“The Man Called Red” is an autobiography about my Grandfather, N.B. “Red” Sorensen, written and published by himself. It’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little biased but it’s an excellent book about a man who lived a life and lifestyle that many can only sit back and dream about. No, it wasn’t a wealthy life or one of someone who travelled around the globe, it’s rather a story of someone who grew up in a much simpler time, without the hustle and bustle of our fast paced society today.
From saying goodbye to his family to join the travelling circus and exhibition at only 13 to homesteading off the remote Alaska Highway to becoming an accomplished bush pilot (walking away from a few crashes) and eventually cementing his name among some of the other very well known “old time” outfitters who helped pioneer our north country and the hunting industry in British Columbia.
From as far back as I can remember, my Grandpa was a hero of mine. I’d spend the entire school year down on the Island, day dreaming about “The Ranch” which was their base camp at mile 442 on the Alaska Highway. It would always take a few days for us to travel there at the end of every school year but once we arrived we could count on having many adventures throughout the summer.
He’d fly us kids around the mountains in his supercub (me mostly haha!), we’d ride horses in packstrings, go fishing in untouched rivers and lakes, play in the hot springs and for me personally I got to learn about hunting and the outdoors from a perspective that many young people don’t get today.
It was an experience that would captivate and contribute to shaping the life of any young man and to this day those experiences are some of my most memorable and keep drawing me back to that area year after year for new experiences. The book was a great read for me because aside from the trip down memory lane, I learned a lot about my Grandpa that he just never said or told us as kids.
He lived a different live and did the best he could, with what he knew how.
If you enjoy tales of outdoor adventures, enduring life’s hardships, funny stories and the occasional hunting tale mixed in, then this would be a fantastic book for you or a loved one if you know anyone who enjoys reading about some of the colorful characters that have helped shape our province and it’s many diverse industries!
Buy The Man Called Red Here
(My Grandpa Red Self Publishes This Book – It’s Best To Buy Direct From Him)
Lois Phypers says
I just finished the book, I so enjoyed it. The book says he bought property in Creston, Bc. I live in Creston and am interested to know if your Grandpa still owns the property and where it is.
Hi Lois, Yes he is still located in Creston, down by the Goat River. He is often at the local farmers markets in Creston if you’d like to meet him.
CA Bowes says
What a life story! What a woman Agnes was! I could not put the book down…reading it into the wee hours of the morning when I should have been sleeping. I finished it in two days. I kept reading snatches of it to my husband until he told me to finish it quickly so he could just read it for himself! We have now added a trip up the Alaska Highway to Red Sorensen country to our bucket list as we must see it for ourselves! Marvelous book!!
Thank you for the feedback! Glad you enjoyed the book.
Trish N. says
Is this book still available to purchase? It sounds so interesting and good. Perfect read for my husband, and I’d probably enjoy also.
Please let me know, thanks.
Colin Peterson says
I’m reading the book just now and love every word. Your grandfather was a remarkable man. I used to hunt a lot when I was younger but we don’t have mountain sheep or goats in Manitoba! I hope he is keeping well.