On the central and north coast of British Columbia, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, containing more organic matter than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet. The area plays host to a wide range of species, from thousand-year-old western cedars to humpback whales to iconic white Spirit bears.
According to local residents, another giant is said to live in these woods. For centuries people have reported encounters with the Sasquatch–a species of hairy bipedal man-apes said to inhabit the deepest recesses of this pristine wilderness. Driven by his own childhood obsession with the creatures, John Zada decides to seek out the diverse inhabitants of this rugged and far-flung coast, where nearly everyone has a story to tell, from a scientist who dedicated his life to researching the Sasquatch, to members of the area’s First Nations, to a former grizzly bear hunter-turned-nature tour guide. With each tale, Zada discovers that his search for the Sasquatch is a quest for something infinitely more complex, cutting across questions of human perception, scientific inquiry, indigenous traditions, the environment, and the power and desire of the human imagination to believe in–or reject–something largely unseen.
Teeming with gorgeous nature writing and a driving narrative that takes us through the forests and into the valleys of a remote and seldom visited region, In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond sheds light on what our decades-long pursuit of the Sasquatch can tell us about ourselves and invites us to welcome wonder for the unknown back into our lives.
Review of In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of Sasquatch
This book highlights the stories of ordinary people who have crossed the Sasquatch path. Or Sasquatch has crossed their path. It is filled with picturesque scenery described by someone who appreciates the great outdoors. It contains compelling narratives that detail the author’s investigation into the elusive facts about Sasquatch. As someone who generally sticks to fiction, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.
Incorporating the research of many cryptozoologists and big foot enthusiasts with his own experiences, Mr. Zada skillfully lays out the facts and the questions and allows the reader to consider all the angles, speculate and decide.
Whether you are a believer in, want to believe in, need proof of, or absolutely deny the existence of Big Foot, In The Valleys of the Noble Beyond is a beautiful read.
The publisher provided a galley of this book through a giveaway. My review is my honest opinion.
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