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A Claim on Klondyke A Romance of the Arctic El Dorado by Edward Roper

In Edward Roper's gripping novel, readers are transported to the icy landscapes of the Klondyke, where a captivating tale of adventure, love, and resilience unfolds. Set against the backdrop of the infamous Arctic gold rush, 'A Claim on Klondyke' weaves a compelling narrative that will keep readers engrossed from beginning to end.

The story centers around the enigmatic character of Arthur Phelps, a determined and ambitious young man who embarks on a treacherous journey to the heart of the Arctic wilderness in search of riches. Roper masterfully describes the harsh realities encountered by those who challenged the unforgiving terrain, allowing readers to experience the bone-chilling cold, treacherous ice fields, and dangerous avalanches alongside Arthur and his comrades.

Amid his struggle for survival, Arthur encounters a remarkable cast of characters who bring the story to life. From daring prospectors and shrewd businessmen to strong-willed women seeking their own fortunes, each individual adds depth and complexity to the narrative. Among them is the spirited and fearless Kate, a unique heroine who defies societal norms to pursue her dreams in the Klondyke. The evolving relationship between Arthur and Kate adds a touch of romance and tenderness to the story, offering a respite from the harsh realities of their surroundings.

One of the novel's strongest attributes is Roper's vivid and evocative writing style. His descriptions not only bring the landscapes of the Arctic to life but also enable readers to feel the characters' emotions and experiences. Whether it be the adrenaline-fueled excitement of a gold discovery or the heart-wrenching despair of losing a comrade, Roper's prose engages the readers on a deeply emotional level, drawing them into the narrative with every turn of the page.

'A Claim on Klondyke' is not solely a tale of adventure but also a reflection on the human spirit and the pursuit of dreams. As Arthur and his companions face insurmountable challenges, they must confront their own fears, desires, and moral dilemmas. Roper skillfully delves into the complexities of his characters, exploring their motivations and personal growth throughout the narrative.

While the novel is undeniably a gripping and captivating read, it is not without its flaws. At times, the pacing feels uneven, with certain sections moving at a slower pace while others race ahead. Additionally, some characters and their storylines could have been further developed, giving readers a deeper understanding of their motivations and contributions to the overarching plot.

In conclusion, Edward Roper's 'A Claim on Klondyke' is an enthralling novel that transports readers to the Arctic expanse of the gold rush era. With its exceptional writing, richly developed characters, and immersive storytelling, this book is a captivating tribute to the adventurers and dreamers who risked it all in the Klondyke. Despite a few minor shortcomings, Roper's novel is a worthy addition to any reader's collection, promising an absorbing journey through the icy heart of the Arctic El Dorado.

First Page:

[Illustration: Cover art]

[Frontispiece: ALONE IN THE VAST SOLITUDE.]

A CLAIM ON KLONDIKE

A Romance

OF

THE ARCTIC EL DORADO

BY

EDWARD ROPER, F.R.G.S.

AUTHOR OF

'BY TRACK AND TRAIL THROUGH CANADA,' ETC., ETC.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS

EDINBURGH AND LONDON

MDCCCXCIX

All Rights reserved

ILLUSTRATIONS.

ALONE IN THE VAST SOLITUDE . . . . . . Frontispiece

SHOOTING MYLES CAÑON

LAKE LA BARGE

FIVE FINGERS RAPIDS

ON THE YUKON AT THE MOUTH OF THE KLONDYKE RIVER

OUR DUG OUT, OUR TUNNEL, AND OUR SLUICE

"WHEN SHE APPEARED AGAIN I WAS GREATLY EMBARRASSED"

MAY AND I IN THE DUG OUT

"IT WAS A MELANCHOLY UNDERTAKING"

"WELCOME, FRIENDS."

A CLAIM ON KLONDYKE

PREAMBLE.

Somewhere near midnight in January 1897, a man important to this little history stood on an expanse of glittering snow, amidst low forest covered hills and rugged mountains which were draped in the same white garb. He was looking eagerly towards the north west, and was listening intently.

This man was muffled to the eyes in furs, he wore a rough bearskin coat, and his head was enveloped in a huge capote. He wore snow shoes, and a gun lay across his arm.

A grand long haired dog was by his side; he was listening, seemingly as intently as his master... Continue reading book >>




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