The Last of the Gentlemen Adventurers: Coming of Age in the Arctic. Edward Beauclerk Maurice

The Last of the Gentlemen Adventurers Coming of Age in the Arctic Edward Beauclerk Maurice In a sixteen year old boy left England to become one of the last of the gentlemen adventurers the fur traders of the Hudson s Bay Company In the Arctic he found adventure love and loss as he cam

  • Title: The Last of the Gentlemen Adventurers: Coming of Age in the Arctic. Edward Beauclerk Maurice
  • Author: Edward Beauclerk Maurice
  • ISBN: 9780007171637
  • Page: 459
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  • In 1930 a sixteen year old boy left England to become one of the last of the gentlemen adventurers the fur traders of the Hudson s Bay Company In the Arctic he found adventure, love and loss as he came to grips with Eskimo life Beautifully written, inspiring and funny, this is a boy s own story that captures a world that is lost forever.

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    1. The Last Gentleman Adventurer – what book do I read now? What can possibly take the place of Edward’s gem. He was a true gentleman, worthy of admiration. The news today is so chock-full of disgusting examples of ignorant, selfish, cruel men. A man like Edward Beauclerk Maurice, a combination of humility, grace, and a reverence for the dignity of others is regrettably rare. The following quotes are from ric/faculty/rpotter/la (a word of advice; don’t read this until after you’ve read the [...]

    2. This book took forever for me to read because I kept setting it aside for more "shiny" books. But even so, I did eventually finish it because it really was perfect bedtime reading- nothing too gosh-awful happened, though there are plenty of tragedies described in it's pages. You see, this is about a sweet English teenager who is compelled by poverty to sign up to go work in frigid Innuit country and stay there in astonishingly spartan conditions facing all sorts of dangers on a daily basis. Thou [...]

    3. This is an outstanding memoir about an outstanding guy. Both the end of the book and the introduction, with comments on how the Inuit communities Maurice describes no longer exist, are quite saddening since the rest of the book is basically a feel good story about rather nice and cozy adventures in the Arctic with incredibly friendly natives. I just wish there would have been pictures!

    4. What an adventure Edward Beauclerk Maurice spins here in creating Edward Mauricel of the Hudson's Bay Company who spends 1 year with the Inuit people in a remote outpost off the coast of Baffin Island. The novel is charming informative and fascinating. The title spells it all. His character is The Last Gentleman Adventurer.

    5. I love this book,I love going with Edward Beauclerk Maurice, back into the nineteen twenties, being stuck in the arctic circle of Foxland and Baffin Island, and making a go of living among the eskimos. It takes me away from anything current, or business as usual in life, just being transported into snow makes me sleep well at night. I love the dogs, the women, the austerity of the life in the arctic the descriptions of the meat and the igloos, the cache' of food, the hazard.e peace. Transported [...]

    6. This book is about a young British man, who at age 17, in the year 1930, signs a 5-year contract with the Hudson Bay Company to manage stores in Northern Canada. He thinks that to do his job properly, he must learn the Inuit language and customs. It's a coming-of-age book, but also a reflexion of a way of life that is no more. I think this one will stay with me for a long time.

    7. An adventure story that is appealing on a number of different levels, Maurice's story also serves as an unusual ethnography of the Innuit people, not written from the point of view of a social scientist for whom the people of the two villages he lives in are informants, but from that of a businessman and neighbor who wants to help his friends, clients, and suppliers. The events take place in Hudson's Bay during the early 1930's, and In the end, what seems most exotic is European civilization, su [...]

    8. Marvelous! An illuminating account of an enterprising Englishman in the early 20th Century as he navigates the customs and norms of Inuit life in the Arctic. Edward Beauclerk Maurice’s unfettered narrative on his years spent under the employment of the Hudson’s Bay Company transports the reader to the furthest navigable corners of Frobisher Bay skidding alongside dogsleds, battling waves on seal hunts and most vividly sitting in tents and snow houses as he builds relationships with the Inuit [...]

    9. I'm guessing that there must have been something extraordinary about Edward Mauricel . I don't know too many 16-year olds who would be as tough. In the spring of 1930 in England, as the world was slipping into the Great Depression, his single-parent family had few good prospects. Edward made a decision that propelled his own life toward an unknown future while freeing his mother and sister to begin afresh. He was just 16 years old when he signed a 5-year contract with the Hudson's Bay Company to [...]

    10. Apparently written when the author was in his 90's, about his life 70 years ago in the frozen north - if true (and it seems quite authentic), he had quite a memory and an eye for detail.Maurice catapulted rather impetuously from English boarding school to the Hudson's Bay Company. He started out fairly mature, but definitely and subtly becomes a very responsible man within a couple of years. His memories of the Eskimos - "the People" - are the main subject of his story, although there is serious [...]

    11. Many of the old books of this genre I read are written as if the natives are children or savages who need conversion, education and enlightenment. Edward Beauclerk Maurice impressed me with his acceptance of the culture and beliefs of the Inuit/Eskimo people among which he lived for several years. He learned their language and lived among them, sharing their food, clothing and homes, meanwhile growing from a teenager into a man. Maurice recounts his years as a clerk at a Hudson Bay trading post [...]

    12. The NY Times reviewed this book in 2005 and it went on my must read list then. But I could never find it at the library. I recently got it on Kindle. Here is the Times' review opening: "In 1930, a desperate year, Edward Beauclerk Maurice, an English schoolboy, took a desperate step. Inspired by a documentary on the Canadian Arctic, he signed up for a five-year apprenticeship with the Hudson's Bay Company." Beau was 16. His family had left or was planning to emigrate to New Zealand but he did not [...]

