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The gold-hunters is the second in the series that relates the story of friendship and discovery in the wilds of the North American continent, between Roderick Drew, Wabigoon and Mukoki. This time they are in search of gold; following a map drawn previously by an unknown Englisman, a map that caused two Frenchmen to kill each other about 49 years previously. Again the story line enthrals the reader but in this case Curwood places us in a position (insofar that we are naive non-woodsmen) where we reach an empathy and uneasy feeling that we could be the brave but naive white man, Roderick. It seems that Curwood is doing this to debunk from us as readers some of unrealistic beliefs we may hold about how wild animals and native peoples behave in their natural habitat.

The madness of a central if somewhat obscure character slowly erupts out of the story line - and frames the pages as a type of Gollum - and indeed it would not be surprising if I later learned that that character had some influence upon Tolkein's later works. Of course that is just subjective opinion on my part. All in all this book is another excellent read - although it misses some of the descriptive punch of The Wolf Hunters; somewhat as a result of Curwood's feeling that several components of the first book need to be repeated so as to assist the new reader in understanding this storyline.
12/16/2009
This book may have worked if the swindled were not always the same person - being the African Millionaire. However as it stands now each short story attempts to perpetuate a belief that one man and his executive assistant can not recognise the same swindler who comes upon them time and time again, defraying their ability to recognise him simply be a change of hair style and a fake nose etc. First short story okay, second possible but after that the book grows tiresome.
11/18/2009
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A blind man is shipwrecked off the coast of South America. Washed ashore he literally stumbles across another survivor, a young married woman, whose ankle was broken during the shipwreck. His strength and her eyes have them spend weeks reaching the isolated hut of a trapper just as a serious winter sets in ... a love story, full of depth of character, intrigue, danger and deception then onsets. 3 is a crowd, 4 makes it even busier....
11/09/2009
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