Journey to the Edge of the World

Journey to the Edge of the World

Book - 2009
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To have Billy Connolly as a personal tour guide through some of the world's most dramatic landscapes in the vast wilderness of the Arctic is to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience only he can offer. In his own quintessential way, this much-loved Scottish comedian, actor, musician and self-proclaimed 'citizen of the world' takes us zig-zagging from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via Newfoundland, Canada, the Yukon and the Northwest Passage in an epic adventure only recently made possible through global warming.

With his infectious enthusiasm and idiosyncratic humour, Billy goes searching for the beauty of ordinariness and bumps into all manner of weird and wonderful people along the way. He learns how to be a bear whisperer, pans for gold with prospectors, learns how to square dance, kayaks through ice floes between fishing trips, runs bare-assed into a sweat lodge, and attempts the finer complexities of the Inuit language. He jams with fiddlers, kisses a cod, goes hunting for Big Foot, and invokes the spirit of the ancients while iceberg-harvesting.

With as many laugh-out-loud moments as they are poignant ones, Journey to the Edge of the World is more than just an informative and entertaining travel guide - it is time spent exclusively in the company of an irascible national treasure.
Publisher: London : Headline, 2009.
ISBN: 9780755318858
Branch Call Number: 917.19 C752
Characteristics: vii, 308 p. : col. ill., map ; 26 cm.


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Sep 12, 2011

This story is available on dvd as well. Billy Connolly traveled from east to west in Canada, via the northwest passage and his take on our country is not only humorous but also loving and expressive. Good book. Lots to think about and lots of laughs as well.

Feb 15, 2011

Excellent adventure told in a warm, engaging manner. Learned more about Canada's north in this book than I did in elementary & high school. Best bits are Billy's personal reflections and feelings about the trip. Too good to miss!

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