Coppermine (Summary) author Keith Ross Leckie


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Ies disappear in the remote Arctic region known as the Coppermine North West Mounted Police officer Jack Creed and Angituk a young Copper Inuit interpreter are sent on a year long odyssey to investigate the fate of the lost priests On. I really liked this book for about 90% of it The parts where we were being taken through the wilds of northern Canada was beautifully written and stunning in the detail I especially liked that I finally got to make use of all of that Canadian history I had to learn in order to teach SS 10 this year I didn t even have to look up who Samuel Hearne was thanks to that course I especially appreciated the understated style of description Leckie uses I goes he is primarily a script writer and that was evident in his writing style His dialogue carried much of the action and even when we were in the wilderness with very little dialogue happening he had a skill for giving us just the right description His style spoke to my love of minimalist writing I also really enjoyed the fact that this book gave me a glimpse into an area of Canada I know little about The only draw back came when the narrative shifted to the court rooms and to the big city I found I was not as keenly aware of the setting at this point as I was when they were up north Leckie s skill with creating a vibrant scene with just the right description seemed to flag at this point and I found I wanted him to give me a little context of where we were This however was a relatively minor complaint and I really enjoyed this beautifully crafted book Marriage by Deception year long odyssey to investigate the fate of the lost priests On. I really liked this book for about 90% of it The parts where we were being taken through the wilds of northern Canada was beautifully written and stunning in the detail I especially liked that I finally got to make use of all of that Canadian history I had to learn in order to teach SS 10 this A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House year I didn t even have to look up who Samuel Hearne was thanks to that course I especially appreciated the understated style of description Leckie uses I goes he is primarily a script writer and that was evident in his writing style His dialogue carried much of the action and even when we were in the wilderness with very little dialogue happening he had a skill for giving us just the right description His style spoke to my love of minimalist writing I also really enjoyed the fact that this book gave me a glimpse into an area of Canada I know little about The only draw back came when the narrative shifted to the court rooms and to the big city I found I was not as keenly aware of the setting at this point as I was when they were up north Leckie s skill with creating a vibrant scene with just the right description seemed to flag at this point and I found I wanted him to give me a little context of where we were This however was a relatively minor complaint and I really enjoyed this beautifully crafted book

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The shores of the Arctic Ocean near the mouth of the Coppermine River they discover their dismembered remains Two Inuit hunters are tracked and apprehended and the four begin an arduous journey to Edmonton to bring the accused to justi. Historical fiction Well done

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Part epic adventure part romance and part true crime thriller Coppermine is a dramatic compelling character driven story set in 1917 in the extremes of Canada's far north and the boom town of EdmontonThe story begins when two missionar. This book is a winner from beginning to end Leckie has written a gripping story set in real history that sweeps us from the relative civilization of Edmonton to the shores of the Arctic Ocean at Coppermine during the time of World War One Leckie bases his story on the murder trial of Sinnisiak and Uluksuk in 1917 the first jury system trial of Inuit in Canada The hero Jack Creed is seen first bringing back the bodies of his fellow North West Mounted Police officers murdered by a crazed trapper turned cannibal Seeing his obvious skill in the wild he is commissioned to discover what has happened to two Catholic priests who set off to Christianize the Eskimos but have not been heard from for two years Creed takes Angituk McAndrew a young Copper Inuit interpreter on a year long odyssey to find out the fate of the priests They discover their murdered remains on the banks of the Coppermine River then journey to the Inuit camp at the mouth of river on the Arctic Ocean Creed apprehends two Inuit hunters who readilly confess to the murders The journey to the Arctic one of the first encounters these stone age Eskimos have had with white men and back with the prisoners is an epic Canadian tale of survival in the wilds battling hunger and cold Leckie weaves through the story fascinating details of authentic Inuit beliefs and practices that leave us with a deep sense of sympathy for these people at the same time as we feel revulsion for the barbarism of the world war Creed carries dark memories of his involvement in this war The love of Creed for a halfbreed young woman complicates his commitment to duty and gives to the story a warm human touch Leckie contrasts the nobility adaptability and peacefulness of the Inuit with the hypocritical superficial but technically advanced white civilization In a sense he is returning to the discredited anthropological view that spawned the noble savage view of primitive people In this regard he is a little over the topbut engenders a real sense of sadness for the way we the Anglo saxons treated the indigenous peoples This is one of the best books I ve read in uite a while a book which combines authentic history with great writing and a strong plot that moves to an explosive climax


10 thoughts on “Coppermine

  1. says:

    One of the best books of the year Really a fantastic read

  2. says:

    This book is a winner from beginning to end Leckie has written a gripping story set in real history that sweeps us from the relative civilization of Edmonton to the shores of the Arctic Ocean at Coppermine during the time o

  3. says:

    A fictionalised account of a seminal event in Canadian history Fantastically well written it's a book you don't want to put down but read it straight through This is one of those books where I would love to meet the author and talk a

  4. says:

    I wasn't at all interested in reading Leckie's book which I know realize was silly as I love reading about the North in books such as Elizabeth

  5. says:

    I really liked this book for about 90% of it The parts where we were being taken through the wilds of northern Canada was beautifully written and stunning in the detail I especially liked that I finally got to make use of all of that Canadian history I had to learn in order to teach SS 10 this year I didn't even have to look up who

  6. says:

    In 1913 North West Mounted Police officer Jack Creed along with an Eskimo interpreter journey to the Coppermine Ri

  7. says:

    What a good story So satisfying It had all of the right elements based on historical facts so I learned a lot suspenseful fu

  8. says:

    Historical fiction Well done

  9. says:

    Thanks for the recommendation Tara I have a fascination with the far north and really enjoyed this read

  10. says:

    Keith Leckie's Coppermine is based on historical records of the murder of two Catholic Priests who were killed while trying to convert the Coppermine Inuit of the far north in the early 1900s and the subseuent cap

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