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To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel (édition 2017)

par Eowyn Ivey (Auteur)

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In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads an exploratory expedition up the Wolverine River and into the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return. As they map the territory and gather information on native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his team can't escape the sense that some great, mysterious force threatens their lives. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions of a pregnant woman on her own, and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She, too, explores nature, through the new art of photography, unaware that the coming winter will test her own courage and faith to the breaking point. --… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel
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To the Bright Edge of the World par Eowyn Ivey

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    La fille de l'hiver par Eowyn Ivey (pamelahuffman)
    pamelahuffman: By the same author. Also set in Alaska. Also has some magical realism which is presented as more real than magic. Thoroughly enjoyed both.
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    pamelahuffman: In both books there are people in the present trying to make sense of journals and artifacts from the past. Loved both books.
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    pamelahuffman: Narrative is split between male and female protagonists in both stories. Males are out in the world while women struggle on the home front. Loved both.
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Faerie Magazine Interview Summer 2014
Q: What are you working on now?

A: I'm almost done with a draft of my next novel, Shadows on the Wolverine (that is the original title it was changed to To the Bright Edge of the World). Like The Snow Child, it takes place in Alaska. It is even set on the same imaginary river I created in The Snow Child - the Wolverine River. But I am going back in time to an 1885 military expedition into the heart of Alaska. As men venture farther into the country, they begin to encounter fantastical creatures and spirits. I am writing the story entirely through the diaries of the colonel leading the expedition, letters from his wife Sophie, newspaper articles, reports, and other documents.

https://eowynivey.com/category/the-writing-life/
  Seayla2020 | Jan 1, 2021 |
This was great. I read The Snow Child several years ago, and I have now really enjoyed both of Eowyn Ivey's books.

Allan Forrester is leading a three-man US-government-organized expedition into the wilds of the Alaska Territory, traveling upstream along the Wolverine River. As the men travel, they push through the difficult landscape that had stymied earlier attempts at traversing the region and move into a part of the country where myth and reality seem to blur--where tribes famed for their cannibalism roam, and where the boundary between human and non-human begins to muddy. Back at the ranch, Allan's wife, Sophie, is the most alone she has ever been; but as the months pass, she also begins to have a story of transformation.

As I said, I really enjoyed this book. At the beginning, I was really unsure of what I would think of the epistolary/mixed-media format, but I ultimately found it really interesting. I really appreciated how all of the characters in the novel, really, had meaningful arcs, from Allan and Sophie to numerous smaller characters. ( )
  forsanolim | Dec 19, 2020 |
Audiobook narrated by John Glouchevitch, Christine Lakin, & Kiff VandenHeuve.
4.5****

The novel has two stories of exploration and adventure. In 1885, Col Allen Forrester leads an expedition to explore the Wolverine River in Alaska, a trek that has been deemed impossible. His wife, Sophie, remains at Vancouver Barracks, Washington, where she explores the wonders of nature, birds in particular, through her growing expertise in photography.

This is a marvelous adventure story, and an engaging look at personal growth. Both these lead characters experience heartache and difficulties and yet both persevere in reaching their goals despite obstacles, naysayers, and setbacks.

I loved the use of diary entries and letters to tell this bifurcated story. Allen is a strong leader, compassionate but demanding, taking care of his men as best as circumstances and supplies allow, giving clear orders, delegating authority, taking his share of the burden, championing the cause, and always, holding dear to his heart his beloved wife.

Sophie is equally marvelous and tenacious as she pursues an unusual outlet for her intelligence, creativity and curiosity. If the doctor will not lend her a book to further her understanding and knowledge, she’ll steal borrow it! Rather than ask politely, or even forcefully, for help in creating a dark room, she sets out to do it herself.

The book is full of Native Alaskan people’s culture, traditions, and stories. There are several very strong Native characters. I love magical realism and Ivey seamlessly weaves these elements into her story. I particularly like the woman, Nat’aaggi, and her trusty dog, Boyo. She’s cautious, self-reliant, determined, loyal to the group and yet fiercely independent. I loved the scene where Forrester stood up against native tradition and insisted that she ride along his men as a member of his party rather than walk behind as other native women were doing. Her growing relationship with the men was beautifully played out, as each learned to trust and rely upon the other, and their mutual respect blossomed.

The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by three talented voice artists: John Glouchevitch, Christine Lakin and Kiff VandenHeuve. Ms Lakin obviously narrates all of Sophies letters and diary entries. I’m not certain which man narrates which of the other sections, but all do a marvelous job.

I was happy that I also had a text version of the book handy, for it contains maps, drawings and photographs that supplement Ivey’s wonderful prose. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jun 30, 2020 |
3.75 stars. While not as amazing as Ivey's debut novel THE SNOW CHILD, this novel plays with a variety of narrators and storylines, moving mostly effortlessly between stories and centuries. And now I would like to see Alaska. ( )
  ChristopherSwann | May 15, 2020 |
Terrific. Great ... you can hear the sounds and see the sights of Alaska throughout the story. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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You have an eye for the extraordinary, Sophie. It makes me wish all the more that you could have seen Alaska, only without our hardships, for I believe you would have spied something beyond what my poor senses could fathom. I found myself inadequate in the face of it. Only now, as I leave these shores behind, do I begin to try to comprehend: gray rivers that roar down from the glaciers, mountains & spruce valleys as far as the eye can see. It is a grand, inscrutable wildness. Never are the people here allowed to forget that each of us is alive only by a small thread.
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In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads an exploratory expedition up the Wolverine River and into the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return. As they map the territory and gather information on native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his team can't escape the sense that some great, mysterious force threatens their lives. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions of a pregnant woman on her own, and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She, too, explores nature, through the new art of photography, unaware that the coming winter will test her own courage and faith to the breaking point. --

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