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Here is the incredible true story of one woman's fight for survival in the Arctic wilderness. When she was nine years old, Olive Fredrickson witnessed her mother's death in the Arctic wilderness. At nineteen, she married a trapper who led her into a perilous life far removed from the comforts of civilization. Told from a harrowing first-person perspective, Fredrickson recoHere is the incredible true story of one woman's fight for survival in the Arctic wilderness. When she was nine years old, Olive Fredrickson witnessed her mother's death in the Arctic wilderness. At nineteen, she married a trapper who led her into a perilous life far removed from the comforts of civilization. Told from a harrowing first-person perspective, Fredrickson recounts the hair-raising experiences of her first years in the frozen wasteland that was her husband's hunting ground. When her attempt to run a farm single-handedly, after her husband's death, threatened to end in ruin, Fredrickson walked 40 miles alone to the nearest village, in a desperate attempt to obtain food for her starving family by bartering against future crops. It was a life-or-death journey filled with bears, wolves, and unparalleled danger. THE SILENCE OF THE NORTH is a story of extraordinary adventure, courage, and human determination in the face of impossible odds....

Title : the silence of the north
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ISBN : 25212236
Format Type : Hardback
Number of Pages : 209 Pages
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the silence of the north Reviews

  • BrokenTune
    2019-05-24 10:44

    4.5* really."Will you be all right?" Jack Hamilton asked before he left."I'll be all right," I told him firmly.All Right? I wondered. I was twenty-six, a homesteader-trapper's widow with three little children, one hundred and sixty acres of brush-grown land, almost none of it cleared, a small log house, an old .30-30 Winchester-and precious little else."Much as I would like to be able to imagine what it must be like to live in place that is remote and wild, I can't. Even less when I try to imagine what it must have been like to try and live in a very remote part of the world before telephones were available, before even roads were built, before people had ready access to transportation of any kind other than their own two feet. To imagine what it would be like to have to spend near enough every waking hour on the hunt for food and wood just in order to survive is just as difficult.It is all the more important to me that books like The Silence of the North are kept in print. Fredrickson may not be the best story-teller or the most skilled at writing, but do I really care how she tells her story when the story itself is so staggeringly amazing?It is not even 100 years ago that Fredrickson set out - first with her family, then with her husband - to live in the largely undeveloped parts of western Canada. Her encounters with the elements and the wild life - wolves, bears, moose, you name it - strongly reminded me of Jack London's stories, except that Fredrickson's memoirs were less poetic and also treated wild animals with the respect they deserve.Close encounters would often result in a fight for survival.

  • Sallee
    2019-05-22 09:41

    Reading this book was a rare privilege. The memoir of Olive Fredrickson is one that people who read it will never forget. It details her life as a child to an older woman in the Northern Canadian wilderness. It is a tale of survival against the harshness of nature. The life she recounts are so incredible it is hard to think that anyone could have lived through it. People were made of sterner stuff back then. If you are feeling ungrateful reading this book will having you feeling grateful for the soft lives we live today. This is an old book published in 1972 so may be hard to find. My copy came from a thrift store. It is one of the most unusual books I've ever read.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-14 09:28

    Although it's easy to tell when Olive Fredrickson's story ends and Ben East's nature writing begins, and many of the chapters end in sorta the same way, ("...and that's why I'll always hate wolves." "Bears? You can keep 'em.") reading The Silence of the North is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Frontier life has never seemed so bleak as when seen through the eyes of a young wife, soon a widow, of an irresponsible trapper. The three chapters set in the marshy backwaters of Canada's Slave River during the winter and spring of 1922-1923, in particular, stand out as an indispensible guide that could be titled "What Not to Do When Living in the Wilderness". Step one? Don't build your cabin in the wrong spot.

