Northwest Territories

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Northwest Territories

aug 18, 2009, 10:54 am

This is a thread for listing and discussing books with a Northwest Territories setting.

aug 18, 2009, 9:55 pm

I recommend Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay. She does a good job of capturing the feeling of the North.

aug 18, 2009, 11:11 pm

A gruesome historical thriller, The Terror makes a great, chilly beach read.

Redigeret: sep 21, 2010, 5:29 pm

Ok, by the Mowat book map that was in once of his books I can see that:
Tundra and Coppermine Journey are set in the NWT.

Although they are on the NWT/Nunavut border (By my best estimation using his map) possibly Lost in the Barrens may be in NWT. It is however on the border, so hard to tell without reading them.

Redigeret: sep 21, 2010, 11:07 am

I am part way into People of the Deer and it falls under Nunavut. See the map below

View People of the Deer in a larger map

Interesting about Tundra and Coppermine Journey I think these are two of Mowat's books I have not come across yet. I will have to keep my eye out as I was not sure what I was going to do about NWT.

sep 21, 2010, 5:30 pm

Made the correction, thank you Fmgee! Will have to to in and change it in the Nunvut thread too :P

okt 28, 2010, 6:29 am

High Latitudes:An Arctic Journey by Farely Mowat takes place in both Nunavut and the NWT - as well as in the Yukon - but mainly in the first two. Since the book comes with a Map - it is easy to see where Farley Mowat's travels take place.

okt 28, 2010, 10:55 am

Interesting review, Deb!

okt 28, 2010, 10:42 pm

Thanks Nickelini. If only I had a dictionary so that I could spell. Well, I do, but I'll go back later and correct my errors.

okt 29, 2010, 2:29 am

Yes, good review. I gave it thumb #2.

feb 3, 2014, 9:52 pm

There's still a number of Farley Mowat books I haven't read, so I'm sure I'll pick one for both NWT and one for Nunavut.

jun 16, 2017, 11:40 pm

This one doesn't specify Northwest Territories, just Northern Canada, but I'm considering it Northwest Territories.

The River / Gary Paulsen
4 stars

In the first book, 13-year old Brian survived in the woods by himself for almost 2 months. A couple of years later, he is asked to go back to the woods, along with a psychologist, to show how he survived the first time so those skills can be taught to others. Unfortunately, things go wrong when they get out there, and Brian needs to save not only himself, but the psychologist, as well.

I really enjoyed this. Ok, not a realistic scenario, but the book was still entertaining. I listened to the audio, which was well done. I just wish it had been a little longer – it was over so fast! Despite being short, it is fast-paced (which maybe made it feel shorter, still!).

jun 17, 2017, 9:06 pm

>12 LibraryCin: I loved that book when I read it years ago.

jun 18, 2017, 1:04 am

>13 thornton37814: I also really enjoyed Hatchet! And I do plan to continue the series.

maj 11, 2019, 3:25 pm

Brian's Winter / Gary Paulsen
3.5 stars

In “Hatchet”, 13(?)-year old Brian is stranded in the Canadian North after a plane crash. What if winter had come and he was still there? This looks at Brian trying to survive the winter on his own.

I listened to the audio and enjoyed it. It looks like I rated the first two books 4 stars each, but on thinking back, I feel like “Hatchet” should have been 4 stars and “The River” probably 3.5, same as this one. In any case, it was interesting to see the kinds of things Brian had to do/learn in order to survive over the winter.

sep 27, 2020, 5:21 pm

The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp
4.5 stars

This was Van Camp's first novel written when he was just 19 and taking creative writing in Victoria. It is a coming-of-age novel about a Dogrib boy in high school with a tragic past. Although the setting is a fictional town Van Camp grew up in Fort Smith NWT and the book draws on his and his friends' experiences. Gritty and dark but realistic and in the end hopeful. It was published in 1996 but the edition I read was the 20th anniversary edition which included two of Van Camp's short stories that feature characters from the novel.

maj 16, 2021, 3:14 pm

Late Nights on Air / Elizabeth Hay
2 stars

This story revolves around people who work at a radio station in the mid-1970s in Yellowknife, NWT. Dido and Gina are fairly new to Yellowknife and the radio station. All the men seem to be attracted to Dido.

Wow, this was boring. There were a couple of mildly interesting things that happened – thee was debate on a new pipeline that a company wanted to put in and a woman disappeared in winter. But, overall, pretty slow and boring. And I didn’t see one likable thing about Dido, who seemed to just go back and forth between the men. In fact, I don’t think I really liked very many of the characters… maybe Gwen, but then I skimmed so much of the book in the end, so hard to say if she really was likable.

I’m not sure why I added it to the tbr… looking now, I see it was either nominated for or won the Giller Prize, which should have been a red flag waving me away, but if the story initially sounds interesting, I will still often try them. I see the GR description also says “Written in gorgeous prose…”, which should also be a warning to me.