    13. A genuinely extraordinary book: the story of a sixteen-year-old English boy who, in the early twentieth century, had to leave home to support his destitute family. On impulse, he signed up with the Hudson Bay Company. The book recounts his five years as a fur-trader among the Eskimo (as they were then known), learning their ways and language and gradually becoming accepted as an equal in a society and culture that are now lost forever.It is a powerful account on many levels. It is the story of a [...]

    14. Having been in the Navy, I've traveled a bit to places that are on maps, but many people don't go there. I've never been to the Arctic, but I have been to Iceland and a short stop in Greenland, because of that I really wanted to read this book. This book is a wonderful look at a bygone way of life. It spans the time from 1930 to 1939 when Mr. Maurice left the Hudson's Bay Company to serve in the New Zealand Navy during WWII. Mr. Maurice made friends with the Inuit people, learned their language. [...]

    15. Really compelling, well-told story of a sixteen year-old boy who goes to the Canadian Arctic and spends five years working and living with the Inuit. It's sad and funny and fascinating, and the only complaint I have is that I would have liked to hear about what happened when Maurice left his friends and was no longer employed by Hudson's Bay Company. Did he have trouble readjusting to life away from the Inuit people and the Arctic? What was it like reuniting with his family in New Zealand? I als [...]

    16. Probably one of the most endearing biography I have read in a long time. This is the story of a poor young man who eventually finds himself,in charge of a commercial outpost in the deep north within an eskimo community, at the turn of this century. What follows is a story of grace, warmth, humility and adventures. A profoundly humane person E.W. returned to England eventually and never spoke once to anyone about his adventures, until he felt ready to share them with dignity and modesty. A true g [...]

    17. Published just before his death, this is a snapshot of several of the years - beginning in 1930 - that Maurice spent in remote Canada working for the Hudson Bay Company. Left alone with the local population for the majority of the time, he writes of learning to speak the local language, dogsledding for days to bring food to a starving camp, hunting and caring for the entire camp during a flu outbreak, and much more. It's thoughtfully done, a careful portrait of an extremely unique experience.

    18. The author wrote this book shortly before his death in 2003 about his time in northern Canada as a very young (he began at age 16) employee of the Hudson Bay Company in the 1930s. He wrote about his strong connections with the Inuit people and how they helped him grow into a man. It is a wise and thoughtful book and brings out how both the Inuit learned to understand him and how he immersed himself in their culture.

    19. I'll be honest. I'm in the midst of this book & I really enjoy reading the subject matter - but it is so straight forward & almost monotone at times that I lose the drive to see it through & see what happens. Perhaps because I know the author survives it all well enough to write the book.I recommend it if you're in the mood for a stodgy memoir that doesn't raise much of a fuss.

    20. Insightful look at the life of subsistent and trader dependent Northeastern Canadian Eskimos in the 1930's. A young Englishman comes of age and learns to live as a semi-subsistent hunter and fisher. Engrossing memoir of culture and struggles of the Inuit. The ultimate hunting and fishing story about life in the Canadian Arctic.

    21. This is a true account of a young man humble enough to know he has alot to learn from a different culture. Through many hardships with weather, illness, and hunting, he put his friendship with the Innuit people first, and they all seemed to profit by working in cooperation. The book gets off to a slow start, but rewards the patient reader.

    22. I enjoyed this book. It sheds light on a way of life that many of us will never live, and probably don't know much about. I had no idea there were so many people living "up north" other than eskimos. The author left home in England right at the beginning of the Depression to take on this job. He was just 16 when he left. I am sure he grew up quickly in those treacherous conditions.

    23. I really enjoyed this book. If a 3.75 were an option, that's what I'd give it but it's not quite a 4. Having been to similar regions of the Arctic and met Innuit people in the Native villages of Alaska made it all the more real for me. I thought the beginning and end dragged a little, but the middle 250 pages are FABULOUS. Highly recommended!

    24. I wish he had told more of his story, but Maurice spins a tale of his first few years working for the Hudson Bay Company - just as it was sputtering out in the first half of the 1900s. Don't read this when it's already cold outside - the stories of the ice and snow will just make you chillier. Probably good for a hot summer day.

    25. This man came of age in the Arctic in a position of some authority. The book recounts his adventures from the time he came to eastern Canada among the Inuit people until he was reassigned for the second time to another post in the Arctic. Very interesting and well-written.

    26. At age 16, Edward Beauclerk Maurice signed on to five years with the Hudson's Bay Company, and shipped out from his home in England to his new post in the Arctic. His memoir is up front and readable, and his stories of life with the Inuit are amazing. Highly recommended.

    27. I loved this true memoir of a young and naive English kid living in the Arctic in 1930+ or -, working for Hudson Bay CO enjoying the Inuit people and learning their ways and language. He's an amazing, humble, intelligent person, a beautiful writer with an open mind and sense of humor.

    28. An extremely exciting and fascinating situation and story with great potential, unfortunately written in a very boring prose style that makes arctic adventure about as thrilling as rearranging my sock drawer. A disappointment of a book that might make a good film.

    29. Unfortunately, this is the only book by this author. It's thoughtful and thought provoking and ends up being really charming. He steps into a new world, totally different from his own and you step into it with him.

    30. This memoir was so engrossing it made life in the arctic sound like a good idea. Wy wasn't I offered an opportunity to manage a Hudson Bay Company trading post when I graduated from high school?

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