The Curve of Time

Blanchet, M. Wylie

(Book - 1990)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Curve of Time
After her husband died in 1927, leaving her with five small children, everyone expected the struggles of single motherhood on a remote island to overcome M. Wylie Blanchet. Instead, this courageous woman became one of the pioneers of "family travel, " acting as both mother and captain of the twenty-five-foot boat that became her family's home during the long Northwest summers. Blanchet's lyrically written account reads like fantastic fiction, but her adventures are all very real. There are dangers-rough water, bad weather, wild animals-but there are also the quiet respect and deep peace of a woman teaching her children the wonder and awesome depth of the natural world. "Filled with observations on natural history and the wonders of the wild, (Blanchet's) prose, like the waterfall she describes, sings."-Kliatt
Publisher: North Vancouver, B.C. : Whitecap Books, 1990, c1968
Edition: 2nd Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781895099263
Branch Call Number: 917.11 B64c 1990
Characteristics: 170 p. :,ill., map ;,23 cm


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A lovely story of a widow who packs her

children onto a boat and explores the native waters of British Columbia.

This is the fascinating true adventure story of a woman who packed her five children onto a twenty-five-foot boat and explored the coastal waters of British Columbia summer after summer in the 1920's and 1930's

List - Krysti's list by: multcolib_tamaf Jul 21, 2014

The biography and astonishing adventure story of a woman who, left a widow in 1927, packed her five children onto a 25-foot boat and cruised the coastal waters of British Columbia, summer after summer.

The memoir of a widowed woman and her children who spent summers exploring the coastal waters of British Columbia on a 25 foot boat, encountering tides, fogs, storms, cougars and bears.

The biography and astonishing adventure story of a woman who, left a widow in 1927, packed her five children onto a 25-foot boat and cruised the coastal waters of British Columbia, summer after summer. Muriel Wylie Blanchet acted single-handedly as skipper, navigator, engineer and, of course, mum... Read More »

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Jan 13, 2015
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Such a brave and resourceful woman! In the 1930's a widow with a bunch of kids, takes sail each year on voyages of discovery along the west coast of Canada. She is well aware that what they are seeing and enjoying is changing and will never be quite the same again, which lends a certain nostalgia to the writing. A classic.

Came across this book at a campground in Slave Lake this summer, of all places. Having lived on the coast for a number of years and visited Skookumchuk Narrows about 20 years ago, I was brought back to the vividness of the coastal landscape. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, consulting Google maps to see where "Capi" had sailed with her children. A fascinating read, given the time it was written and by an adventuresome widow with 5 children to boot! I especially enjoyed her description at the end of their beloved house and land at Curteis Point. I too marveled at her determination, courage, and inventiveness. She made the most of what must have been a very challenging situation. Makes me want to go sailing next summer!

Dec 27, 2014
  • pocojj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the very best books about the BC coast that you can ever read! Highly recommended.
Just re-read it again after sailing in the Broughton Archipeligo. Saw many places Ms. Blanchet wrote about, And a marvelled at her determination, courage and inventiveness.

Jun 06, 2012
  • readingchick rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What an adventurer this woman was! It is a great treatment of the West Coast and makes me want to go with her. I wonder if her children knew how lucky they were?

Jan 28, 2012
  • d3bbi3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a must read for any one living on Vancouver Island. The many discriptions of places around the discovery islands - some still there and many long gone - is unsurpassable by any other book available on the topic.


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