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From the days before the arrival of the Europeans in North America, when the original inhabitants of our country made their way across a small land bridge, to today's arrival in supersonic jets, there is one sight that is shared by all new Canadians - the country's dramatic coastline.
In this eclectic history of the sea's elemental power over Canada's coastal peoples, Lesley Choyce brings to life the heroes and villains, the Aboriginals and the Europeans, the great and the humble, and the intrepid but ill-prepared explorers, who "discovered," travelled through, and inhabited Canada's east, west, and north coasts. Brimming with shipwrecks and rescues, roguery and virtue, and stories of overcoming unimaginable odds,
The Coasts of Canada is both idiosyncratic and iconoclastic. At once a book of discoveries and a record of misunderstandings, errors and misjudgements, it features the stories of hardy souls who persevere in difficult realms. It is also a plea to preserve the good things of the sea, the coastal communities, and the fragile environment that constitutes three borders of this country.
About the Author
Lesley Choyce was born in New Jersey in 1951, moved to Canada in 1978 and became a Canadian citizen. He teaches part-time at Dalhousie University, runs Pottersfield Press and has written over 40 adult and young adult books. His YA novels concern things like skateboarding, surfing, racism, environmental issues, organ transplants, and rock bands.
Lesley surfs year round in the North Atlantic and is considered the father of transcendental wood-splitting. He's worked as a rehab counsellor, a freight hauler, a corn farmer, a janitor, a journalist, a lead guitarist, a newspaper boy and a well-digger. He also hosts a nationally syndicated TV talk show in Halifax.
He lives in a 200 year old farm house on Lawrencetown Beach overlooking the ocean.
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- Hardcover: 308 pages
- Publisher: Goose Lane Editions (November 27, 2002)
- ISBN-10: 0864923600
- ISBN-13: 978-0864923608
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