This Cold Heaven

This Cold Heaven

Seven Seasons in Greenland

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books 2001
ISBN: 9780679758525
0679758526
9780679442004
0679442006
Characteristics: 377 p. : ill. 24 cm

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SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

A contemplative and lyrical account of Ehrlich’s repeated visits to northwestern Greenland. As she lives with Inuit families and travels with hunters on dogsled, she interweaves her own story with that of the great half-Danish/half-Inuit explorer and ethnographer Knud Rasmussen.

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