The Oatmeal Ark: From the Scottish Isles to a Promised Land : After the death of his father, Beagan Gillean finds himself stranded on a wild Scottish island, alone except for a trunk full of three generations of family history. His life adrift on an empty sea, he resolves to retrace the journey his great-grandfather made two hundred years before from the Western Isles to the promised land of Canada. Gillean decides to travel as they did, navigating the old water routes that ribbon through Canada, and a wave-rocked, wind-tossed travel adventure unfolds. In his wake trail three ghosts: his great-grandfather, the minister-mariner; his grandfather, a paddle-wheel publisher; and his father, a boat-building broadcaster. Together they cruise up the Saint Lawrence on a lottery-winner's yacht, canoe through the lonely majesty of the northern woods and cross the Prairies by inflatable dinghy and submarine. A haunting tale of loss and discovery, The Oatmeal Ark is the story of one remarkable family and a candid, beautifully rendered portrait of the country that defined it.
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