, I have a deep love for the region of Alaska, and second, the book synopsis brought to my mind a beautiful film called The Snow Walker with the brilliant Barry Pepper In the film, a Canadian pilot is stranded in the arctic tundra, in Canada s Northwest region and comes to terms with the true meanings of life through the eyes of a young Innuit woman If you haven t seen the film, please do You ll thank me later Now, there are so many things to love in this book Ivey s writing shines through beautiful sentences and well composed dialogue and inner monologues She ties the worlds of the past and the present by using elements of myth and folklore of the indigenous people of Alaska and, at the same time, she presents the first steps of the art of Photography to describe the beginning of a new era and the newly found life of our heroine, Sophie When expectation fails to ruins, what is there left for love I have an immense admirat...

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    Note rereading for my library s book club It was chosen at my recommendation so I am hoping they will love it as much as I did I fell totally head over heels in love with this book Through NetGalley, I ve been fortunate enough to read several books being published this year with advanced reader s copies and this is by far one of the finest many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity Now the question is how to do this gem justice in my review How to describe the pleasure this book has given me Those who know me well know I have a fascination and love for Alaska, having recently returned from our second trip there in ten years I still have northern lights in my eyes and dream of mountain vistas Shortly after our trip, I read an account of John Muir s explorations in Alaska Alaska Days with John Muir written by his friend and traveling companion, Samuel Hall Young, which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend for those interested in the early exploration of Alaska.For a fictionalized account along the same lines, I highly recommend Eowyn Ivey s new book, To The Bright Edge of the World It is first and foremost historical fiction and adventure, a...

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