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By Allan Casey

Winner of the Governor General's award for Nonfiction

In this wry, sensual, and interesting trip into the best lake kingdom on the earth, Allan Casey examines how lakes offer an open door to desert for commonplace humans, how our private relationships with nature might be solid on their beaches. it's a story of desire and danger mixed, for our colonization of the lakeshore can slash the very characteristics that draw us there from the city—beauty, purity, simplicity.

Casey encounters cottagers, boat captains, marathon swimmers, Aboriginal fishery managers, hermits, and travelers. via his sharply drawn characters, vigorous storytelling, and intimate evocation of untamed attractiveness, he celebrates the wealthy tradition and unsung attractiveness of lakeland. Decrying reckless improvement in a paradise frequently taken without any consideration, Casey tempers evangelical outrage with deep compassion. frequently funny, consistently thought-provoking, Lakeland should still discover a position in each lakeside cottage, within the nook of each tent.

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