The Curve of Time

The Curve of Time

Book - 2011 | 50th anniversary edition, Fourth Canadian edition.
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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 50th anniversary edition of this coastal British Columbia classic, now in beautifully illustrated hardcover, will make a timeless keepsake. This is a biography and astonishing adventure story of a woman who, left a widow in 1927, packed her five children onto a 25-foot boat and cruised the coastal waters of British Columbia, summer after summer. Muriel Wylie Blanchet acted single-handedly as skipper, navigator, engineer and, of course, mother, as she saw her crew through encounters with tides, fog, storms, rapids, cougars and bears. She sharpened in her children a special interest in Haida culture and in nature itself.

In this book, she left us with a sensitive and compelling account of their journeys.

Publisher: North Vancouver, B.C. : Whitecap Books, [2011]
Edition: 50th anniversary edition, Fourth Canadian edition.
Copyright Date: ©1968
ISBN: 9781770500372
Branch Call Number: 917.11043 Bla 2011
Characteristics: xvi, 271 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm


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Apr 23, 2017

This is a beautiful book.
Gripping, hilarious, touching, and real.
If you love the BC coast
or life on the water
or family adventure
you will love this story.

Apr 22, 2017

I've just finished this book and thoroughly enjoyed it! Even though I was not familiar with a lot of the nautical terms and navigation, I was absorbed by this story. The author was a remarkable woman and raised her children as a single parent after her husband's death. She made their life full of magic and adventure, never shied away from a challenge, and gave her children, who were also her crew, an extraordinary life and knowledge of nature and the ocean. Most enjoyable read, highly recommend it.

Jan 13, 2015

Such a brave and resourceful woman! In the 1930's a widow with a bunch of kids, takes sail each year on voyages of discovery along the west coast of Canada. She is well aware that what they are seeing and enjoying is changing and will never be quite the same again, which lends a certain nostalgia to the writing. A classic.

Dec 29, 2014

Came across this book at a campground in Slave Lake this summer, of all places. Having lived on the coast for a number of years and visited Skookumchuk Narrows about 20 years ago, I was brought back to the vividness of the coastal landscape. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, consulting Google maps to see where "Capi" had sailed with her children. A fascinating read, given the time it was written and by an adventuresome widow with 5 children to boot! I especially enjoyed her description at the end of their beloved house and land at Curteis Point. I too marveled at her determination, courage, and inventiveness. She made the most of what must have been a very challenging situation. Makes me want to go sailing next summer!

Dec 27, 2014

One of the very best books about the BC coast that you can ever read! Highly recommended.
Just re-read it again after sailing in the Broughton Archipeligo. Saw many places Ms. Blanchet wrote about, And a marvelled at her determination, courage and inventiveness.

Jun 06, 2012

What an adventurer this woman was! It is a great treatment of the West Coast and makes me want to go with her. I wonder if her children knew how lucky they were?

Jan 28, 2012

This is a must read for any one living on Vancouver Island. The many discriptions of places around the discovery islands - some still there and many long gone - is unsurpassable by any other book available on the topic.

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