In The Lost and Found Journal of a Miner 49er (Vol. 1), Jack Dublin guides us through a world of fantasy and folklore stretching from the shores of Australia to the Island of California. Along the way, we encounter all manner of mythical creatures, from the self-consumed phoenix and red-haired giants, to a talking coyote and the dreaded Canyon Sphinx. We peer into the exploits of powerful rulers and infamous outlaws, who—though their names be lost to history—are no less important to the fabric of civilization than Abraham Lincoln and Jesse James. At the end of our journey, we have come face to face with a history far different from what we learned in school, but with a deepened faith in God, our imaginations ablaze for the next adventure.
Volume 1 represents hand-picked entries from a cache of journals Mr. Dublin claims to have discovered in the Grand Canyon in 2013. Forensic evidence (if it actually exists) would seem to support his conclusion that the author of the journals, whose Christian name was Cody Kirschenbaum, is none other than the Miner 49er from the American folk song Oh, My Darling, Clementine. Long believed to be fictional characters, Kirschenbaum and his daughter Clementine emerge from the manuscript as flesh-and-bone colonizers from a forgotten epoch, driven by their faith in the pursuit of riches and redemption.
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