The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific Northwest, by M. Wylie Blanchet, Seattle, Washington: Seal Press (Adventura Books), Second Edition (March 18, 2002), Paperback, 192 pages, $30.36 (New) $.60 (Used) reviewed by John Hall
“This is the fascinating true adventure story of a woman who packed her five children onto a twenty-five-foot boat and explored the coastal waters of British Columbia summer after summer in the 1920s and 1930s”
Timothy Egan, in his introduction to The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific Northwest, by M. Wylie Blanchet, according Valorie Grace Hallinan June 1, 2012, wrote “Her voice, forty years after her death, is timeless. In the end, I did not want to get off the boat, or let her go.”
M. Wylie Blanchet, (Muriel Wylie Liffiton), a Canadian travel writer, was working on her second book when she died on September 9, 1961. (May 2, 1891 – September 9, 1961) She was 70-years-old. However, for more than a decade, between the end of the First World War and the first years of The Great Depression, Blanchet and her children carved a niche in history.
It was an interesting period, especially in American culture. The ratification 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gave “Women the Right to Vote.” In contrast, it was the height of the “Flappers” and the Jitterbug. The Great Migration was in full swing.
Whidbey Island If you want to read this treasure of a memoir you’ll have to do a bit of work. It’s out of print, so I ordered it from a used bookstore listed on Amazon. I love finding small packages on my doorstep from faraway bookstores.
Blanchet and her five (FIVE!) children spent many summers on their 25-foot boat, the Caprice, exploring the British Columbia coast. This, after Blanchet’s husband had been lost at sea on the Caprice – only the boat was found.