Friday, December 27, 2013

Reader's Diary #1074- Al Pope: Bad Latitudes

Bad Latitudes, by Al Pope, has been on my radar for a while but it was only after a trip to the Yukon this past summer that I finally managed to get my hands on a copy. It was well worth the wait.

Bad Latitudes is basically a coming of age tale, but as the one who's coming of age is a newcomer to the Yukon, it's also a great read for the armchair traveler.

It begins with beautiful imagery and I was so initially caught up in the rich descriptions that I was somewhat losing track of the characters. (For all the similarities us two neighbouring territories have, there are also some very real differences.) Fortunately as the plot takes off (and trust me, there's more excitement than "coming-of-age" usually implies) the characters also became more streamlined and distinct.

Highly recommended.

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