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Based on real events, this historical novel begins in 1913 when two Catholic priests disappear into a remote Arctic area known as the Coppermine Three years later, RWMP officer Jack Creed is sent to find out what happened to the priests and hires a young Copper Inuit, Angituk McAndrew to serve as interpreter.Their journey is a long one, and often difficult both physically and emotionally Near the mouth of the Coppermine on the Arctic Ocean, the two discover the remains of the priests and Creed is able to determine from the remains that the priests were killed After talking with local Inuit the two find and arrest two Inuit hunters The four make their way back to Fort Norman and from there to Edmonton for the trial The journey is long and dangerous and along the way Creed becomes friends with the Inuit and begins to understand their way of life and beliefs.In Edmonton, the Inuit find everything very different and look to Creed for reassurance and information We see the trial, the media interest and Creed s own issues around justice.This is a book that looks at the historical relationship between the white man and the Inuit and about tolerance for others culture We also see issues related to the First World War and how man treats man Creed s character develops over the course of the book I really enjoyed this story and respect the research involved. In 1913, North West Mounted Police officer Jack Creed, along with an Eskimo interpreter journey to the Coppermine River region to investigate the death of two Catholic priests Creed apprehends two Eskimo hunters who admit their guilt As the four people take the dangerous trip back to Edmonton, Creed experiences the Eskimo culture and how they have learned to work in concert with Nature in order to survive After reaching Edmonton, the murder trial is held Again, it is a collision of two very diverse cultures and the Eskimos experience in the white man s world This book is a novel based on the first jury system trial of an Inuit in Canada I especially enjoyed reading about the Eskimo culture It is a book worth reading. A fictionalised account of a seminal event in Canadian history Fantastically well written, it s a book you don t want to put down but read it straight through This is one of those books where I would love to meet the author and talk about how he researched the book Did he do the trek Did he live with the Inuits to learn their language.Highly recommended. I really liked this book for about 90% of it The parts where we were being taken through the wilds of northern Canada was beautifully written and stunning in the detail I especially liked that I finally got to make use of all of that Canadian history I had to learn in order to teach SS 10 this year I didn t even have to look up who Samuel Hearne was thanks to that course I especially appreciated the understated style of description Leckie uses I goes he is primarily a script writer and that was evident in his writing style His dialogue carried much of the action and even when we were in the wilderness with very little dialogue happening, he had a skill for giving us just the right description His style spoke to my love of minimalist writing I also really enjoyed the fact that this book gave me a glimpse into an area of Canada I know little about The only draw back came when the narrative shifted to the court rooms and to the big city I found I was not as keenly aware of the setting at this point as I was when they were up north Leckie s skill with creating a vibrant scene with just the right description seemed to flag at this point and I found I wanted him to give me a littlecontext of where we were This, however, was a relatively minor complaint and I really enjoyed this beautifully crafted book. Thanks for the recommendation, Tara I have a fascination with the far north and really enjoyed this read. What a good story So satisfying It had all of the right elements based on historical facts so I learned a lot, suspenseful, funny, a love story and enough twists to keep me wondering what the heck was going to happen Definitely 5 stars I wasn t at all interested in reading Leckie s book which I know realize was silly as I love reading about the North in books such as Elizabeth Hay s Late Nights on Air And this was also an historical murder mystery which again should have caught my attention since I also enjoyed Louise Penney s Bury Your Dead so I am very glad it was chosen by our book club which really is the whole point of being in one to get you to read books you wouldn t choose yourself Coppermine is set during WWI and begins in Edmonton where we meet Corporal Jack Creed of the North West Mounted Police He is sent to the Arctic to investigate what had happened to two Catholic priests who disappeared three years earlier when they went north to bring God to the heathen Eskimos sic Creed hires a young teen aged boy who is half Scottish half Eskimo to act as an interpreter Their journey takes them from Fort Norman to Coppermine on the Arctic Ocean in what is now the territory of Nunavut They paddle and walk thousands of miles from northern Alberta to the shores of the Arctic Ocean where they find the two men who confess to killing the priests It is hard to keep track of the