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True North epub ebook

by Kimberly Kafka

True North epub ebook

Author: Kimberly Kafka
Category: United States
Language: English
Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (March 1, 2000)
Pages: 288 pages
ISBN: 052594530X
ISBN13: 978-0525945307
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 994
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Kimberly Kafka, a direct descendant of Franz Kafka, is a certified wilderness emergency medical technician who has taught writing and literature at the University of Michigan, and has conducted writing workshops at Bennington College and the University of Southern Maine. She is also the author of the novel True North.

For six years Bailey Lockhart has lived alone in the Alaskan bush, supporting herself from the cockpit of a floatplane. For six years Bailey Lockhart has lived alone in the Alaskan bush, supporting herself from the cockpit of a floatplane. She is the only white woman in a land owned by the local Ingalik tribe; her closest neighbor is a fellow bush pilot and activist named Kash.

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View on timesmachine. Life would be tense enough for the north Alaskan Ingalik Indians in Kimberly Kafka's first novel without a pair of greenhorns dropping in for the ultimate wilderness vacation. Everyone in town is strapped for money, and the all-important fishing licenses are being withheld by federal bureaucrats. It can't be good for Bailey Lockhart, a non-Native.

SIDELIGHTS: Little has been written about author Kimberly Kafka's personal life, except that she is a direct descendant of the famous Austrian writer Franz Kafka (1883–1924). Her first novel, True North, was published in 2000. For example, a Publishers Weekly contributor found some inconsistencies with the characters' voices but enjoyed the "great warmth and authority" of Kafka's descriptions of the landscapes.

Kimberly Kafka, a direct descendant of Franz Kafka, is a certified wilderness emergency medical technician who has taught writing and literature at the University of Michigan, and . Get news about authors like Kimberly Kafka, popular books, and more! Books by Kimberly Kafka.

A remarkable debut novel, evoking the harsh beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and the passions of its maverick inhabitants. True North is a literary adventure novel-lean and elegantly lyrical-that showcases Kimberly Kafka's intimate knowledge of life in Alaska. Bailey Lockhart flees a tragedy in Maine to become a bush pilot in Alaska, where she buys the only piece of land not owned by the Native American Ingalik tribe among thousands of acres in the area. The tribe's center and the home of Bailey's closest neighbors is a village eighty miles downriver, governed by fellow bush pilot and Dartmouth-educated Ingalik activist Kash. Kash and Bailey are inexorably drawn to each other, but are kept apart by habits of solitude and a political hornets' nest of racial division. Racial mistrust builds when a young white couple arrive for a "wilderness adventure." The couple's deceit and hubris will cost a life, force Kash to face the conflicts in the tribe and in his heart, and destroy Bailey's carefully constructed refuge in a head-on crash with the past she had fought to escape.
Reviews (7)
My comments that follow are on the book, "True North" by Ms. Kimberly Kafka, which contains main characters originally from New England, and takes place in Alaska. The book was a good story, well written, and new if you have not read a great deal on this Country's largest state and its indigenous people.
In this type of fiction there is one aspect that separates the good from the extremely good. This Author lives the life of her character, perhaps not as depicted in this story, however she writes with a credibility that cannot be researched, the Author has been there or they have not, there is no middle ground for authenticity.
The setting was certainly a strong point for the book as it was so well done, even better was Ms. Kafka's handling of the quest of Zach and Alpha, and certain coincidences between the first to leave New England, Bailey, and the first two players I mentioned. Both the mission that Zach was on and the questions that were left unresolved could have been cliché at best, and horrendous on the scale's other extreme. The Author has a talent for giving bits of credibility to people and their actions that make the reader believe in the general story when isolated portions would otherwise appear weak.
I also became very interested in the story of the Natives of Alaska and their History. I do not know if the circumstances she describes are true, however the fact she can cause a reader to want to know more about what she has portrayed in fiction is something that is unique and the Author deserves credit for.
The issue that kept the five stars rating in abeyance was the number of issues left unresolved, and the importance these issues held throughout the work. It may be the Author intends to continue this story, and is she does I will read it, however the pieces left incomplete were a cause for frustration.

My impressions of this novel are that Kimberly Kafka provides authentic experience in her writing about living in the wilds of Alaska. She clearly portrays Alaskan natives and their feelings and political ideas and why they feel disenfranchised and abandoned by white America. This novel tells the story of a young white woman from Maine who escapes to a difficult, but fulfilling life in Alaska. There is a man from Alaska who is trying to walk a thin line between learning how to live with the white people who have money and political power and on the flip side, the indigenous Alaskans who want the white people completely excluded from Alaskan life. The details of their lives are well written and give a clear picture of what this kind of life entails. Finally there is a young couple, both white, who come to Alaska to search for gold, even though their tourist permit clearly excludes that. The twists and turns and emotional rollercoaster that evolves through this story is wonderfully done. The ending is not "spoon-fed" to the reader and is one that leaves you thinking about the characters and what they were really looking for long after you have finished this tale. The inter-weaving of the lives of these main characters always leaves you wondering and thinking about what each person wants and needs, and at what expense must each one go to, to achieve what is best for them. It also demonstrates the difficulty of balancing one persons desires with thbest interests of the larger group as a whole. This was an interesting novel.

A pleasant surprise from an author described on the jacket as a workshop-ista and ittybittymagazine-nik. Real people, real countryside, real action. A glimpse into a little-known and faxcinating part of American. The author has a smooth prose style, the kind that is so transparent it makes you forget you are reading for a while, and only in retrospect do you realize how well this book is written -- the way it ought to be. Another pleasant surprise: Not all the natives are environmentally sensitive Alan Alda in sealskin types, there are some well-delineated nasty native villains in here as well. Minor drawback: A key bit of the plot was far too contrived (no one would dig a root cellar with a lid overhead; you can't hold a strong person down with a mere 4 nails; kicking upward would have been the obvious and effective choice). (This ciriticism doesn't give away the ending or anything critical to enjoying the book -- I don't write that kind of review). This is minor; all-in-all, a very good read.

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Kim Kafka's Alaskan adventure tale brings the mystique and the allure of that state alive. It is a well-written piece about people escaping their past while struggling with embracing the future in the last American frontier. The day to day hardships of Bailey's self-imposed exile were quite believable, and Kafka walks us credibly through the situations and problems of life in the Alaskan bush.
But Kafka makes excessive use of stereotypes in her characters, and as the book wore on this became quite distracting. The women are all capable, confident, wise and independent. The men are mostly drunk, irresponsible and manipulative. Which is fine, as unfortunately these types do exist.
But she spent so much time pushing those themes that my interest in her characters broke down. I started feeling like she was using the book as a soapbox rather than devoting her talents into real character development.
Other than that, it effectively takes you to Alaska in all its grandeur, danger and glory. Kafka definitely knows her setting well.

This tasty book makes Alaska come alive in classic adventure style. I recognize in the characters people I know, they are authentic, alive and very close. I enjoy the view into a world on the edge of civilization that few get to see, the realness of details and circumstances all artfully arranged into a choreographed story with a satisfying plot. Though some of the action may be a bit cinematic for my taste, it is more than made up for with the complexity of three dimensional characters that mix villainous with heroic in ways that defy definition.

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