Great Heart: The History of a Labrador Adventure

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In 1903 Leonidas Hubbard was commissioned by an outdoors magazine to explore Labrador by canoe. Joined by his best friend, Dillon Wallace, and a Scots-Cree guide, George Elson, Hubbard hoped to make a name for himself as an adventurer. But plagued by poor judgment and bad luck, his party turned back and Hubbard died of starvation just thirty miles from camp. Two years later, Hubbard's widow, Mina, and Wallace returned to Labrador, leading rival expeditions to complete the original trek and fix blame for the earlier failure. Their race made headlines from New York to Nova Scotia-and it makes fascinating reading today in this widely acclaimed reconstruction of the epic saga. The authors draw on contemporary accounts and their own journeys in Labrador to evoke the intense drama to men and women pushed beyond the limits of endurance in one of the great true adventures of our century.

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"Astonishing adventure....Combines the grace of fiction with the power of history." -THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"A compelling story... deserves a place...next to great adventure books such as KON TIKI and...CALL OF THE WILD." -William Breyfogle, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL"What a movie this book make...a literary adventure like no other." -Margaret Mironowicz, TORONTO GLOVE AND MAIL"A profound character-driven work of history and biography that reads like a first-rate novel." -Howard Frank Mosher, author of DISAPPEARNCES AND NORTHERN BORDERS"The story surprises and delights. The book is a solid joy." -Annie Dillard, author of PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK

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Re Great Heart--the romance angle
Everything Jim says about Great Heart is true. Unfortunately, like Hubbard and Wallace in their narratives, he leaves out the best stuff.

The juice of this story was buried in the original diaries--some of them never opened until we managed to dig them out of long-forgotten trunks and attics.

It turns out that Mrs. Hubbard, heading into the back country with four Indians and half-breeds was not immune to the charms of the story's true hero, George Elson, the half-white, half-Cree. who bcame her "Great Heart."

For details, don't wait for the movie. Buy this book!

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