By: Charlotte Gray
It is always a delight to read Charlotte Gray. In her book Gold Diggers, she has cut through the romance and mythology of the Klondike gold-rush giving the reader clear, well spoken accounts of the people and events. It is ultimately more interesting and more realistic that way.
Such larger-than-life characters as Jack London, Sam Steel, Father Judge and Belinda Mulroney seem very human and are affected by events as much as they effected them. Add to that, accounts of a few of the gold miners and the problems of such a rapid population growth in a harsh environment and you’re left with a sense of what it may have been like to have actually have been there.
Gray pays homage to the continued appeal of the Klondike Gold Rush by mentioning other great accounts like that written by Pierre Berton. She also doesn’t forget to mention the horrible tole it took on both the indigenous Han and Tagish people and their environment. Gold Diggers is a welcome addition to the subject of the Klondike Gold Rush and to North American history.