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Publisher's Summary

At a time when Vancouver Island was still an extremely remote and sparsely populated backwater, a young widow packed her five children into a 25-foot boat dubbed The Caprice and set off on an adventure. Summer after summer the brave young mother, who became known as "Capi," would set sail and explore the rugged coastline for months with her young crew. Although the hazards the family faced were numerous-tides, fog, storms, rapids, cougars, and even grizzlies-Capi brought them through it all. The Curve of Time is Capi's poignant, thoughtful, and poetic recollection of these days.This classic coastal tale has been a bestseller since it was first published in 1961. That was also the year of the author's death. In print continuously since it's original publication, this is the first time it has been made available in audio.
©1961 The Estate of M. Wylie Blanchet (P)2014 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
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By Sara on 02-01-16

A Memoir Of Life As An Adventure In Nature

I really enjoyed this collection of sailing and wilderness stories and memories from life in the 1920's and 1930's on Vancouver Island. The author, Capi and her five children spent four months every summer living on and sailing their little boat. They explored a waterway known as the Inside Passage between coastal British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

The book is filled with wonderful descriptions of sailing, the sea, wildlife and the people they encountered on their travels. Blanchet works a good deal of the history and the mapping of the region into the stories. Plus, their frequent visits to abandoned stone age native villages added depth and a feeling of spookiness and folklore.

Time gets lost in these stories which are really snapshots of wild nature experiences--not linear travelogue journal entries. While it is difficult to pinpoint dates, ages of the children and when the action occurs--in the end it doesn't matter. To me, the way Blanchet tells the story is perfect. The author captured her unusual adventurous life beautifully. The listener comes away with a strong feeling for and understanding of a life lived right on the very edge of wildness. Engaging.

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By CA mom on 03-10-17

Like fantasy stories from a different world

I loved these boat adventure stories of a mom & her kids. These are from a time & place so remote from mine, it is almost like fantasy. Also there is a lack of sort of basic, supporting detail, that makes the characters & story seem less anchored in the actual world. How did they get their money? Which kids were on which adventure? What was the mom feeling? I felt I wanted more of a connection with her. Or so that I can buy a boat and move to BC. Nevertheless, I loved the stories!

Also, this is funny, I can't put my finger on exactly what it its, but when the children talk, its like listening to an old Shirley Temple movie. Or The Wizard of Oz. Why, she's not a witch at all, Mummy!

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