The Twenty-Ninth Day
Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra
A six-hundred-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a seventeen-year-old’s dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it’s all about staying alive.
This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts seventeen-year-old Alex Messenger’s near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive. Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border.
The Twenty-Ninth Day is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial by fire of the human spirit.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this thrilling memoir, an adventure of a lifetime turns very dangerous. Alex Messenger was just 17 when he embarked on a monumental excursion into the Canadian wilderness. Nearly a month into the trip, he was attacked by a grizzly bear—and he recounts his ordeal in vivid detail. Messenger had to rely on his instincts and the dedication of his fellow campers as they faced menacing waters, treacherous storms, and dangerous animals to ferry their injured friend to civilization. We were wowed by Messenger’s narration, which balances frightening events with evocative descriptions of natural beauty. This is an edge-of-your-seat read.
The book cover was very misleading. I was expecting more of a gruesome attack & was hoping to feel inspired by someone overcoming extreme adversity. Definitely didn’t feel that reading this book. The bear attack itself was a very small part of the book & wasn’t as severe as one would expect. Most of the book is about a boring canoeing trip.
The Twenty-Ninth Day
Took way too much time to get to the event. I enjoy back story but I don’t need chapter after chapter describing the canoeing and camping and fishing. And while any bear attack has to be terrifying, this appears to be trying to dramatize this more than it needed to be. It tries to hard to convince us how awful it was when he actually came out of it pretty well.