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Herbert applies a photographers 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 Herberts descriptions are frequently lyrical, tersely poetic, never maudlin... an accessible delight. -- Scotland on Sunday, November 28, 2004
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.See all Product Description