igurd Olson, who abandoned the academic life for the wilderness and is the author of The Singing Wilderness, Listening Point, The Lonely Land, is known by the onorific title of The Bourgeois, trusted leader in the wild to voyageurs. In this keyed reminiscence, almost deliberately paced to transmit serenity, his life in the North gives rise to rumination-- in particular, on the nature of our sterile modern life and the meaning of the wilderness for us today (""Such a land, I feel, should stay as it is, and fulfill its highest use for mankind as a reminder of a irgin continent""). The author turns to two regions for his wayfaring: Le Beau ys, the Quetico-Superior lake country at the Minnesota-Ontario border, where he was watched a hunting moon in October, dug a four foot well, picked and boiled ranberries, made a woodshed, trailed a wounded buck and observed the natural cycle-- all with appreciation; and the Pays d'en Haut, the country Northwest of Lake Superior stretching far into Canada, and to the Yukon and Alaska. Here are more demanding pleasures as he traverses the divide that makes voyageurs hommes du nord; runs the iffles of Great Bear River to the Mackenzie. Only for the philosophical lover of the outdoors.