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
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9780375727481
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.

Aug 24, 2017

Like me, should you live in a temperate latitude of towering vegetation, yet feel compelled to roam alpine, glacially-ravaged & foreboding landscapes....
-If you're fascinated by wild creatures that have adapted to one of the most precarious edges of survival on the planet....
-If you relate to the courage of early explorers, who dared to go where maps denoted the unknown as "here be Dragons"....
-If you're awed by surveying vast horizons, yet appreciate that such openness also accommodates weather so enveloping, it can render an outstretched 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 those attributes 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.
RIP Mr. Lopez


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