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The Explorer's Daughter: A Young Englishwoman Rediscovers Her Arctic Childhood Hardcover – 4 Nov 2004

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 2004 First Edition edition (4 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067091374X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670913749
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Herbert applies a photographer’s eye and an eloquent pen to the beauty of the Arctic landscape’ -- Daily Telegraph, December 14, 2004

‘It is an impressive book, slow-cooked and richly imagined.’ -- The Independent, November 15, 2004

‘[Kari Herbert] paints a vivid portrait… a visceral emotion sets it apart from the standard anthropological tract.’ -- Literary Review, November 1, 2004

‘utterly compelling' -- Geographical Magazine, December 2004

‘…compelling and instructive. Kari Herbert’s descriptions are frequently lyrical, tersely poetic, never maudlin... an accessible delight.’ -- Scotland on Sunday, November 28, 2004

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I was greeted at the summer camp by the smell of death and the gruesome aftermath of a massacre. The scent of the hunt hung heavy and warm on the bitter wind. Two narwhal had been caught and were semi-dissected on the beach. The air was shattered with the shrieks of birds fighting over floating chunks of blubber and fat, and sculptures of meat-clothed vertebrae created a macabre outdoor exhibition. Streams of blood seeped into the crimson-stained waters of the fjord. Beyond the gore, a couple of tiny boxes no bigger than garden sheds stood apologetically on the beach, with the smaller of the two pinioned to the ground with guy ropes to prevent it from scurrying away. This was to be our home.

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By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kari Herbert’s parents aren’t exactly run of the mill. Her father, Sir Wally Herbert is a famous Polar explorer and her mother Marie, an accomplished author.
When she was just ten months old Sir Wally took his young family to live in the High Arctic amongst the remote tribes of Polar Inuit hunters. Kari’s first words were in Inuktun and her small family quickly grew to include an Inuit Grandfather, Aunts, Uncles and many local brothers and sisters. Kari grew up practicing the ways of the Inuit, understanding the fine balance between man and nature and believing that she too belonged to this desolate, but beautiful land. In 2002, after years of residing in London as a successful photographer and travel writer, Kari returned to the Arctic in an attempt to understand her roots, trace her Inuit family and quell the calling of the ice.
This tale of rediscovery is as painful as it is magical as Herbert encounters a people torn between their ancient traditions and the seductions of the modern world. Her last wilderness now contaminated by alcohol, pop music and pre-fabricated housing. Herbert’s absorbing narrative interlaces a perfect balance between historical reference, mystical legend, tragedy and personal adventure to create a spellbinding and addictive read. An exploration of the soul!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason R. Florio on 6 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Herbert takes us through an emotional return to the indigenous
people of her childhood. Not just a personal memoire, but an eye opening insight to the human condition of an ancient society struggling in the wake of the West. A truly fantastic read.
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