Running Rain, a novel from Ernst Hanisch

Ernst first saw the Rockies as a POW at  Camp 130 in the Kananaskis Valley and was hooked. After the war he returned, met his wife here and  raised a family. All the while he continued to enjoy the mountains, he and his wife taking up scrambling in their 70s when most people are going on cruises. He is particularly interested in the culture of the First Nations and this is what his new book is about, about the coming of age of a young Kootenay boy, later to be named Running Rain. The slow passing  of the seasons and  the descriptions of the country — all very familiar to Ernst, are beautifully  evoked as the young man  “learns the lessons  that will mold him into a man he is to become, a man with knowledge of the World, a consciousness  of right and wrong, and, most importantly, respect and humility for the land that nourished him.”

Running RainAnother theme running throughout the book is one of  loss: loss of the boy’s family,  his mentor, his faithful dog (at Running Rain Lake) and the animals he must kill for food, but most of all, perhaps, for the loss of the nomadic way of life which we all know is coming when the white man appears towards the end of the book.

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2 comments… add one
  • Alf Skrastins Nov 28, 2013, 12:21 am

    …and how about thinning out some of the trees to return the historical view to the viewpoint!

  • thepassionatehiker Nov 27, 2013, 7:17 pm

    Just coincidentally I was thinking abut the prisoner of war camp this past weekend on my snowshoe journey up Skogan Trail to Hummingbird Plume Lookout. This building looks in worse shape every time I go up there, but this time, it only seems to be held together by the lightning cables and the place is close to collapse. I wondered what fellow travellers might feel about having a simple lookout/gazebo structure erected in the clearing at the top of the Sunburst/HighLevel trail to replace the POW-built shack so that the historical link isn’t lost. And it is a great destination, with a fine view of the Valley if you walk a few yards through the trees.

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