The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving A Grizzly Attack In The Canadian Tundra
ISBN: 1094091243
EAN13: 9781094091242
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 10, 2020
Pages: 16
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A six-hundred-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a seventeen-year-old's dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it's all about staying alive.

This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts seventeen-year-old Alex Messenger's near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive. Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border.

The Twenty-Ninth Day is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial by fire of the human spirit.

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   So real, an amazing story of survival
Very well written, you can feel the extraordinary effort that these young men put into their canoe trip. And the bear's approach and eventual attack was heart-stopping and left me in sympathetic pain. Well done.
This was written in the first person, which I personally don 't care for, and it took just forever to get to the attack. It was just boring, but I think I was expecting something like the scene from the revenant!
   Good story
The author writes with a tremendous eloquence. Though much of it is about the landscape around him, his riveting encounter with the bear and subsequent surgeries while on the trip were harrowing.
Quite an experience for high school students to strike into unknown territory. You have to be brave and skilled with a canoe.
   Good read
The only thing I did not like about this book was the filthy language that was used at some times. I actually enjoyed the rest of the book. I hope from that time Alex has become a Christian-believing Bible.
   Whoa Bear!!!
Six guys are on a wilderness adventure in the far north and encounter danger at every turn and turn, including a near death experience with the grizzly bear. Try stopping at bedtime to read this.
   Excellent book about adventure and fortitude
The best book I read in a long time. The bravery of Alex and Mike-Alex for dealing with the bear attack, Mike for his attention and caretaking, is an example for all of us on how to care for each other and overcome adversity. Alex, thanks for sharing your story.
   More than just a bear attack
This is a detailed-packed account of survival in the Canadian tundra, with deep considerations of the distant past and the natural world. Premonitions and near-miss situations abound, and the author lived to tell the story. Black & White quotes and thought-provoking photography lead the chapters up, with more of his work at the end. Thank you Alex, may your words inspire and thrill future explorers. Yes, you came through all these things for a reason.
   Misleading cover.
I bought this book eagerly, thinking that this would be more about the bear than this kid going on and on and on and on and on about paddling techniques, meals while camping and the endless detailed passages about his friend cleaning his wound. Why the hell did they not call as soon as they could for an airlift? Why would you die in the world from an infection or worse rabies just to finish a canoe trip? Talk about being self-absorbed. This book was a study in self-absorption for the whole. I had to force myself to finish it, as I thought it might get better. Don 't waste your money. If you want to know more about bears, buy bear biologist Stephen Herrero's Bear Attacks their causes and avoidance. If you are looking for a better read about bears, you won 't find a better read.
The author was brave and suffered much from the bear attack. Also very heroic was Alex, who took care of the bears and tended to Dan.