Kings of the Yukon: A River Journey in Search of the Chinook by Adam Weymouth (37)

This is a great book about another destination that I may try to trudge to in my life time. The land is rugged and so quaint.  I just loves places that call out to me.  And this one does.

There is something about reading travel books in the summer. Don’t you just love it?  You can plan the rest of your year and the next few perhaps planning some really unique and unforgettable trips.

Adam Weymouth is a stunning new voice in nature writing.  He makes an epic journey along the Yukon River to give us the stories of its people and its protagonist who is the kind salmon, and the Chinook.

The Yukon River is 3,190 kilometers long, flowing northwest from British Columbia through the Yukon Territory and Alaska to the Bering Sea.  Every summer millions of salmon migrate the distance of this river to their spawning ground, where they go to breed and then die.

The Chinook is the most highly prized among the five species of Pacific salmon for its large size and rich, healthy oils.  It has long formed the lifeblood of the economy and culture along the Yukon.  There are very few communities that have been so reliant on a single creature.

Now, as the region contends with the effects of a globalized economy, climate change, fishing quotas and the general drift towards urban life, the health and numbers of the Chinook are in question, as is the fate of the communities that depend on them.

Travelling in a canoe along the Yukon River with the migrating Salmon, Adam Weymouth traces the profound interconnectedness of the people and the Chinook through searing portraits of the individuals he encounters.

He offers the reader a powerful, nuanced glimpse into the erosion of Indigenous culture, and into one every-complicated relationship with the natural world. Weaving in the history of the salmon and their mysterious life cycle, Weymouth makes this book both an extraordinary adventure and a thrilling addition to the best nature writing.

I loved his writing!  It is so intense, and there were times that I was transported onto his canoe with him. I could vividly sense where he was and what he was encountering.  This is a mark of a GREAT writer!




About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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