River Journey - Clarence Jonk (Paperback)

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Barcode
9780873514354
Department
Books
Released
1 Apr 2003
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Clarence Jonk
William Least Heat Moon (Introduction by)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Minnesota Historical Society Press,U.S.
Number of Pages
224
Dimensions
209 x 140 x 4mm (346g)

Summary

Hoping to live rent free on a St. Paul-area lake in hard times, Jonk, a carefree, sometime college student and poet, cobbled together his own houseboat from empty oil drums, scrap lumber, and two old Model T engines. Then, evicted by the local authorities, Jonk hauled his rudderless craft through city traffic to the Mississippi and boldly set out from Minneapolis bound for New Orleans in the chill month of October and into the teeth of an early winter. Accompanied at times by his sweetheart, friends, and a dog, Jonk fell overboard, was almost capsized by a blizzard, encountered hostile moonshiners, and fled angry farmers while scrounging for provisions on shore. Inexperience, hasty plans, and little cash made this 1933 journey a harrowing yet entertaining one as the boat reached La Crosse, Wisconsin, before being locked perilously in shifting ice for the winter.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
History/World
BIC Classification 2
Travel writing
Readership
Professional & Vocational