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".--Toby Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
one of the best environmental books that I have read by a man who obviously combines strong technical knowledge with passion for naturePublished 15 months ago by Don McPhee
Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the world we live in. The book is fascinating in it's extensive treatment of diverse subjects - the history of the arctic... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. Jeff Allan
I brought this book for my son who is a keen cyclist and avid reader...it was on his Amazon wish list. He is very pleased.Published on 6 May 2013 by Mrs W