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Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape Library Binding – 2 Oct 2001

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  • Library Binding: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (2 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613999266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613999267
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,290,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The European picture of the Arctic is usually of snow and ice: the inhospitability of the terrain and the frigid wastes of the tundra contribute to our incapacity to imagine ordinary life there. In this magisterial book Barry Lopez draws on this hazy understanding of the far north to provide a compelling account of the land and its hold upon the psyche.

It is a book which could be compared to Chatwin's The Songlines for its combination of travelogue and poetic vision. Yet the beauty of the prose and the thought-provoking evocations of modern culture's shifting relationship with the environment are in a league of their own. Here are sparkling descriptions of the lives of caribou, muskoxen, polar bears and narwhals, and extraordinarily moving passages which meditate on the nature of our relationship with the world, the inter-dependence of ideas, desire and science and the possibility of dignity and compassion in the contemporary world.

It is a measure of the respect which Lopez has for his subject that his book exemplifies the supreme importance which he ascribes to the ethics of respect in the face of all existential paradox:

"There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of a leaning into the light".
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"The Arctic dreamland seen and described by a writer of rare perception and poetic descriptive power... The pages sparkle with Arctic light" (David Stephen Scotsman)

"A marvellous evocation of the Arctic by a naturalist, who is part poet... A magical book to read slowly and savour" (Gillian Somerville-Large Irish Times)

"Barry Lopez by some rare magic manages to combine a poetic vision with accuracy of observation; and although he writes mainly about Eskimos, polar bears, and other denizens of the frozen north, many of his perceptive insights apply the world over" (Paula Johnson Mail on Sunday)

"Dazzling... Treats the distant, snowy world of the Arctic as a place that exists not only in the mathematics of geography but also in the terra incognita of our imaginations" (Michiko Kakutani New York Times)

"By what comes close to sheer magic, the magic of a highly literate and perceptive naturalist, Barry Lopez has transformed the austerity and Sibelius-like gloom of the tundra and great ice walls into a living pageant of high latitudes. This book will become a classic within its genre" (John Hillaby) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2001
Format: Paperback
This book gives you a great insight into the Arctic wilderness and the animals which habit it. There is a good level of scientific content but it is so well written that you don't tend to notice it, although it wouldn't really count as light reading because to get the most out of it you have to concentrate. But still an amazing book and well worth the effort.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jan. 2009
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A beautiful book. Takes quite a bit of concentrated reading but provokes deep thought and contemplation: well worth the effort
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pat Pelton on 22 Sept. 2011
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I first read this book in 1988 and was astounded. The chapter on ice and light is an incredible piece of work. I pulled it out again when a friend asked about the nature of magnetic north. 23 years after I read the book, I still remembered that there was a discussion of this in there. After looking through it, I am astounded again by its thoroughness and beauty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NickyS on 22 Jun. 2011
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This is a book about how to live a good life, how to believe, how to think outside the box we live in everyday. It's humbling and extraordinary. The sort of book you want everyone you care about to read.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun. 1998
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This is not just a great book about the Artic, but a handbook for how to move through and observe wilderness and areas of unspoiled natural beauty. Lopez knows more about the interdependence of the human and natural worlds than any other writer I know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bertha Barlow on 27 Mar. 2014
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I have not read the whole book, but dipped into it for the insight
into inuit culture. It was excellent giving an awareness of a
whole different world of perception, how the inuit view the world
from inside their own being and project outwards.
It is thoughtful and well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mc on 23 Oct. 2013
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The chapter on migration is phenomenal. The way he describes the aboriginal hunter's mindset hit home with me and when people ask me why I hunt i refer them to this chapter. I can't simply go out for the morning or the evening and it's not just about harvesting an animal. I have to be dropped off in the middle of nowhere and after about a week or two you switch over to a different reality. Methods of communication change and I find myself going for long periods of time without saying a word and it's the only time I've ever been able to shut down the internal dialog in my head. Well done Mr. Lopez.
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