time line but I think the journey north and then back to Edmonton takes well over a year and the relationship between police officer and prisoners and guide changes dramatically during that time The descriptions of the landscape and the Inuit religion and way of life are fascinating The desolation of the north where the natives survive with little access to wood or metal tools, their very existence is compared to that of pre historic man The second half of the book is just as fascinating, set in the bustling frontier city of Edmonton where the murderers stand trial and Corporal Creed s secret is revealed The book becomes a bit melodramatic towards the end but the story itself is gripping and the characters sympathetic. Keith Leckie s Coppermine is based on historical records of the murder of two Catholic Priests who were killed while trying to convert the Coppermine Inuit of the far north in the early 1900s and the subsequent capture and trial of the two Inuit involved.The tale makes for a good travel adventure as war vet and North West Mounted Police office Jack Creed takes on the task of investigating the priest s deaths and bringing the Inuit to justice.Leckie s writing is solid and manages to transport the reader to this very remote place both in space and time The pace is quick and despite how long it took me to read this, is a real page turner I think this novel will appeal to a lot of people that like easy reads and a good adventure The prose strikes the right notes and the characters are memorable and interesting.However, I only gave this three stars because for me I felt like it was too neat of a package Leckie s previous experience as a screenwriter may be showing in this novel as he tries to give everyone closure whether it s justified or not.I am not sure how many of the characters are fictional, but it would seem that a lot of the action is driven by the Jack Creed and his native interpreter Angituk McAndrews and that its their stories that seem a little too contrived to give the story its Hollywood moments.I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to others and would actually love to see a screen adaptation of it.People looking for acritical interpretation of the period might want to give this adventure novel a pass and stick to something withnon fiction narrative. This book is a winner from beginning to end Leckie has written a gripping story set in real history that sweeps us from the relative civilization of Edmonton to the shores of the Arctic Ocean at Coppermine during the time of World War One Leckie bases his story on the murder trial of Sinnisiak and Uluksuk in 1917, the first jury system trial of Inuit in Canada The hero, Jack Creed, is seen first bringing back the bodies of his fellow North West Mounted Police officers murdered by a crazed trapper turned cannibal Seeing his obvious skill in the wild, he is commissioned to discover what has happened to two Catholic priests who set off to Christianize the Eskimos but have not been heard from for two years Creed takes Angituk McAndrew, a young Copper Inuit interpreter on a year long odyssey to find out the fate of the priests They discover their murdered remains on the banks of the Coppermine River then journey to the Inuit camp at the mouth of river on the Arctic Ocean Creed apprehends two Inuit hunters who readilly confess to the murders The journey to the Arctic, one of the first encounters these stone age Eskimos have had with white men, and back with the prisoners is an epic Canadian tale of survival in the wilds battling hunger and cold Leckie weaves through the story fascinating details of authentic Inuit beliefs and practices that leave us with a deep sense of sympathy for these people at the same time as we feel revulsion for the barbarism of the world war Creed carries dark memories of his involvement in this war The love of Creed for a halfbreed young woman complicates his commitment to duty and gives to the story a warm, human touch Leckie contrasts the nobility, adaptability and peacefulness of the Inuit with the hypocritical, superficial but technically advanced white civilization In a sense he is returning to the discredited anthropological view that spawned the noble savage view of primitive people In this regard he is a little over the top but engenders a real sense of sadness for the way we, the Anglo saxons, treated the indigenous peoples This is one of the best books I ve read in quite a while, a book which combines authentic history with great writing and a strong plot that moves to an explosive climax. `Download Book ↡ Coppermine ⇺ Part Epic Adventure, Part Romance, And Part True Crime Thriller, Coppermine Is A Dramatic, Compelling, Character Driven Story Set InIn The Extremes Of Canada S Far North And The Boom Town Of EdmontonThe Story Begins When Two Missionaries Disappear In The Remote Arctic Region Known As The Coppermine North West Mounted Police Officer Jack Creed And Angituk, A Young Copper Inuit Interpreter, Are Sent On A Year Long Odyssey To Investigate The Fate Of The Lost Priests On The Shores Of The Arctic Ocean Near The Mouth Of The Coppermine River, They Discover Their Dismembered Remains Two Inuit Hunters Are Tracked And Apprehended, And The Four Begin An Arduous Journey To Edmonton, To Bring The Accused To Justice