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"I was told you were a magic man."In October of 1894, the anthropologist Rebecca Ashford arrives in Kodiak, Alaska to interview a Russian prisoner with an American name and an Athabascan Indian past. Aleksandr Campbell has been sentenced to hang for a double murder, killings that took place in his homeland far to the north on the Kenai Peninsula--a little-known part of the"I was told you were a magic man."In October of 1894, the anthropologist Rebecca Ashford arrives in Kodiak, Alaska to interview a Russian prisoner with an American name and an Athabascan Indian past. Aleksandr Campbell has been sentenced to hang for a double murder, killings that took place in his homeland far to the north on the Kenai Peninsula--a little-known part of the territory where Russian is the common language and the handful of resident Americans are foreigners in a strange land. His tale, recorded in her notes as he waits for the gallows, spans years and miles of wilderness and clashing cultures. It is a story of young love and of old magic that is rapidly draining out of the country with the coming of the gold rush. It is a story of being Alaskan at a time when Alaska barely existed....

Title : Turn Again, A Novel
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ISBN : 15989424
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 385 Pages
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Turn Again, A Novel Reviews

  • Dana Stabenow
    2018-12-03 19:41

    A heartbreaker of a story about a man who was a bear, at least some of the time. Aleksander Campbell, part Athabascan, part Russian, part American, is raised on the Kenai Peninsula in the traditional ways by his grandfather, Lucky Jim. It is the late 1800s when Alaska Native life (and lives) are fast disappearing in direct proportion to the influx of Americans looking for gold. Aleksander's voice is so strong, so compelling that you are immediately sucked into a place and a time that feels so real you can smell the wood smoke of the fire and smile over the sly sense of humor that creeps into the text, come what tragedy mayI'm told [Lucky Jim] never was one to let grief over one girl stand in the way of a gallop with the next.There are some lyrical descriptions of placeA shower floated down way across Turnagain Arm, near the mouth of the Tutsahtnu where Scotty had been killed in his own house. From afar it looked like a curtain stretched across the country. It caught the fading sunlight in streaks of rainbow color, staying for five minutes, maybe a little more. Then it pulled back up into the sky like it had never been. Off to our right the mountains on the west side was a jagged blue line with the sunset behind them. The wet mudflats glowed gold and orange. "It's beautiful, aint it?" I said."Hush," said Yasha. "Our mouths aint big enough to speak of all that."Yeah, and I've seen it look exactly like that and our mouths aint big enough. My one quibble would be that Farmen idealizes at least in part the Alaska life that existed before the invasion. A subsistence lifestyle is hard on the body and on the spirit, especially during the bad years (and there are always bad years). But otherwise a very strong recommendation for one of the most original novels about Alaska I've ever read, and folk tale or not, one with a simply perfect ending, read into it any meaning you like.

  • Lila Vogt
    2018-11-11 20:34

    Kris Farmen has written a robust story of the early days of western man's invasion of Cook Inlet and the clash of cultures between the indigenous inhabitants living sustainable lifestyles (sometimes barely sustainable) and the newcomers intent on their pursuit of riches to be wrung and wrestled from this northern land.There is cross cultural romance, historical accuracy and a fair and balanced presentation of the conflicts that are presented. A.C. Campbell, the mixed blood protagonist, is a character worthy of respect and compassion. The antagonist, Greg Hackham, is as evil a man as they make 'em.The 1890 map at the front of the book shows the area of the narrative with place names that help you keep up with the action as it moves throughout the Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm settings.I highly recommend this read and heap kudos and praise on Kris for his second book! Can't wait for the next one!

  • Tiago João
    2018-11-22 21:56

    looking to learn Alaskan history? Curious about the gold rush ? want to learn about life in the Alaskan wilderness? curious about Indian culture? want a sobering historical account of colonization and it's effects on the land cultures and peoples ? Or do you simply want an amazing adventure ? This book has you covered on all fronts, it had me on the edge of my reading seat all the way.

  • Ruth
    2018-12-03 00:58

    I bought this book on a whim at a street fair because (I'll admit it) I liked the cover. I am so glad I did - what a fabulous story! Very well written, engaging, and entertaining.

  • Mike
    2018-12-01 23:47

    This book was given to me by my daughter, Jeannine for my birthday in 2014. Jeannine and her family have a home in Hope, Alaska. Through this book, I learned that its Indian name was Tutsilitnu.The story takes place in the last decade of the 1800s in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska. An Indian boy named Aleksander Campbell, or "AC" as he like to be called, is the main character in the book.AC possesses the ability to change into a grizzly bear when he is under great duress. This is one of the main themes of the story and plays an important and surprising role as the story progresses.Although it's a work of fiction, it is filled with fact, folk-lore, and Indian mythology. It also gives an excellent look into Alaska's past, including its Russian heritage as well as the impact of the discovery of gold upon the history of the state.One word of caution - it contains some profanity, including the "F-Word," which I absolutely hate!

  • Mckenzie
    2018-12-07 21:54

    Really enjoyed it, loved being able to read a book and know the locations that were talked about since it it all about Alaska (makes it more vivid) but did not like the ending because it felt unfinished. Good mix of drama/mystical/romance.

  • Isabel Hogue
    2018-12-06 20:48

    It's about people living during times of change in Alaska - the 1890s.At times the language and behavior of the old-Alaska characters seemed a little modern for the time-setting, but I still enjoyed the story.I'm especially pleased to have a copy signed by the author.

  • Colleen Heaney-Mead
    2018-11-13 19:02

    Not going to lie, Alaskana can be pretty bad so I had low expectations. I enjoyed the epic adventure of AC. This book is not amazing literature, but it is an entertaining read.

  • Lynn Lovegreen
    2018-12-05 23:50

    Amazing writing--one of the best books I've read lately. Great story about clashing cultures, true love, and old magic.(added other edition to my books to show the cover)

  • Ann Glenn
    2018-12-12 19:46

    I couldn't put this book down. Growing up in this area in Alaska and some of the historical accuracy of it made it a fascinating read for me.

  • Lyn
    2018-11-20 19:34

    Read it because I was just near the Turnagain & Kenai & was hungry for history about it. It certainly gave me that & was written well-enough.

  • Lynn Lovegreen
    2018-12-09 17:49

    See my review on the paperback edition--just added this to show the great cover.