  • Xina Uhl
    2019-05-19 10:16

    Absolutely wonderful account of a woman's survival adventures in remote northern Canada in the early 1920s and on. Written in a folksy, conversational fashion, it covers author Olive's life from 9 years of age to her 70's. She had such an adventurous life! Face to face with wolves, bears, angry moose, and - worse - Mother Nature's fury. From near starvation to the loss of loved ones, everything is related with verve, pluck, and humor. If you like pioneer women's accounts - which I do - this won't disappoint. My only criticism is that the edition I read had no map, so I had a hard time keeping track of the places, although I did remember Prince George from a trip I took north myself a few years back.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-10 04:25

    A heroic true story written by the woman who lived the adventure. Written in the 30's about migrating from Alberta to Nothern British Columbia, Olive and her family have many trembling adventures.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-15 08:26

    I loved outdoor, wilderness, survival type books and this definately had all 3. A hard to find book but very good.

  • John
    2019-05-24 03:28

    A very nice book, Author lived a very exciting life and very unusual. But it sort of bored me. I would have liked her to go into more detail about the traveling when out of food and in the snow , etc. As I said the BOOK may have been a bore but I am certain the author never was a BORE.

  • Jer
    2019-05-24 08:38

    A writer from Holly, Michigan translates the journals of a settler in Alberta. There's so many events, it kept me up every night (along with my coughing), constantly turning the page to see what's going to happen next. Talk about "survival".

  • Linda Robinson
    2019-05-01 09:25

    An extraordinary telling of a woman's life in the wilderness. Harrowing scenes written well: paddling a canoe with her toddler huddled in the bow and her baby on her lap as she tries to down a moose in the water - not on land because she could not wrestle a moose into the canoe from land. Fredrickson walked 40 miles, shadowed on either side by a wolf pack, hoping to barter her future for food. Will she have to walk back, starving and grieving, or will her crop be sold? Moose with tempers, a bear on a cruel mission, a faulty gun her only protector - reality is more treacherous and cold than fiction. Fabulous read, firmly set in my top 5 nonfiction books.

  • Laura
    2019-05-08 10:45

    This story amazed me with the life situations this woman overcame. It gave me a greater insight and appreciation of frontier life at the turn of the twentieth century. The writing was plain so the drama of the story was kept in perspective. This is a story of a woman doing what had to be done without fanfare. Her courage, strength of character, and understanding of people in her life without bitterness was impressive. It is a wonder this story hasn't been made into a movie!

  • Dwayne Johnston
    2019-05-09 09:23

    An amazing real life survival story from the 30's. If your a survivalist the chapters 'Trap-line Winter' and 'Spring of Starvation' are good demonstrations of what it really takes to survive in a wilderness situation and should leave you with pause to think. Forget three days of survival like 'Dual Survival' or one week (now 10 days) 'Survivorman' try a winter in the subarctic (or don’t you'll die!) An awesome read for its gritty reality.

  • Trudy Jaskela
    2019-04-26 10:33

    Read this book many years ago. Reread this past weekend as am taking a Writing Your Memoirs course. Looking at different types of "voice" in writing. A harrowing story of courageous woman's life in the BC & AB wilderness in 1930's and 40's. Good descriptions of physical and emotional surroundings.

  • Mike
    2019-05-15 09:24

    I had read serialized stories from this book in Outdoor Life magazine over thirty years ago. They were some of the best articles ever published in that magazine. If you think you've had a tough life, read this book. We're all slackers in comparison.

  • Megan
    2019-05-11 09:43

    I love that this is a true story written by the women herself. As such, it is not the most well written story but it is fascinating to her about early settler lives and what they survived. Also, it took place in Alberta and British Columbia.

  • Greg
    2019-05-23 09:21

    This was a book I don't think I would have picked up without my Mom's telling me what a good book it was. It was an entertaining read, and I can say that Olice Fredrickson is one hell of a lot tougher thane me.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-28 11:27

    I learned a lot about the history of the area of northern Canada where Olive's story of her life took place. Very inspirational woman.

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  • Jessica
    2019-05-18 08:35

    Read this quite awhile ago.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-15 08:24


  • Karen
    2019-05-19 11:23

    I really enjoyed this book. I think this women is amazing. I never would have made it in her shoes.

  • Elizabeth Gillott
    2019-04-30 11:33

    Enjoyable and informative. Not all pioneer were farmers.