Arctic Dreams

Arctic Dreams

Imagination and Desire in A Northern Landscape

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This book is an account of the history, ecology, and mystique of the arctic region. The author offers a thorough examination of this obscure world, its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history into a breathtaking study of profound originality is his unique meditation on how the landscape can shape our imagination, desires, and dreams. Its prose as hauntingly pure as the land it describes, and is nothing less than an indelible classic of modern literature.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, [2001]
Edition: First Vintage books edition.
ISBN: 9780375727481
0375727485
9780844672229
084467222X
9781435296145
1435296141
Branch Call Number: 919.8 LOPEZ
Characteristics: xxix, 464 pages : maps ; 21 cm

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JCLFlanneryC Apr 03, 2020

I love travelogues, and I especially love books describing the Arctic and Antarctic, truly two alien terrains on our Planet Earth. Lopez documents the natural, social, and political histories of the Arctic, and "Arctic Dreams" is an incredibly rich book about a very barren place.

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Weyes2Wonder
Aug 24, 2017

Like me, -should you live in a temperate latitude of towering vegetation, yet feel compelled to explore mountainous, glacially-ravaged & foreboding landscapes....
-If you're fascination for wild beasts acknowledges supreme respect, but not at the expense of curiosity...
-If you're awed by surveying vast horizons, yet appreciate that such openness also accommodates weather so enveloping, it can render an outstretched arm...as a ghostly apparition....
-If you do not characterize Winter by its hardships....but instead revel in it's contrasts and rise to its challenges as a measure of will....
What I mean is....
-If you're intriguingly drawn to the environments and creatures indicative of the far North...
In other words....
-If the ARCTIC is in your blood, instinct and memory you can't see, but definitely feel...
Welcome home, my friend.
You may grasp the book.
But "Arctic Dreams" ....WILL EMBRACE YOU.

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