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THIS COLD HEAVEN: Seven Seasons in Greenland Paperback – 1 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007291906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007291908
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A passionately written account…It could well be one of the last portraits of a land and a way of life that is about to be lost forever.' The Times

'Beautifully written…her book is a celebration of place and people that makes almost nostalgic reading as the planet warms, icebergs melt and the Inuit – and seals and polar bears – wonder how long their way of life will last.’ Financial Times

‘A lyrical but marvellously unsentimental account.’ John Burnside

‘Her enthusiasm is infectious and her indomitable determination to make a record of a culture under threat is admirable.’ Evening Standard

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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 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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