Tumblehome: Meditations and Lore from a Canoeist's Life


138 pages
ISBN 0-00-200069-5
DDC 797.1'22'092




Reviewed by Janet Money

Janet Money is a writer and policy analyst for the Canadian Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation in Toronto.


In his third book, Canadian canoe authority James Raffan celebrates the
river, the canoe, and the human experience of both in simple and deeply
evocative essays. His account of meeting an Arctic wolf when “nature
calls” him from his tent one night is used to point out the vital
importance of staying in touch with the animate world. But Raffan
doesn’t preach; he just calmly makes a point, and moves on. Canoeing
with a man summoned by Hollywood to teach a couple of stars to paddle,
the author meditates on the fact that children now experience adventure
and excitement only in virtual settings, or in movie theatres. This
thoughtful, insightful book will appeal to anyone who loves the


Raffan, James., “Tumblehome: Meditations and Lore from a Canoeist's Life,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 13, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/7177.