Charlotte Gray brought to life the brief explosion of activity around the Klondike gold fields focusing on the stories of 6 or so individuals who crossed paths in the Klondike. I recommend this book but cannot compare it to Pierre Burton's book about the Klondike.
Gray's very readable book is a well researched and a well written story about the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897-98. She highlights six characters with their stories interwoven throughout the book. It is a rich and full picture including the hardships and trials of these six characters, including the beloved Jesuit priest William Judge and the tough win-at-all-costs entrepreneur Belinda Mulrooney.
All of the details make the book very informative and vivid like the diet of bread, beans and bacon for 6 months every year, the stench of human sewage and the Dawson dirt roads ("mud as thick as gumbo")
Checked this out after seeing documentary on PBS(?), in which Charlotte Gray was one of the talking heads. Both my wife and I read it. Long book but keeps pulling you along.
I was very excited to read Gold Diggers because Gray’s previous non-fiction, Sister’s in the Wilderness is one of my favourite books.
This historical biography has retraced the steps that thousands of gold seekers made during the 1897-1899 Yukon Gold Rush. Through her extensive travels and detailed research, she revisits the events of this time with fascinating detail. You will relive the excitement, hardships and struggles of the six main characters as they cross paths while seeking their fortunes in the land of the midnight sun. Full of historical detail, it draws you in like a novel while providing you with a colourful piece of Canadian history.
Worth a read - Gray makes history come alive. Full of interesting details of how people lived in those times - grueling life - amazing that people would actually attempt the horrendous travel - oh the power of hope that you will get a strike! Two interesting women who went in their late 40s - one as a reporter and one who saw opportunity to set up hotel and restaurant. Strong women they were who made it in a"man's" world.
This is a fascinating exploration of the life and times of the people who endured the Klondike goldrush.
It was hard to put down and mesmerizing in it's details. Highly informative for those thirsting for knowledge/exploration of the modern world and how it came to be. Shows just how very modern our common comfortable lifestyle/travel is.
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