northwest passage – Kenneth Roberts

Paperback, 709 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Down East (first published 1937)

synopsis via goodreads: Told through the eyes of primary character Langdon Towne, much of this novel centers around the exploits and character of Robert Rogers, the leader of Rogers’ Rangers, who were a colonial force fighting with the British during the French and Indian War.

Structurally, Northwest Passage is divided into halves. The first half is a carefully researched, day-by-day recreation of the raid by Rogers’ Rangers on the Indian village at Saint-François-du-Lac, Quebec (or Saint Francis, to the Americans troops), a settlement of the Abenakis, an American Indian tribe. The second half of the novel covers Rogers’ later life in London, England and Fort Michilimackinac, Michigan. Roberts’ decision to cover the novel’s material in two distinct halves followed the actual trajectory of Rogers’ life.

my thoughts:  this felt like the biggest clickbait ever to me. its about finding a way to travel goods from one tight passage to their habituated land. it simply shows how they rob and murder native americans and use the survivors who surrender as blood hounds to sniff out the next tribes. it doesnt matter if its english or french or whatever colonies land in the newly found america they just do the exact same horrible genocide coating it with the glorious name of colonization. it was honestly a shit book with unrelatable characters and its was just overall horrible.  i gave it 1 star on goodreads and im only keeping my copy because it looks good.

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