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This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland - Gretel Ehrlich
This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland
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For the last decade, Gretel Ehrlich has been obsessed by an island, a terrain, a culture, and the treacherous beauty of a world that is defined by ice. In This Cold Heaven she combines the story of her travels with history and cultural anthropology to reveal a Greenland that few of us could... show more
For the last decade, Gretel Ehrlich has been obsessed by an island, a terrain, a culture, and the treacherous beauty of a world that is defined by ice. In This Cold Heaven she combines the story of her travels with history and cultural anthropology to reveal a Greenland that few of us could otherwise imagine.Ehrlich unlocks the secrets of this severe land and those who live there; a hardy people who still travel by dogsled and kayak and prefer the mystical four months a year of endless darkness to the gentler summers without night. She discovers the twenty-three words the Inuit have for ice, befriends a polar bear hunter, and comes to agree with the great Danish-Inuit explorer Knud Rasmussen that “all true wisdom is only to be found far from the dwellings of man, in great solitudes.” This Cold Heaven is at once a thrilling adventure story and a meditation on the clarity of life at the extreme edge of the world.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679758525 (0679758526)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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5.0 This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland
Beautifully written, poetic prose from an author who is completely in love with Greenland and the arctic
Osho
Osho rated it
Greenland. She doesn't live in Greenland, but clearly has spent considerable time there over many years, and eaten a great deal of raw seal while crouched in the lee of a glacier, which is good enough for me.Ehrlich's account of her multiple trips to Greenland is a bit like hallucinatory/incantatory...
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