Friday, July 4, 2014

The Spell of the Yukon and Other Poems by Robert Service

Assigned by his employers at the Canadian Bank of Commerce to the Yukon Territory in 1904, Robert Service became renowned as the poet who chronicled the Klondike gold rush. Service's memorable tales in verse relate the adventures of One-Eyed Mike, Blasphemous Bill, Dangerous Dan McGrew, and other colorful characters.
In this omnibus volume is included the verse of Robert Service from the beginning of his remarkable career up to 1940. From Goodreads.

I am still not fond of poetry to say the least. For me the only reason to read poetry is because I need it for a reading challenge.
That said, it of course makes poetry more interesting when it is read in the place it is about.
While reading this book I was sitting at the shore of Lake LeBarge in Canada. This meant I actually really liked the first part of this book that was about that particular area. I found the rest of the poems rather dark and not as interesting as most of them were about death.
It gets 3 Polar Bears because of the Yukon and Lake LeBarge poems.

This book qualifies for:
2014 Ebook challenge
2014 Literary Exploration Reading Challenge
2014 Full House Reading Challenge
You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge 2014
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014

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