Thursday, September 3, 2009

Book Review: Beyond Road's End

Beyond Road's End: An Alaskan Journey Beyond Road's End: An Alaskan Journey by Janice Schofield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I honestly wasn't too thrilled about it. I signed up for it because the description sounded a little interesting, and I figured "why not?" Were it not for Goodreads, I never would've glanced at this book twice.

That said, I was surprised. It actually held my interest - and the latter half I just kept wanting to read, find out how it all ended. The last part covers the Exxon Valdez oil spill - which I remember vaguely from my childhood. Reading a local's account is heart-wrenching! That whole situation saddens me to this day, and now it will more than ever before.

I now find myself much more interested in actually visiting Alaska. While I'm not one for cold, I now think I'd like to see it first-hand. I suppose I could go during the summer months. Anyway, this book made me actually want to see Alaska - whereas before I just thought it'd be neat to see.

All of that said, I must say that the characters are a bit - how shall I say it - eccentric. There's talk of listening to voices and spirit forces and whatnot. Being as this is a memoir, I have to take it at face value. It's not something I'd do - or care to do - my life, but to each their own.

I actually wanted to give this book 3.5 stars, but that's not an option - so, four it is. It was an enjoyable read. Anyone even remotely curious about Alaska likely would enjoy it.

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