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Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape

Lopez, Barry

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Winner of the National Book Award and a best-seller upon publication in 1986, Arctic Dreams is now acknowledged as a classic, a book that re-defined the genre of nature writing. In prose of transparent beauty, Lopez celebrates the Arctic landscape and the animals and people that live there. He recounts massive migrations by land, sea and air, the epic voyages of explorers, distant mountain that is actually a looming mirage. But he also looks deep into our dreams and the strange fascination that the Arctic exerts over our imaginations. Why do we find such a hostile, elemental environment so beautiful, so full of magic, so rich in ideas about how we should live our lives?

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Based on 15 extended trips to the Canadian far north over a five-year period, Arctic Dreams celebrates the mysteries of what documentarians fondly call "last frontiers." Such places are everywhere in danger of destruction in the interest of ever-elusive economic progress, but Lopez writes no jeremiads. Instead, he aims to foster a kind of learned understanding of wild places, in this case the vast, scarcely knowable northern landscape. Writing of the natural history of the Arctic and its inhabitants--narwhals, polar bears, beluga whales, musk oxen, and caribou among them--Lopez draws powerful lessons from the land and imparts them assuredly and gracefully. Arctic Dreams deservedly won a National Book Award in 1986 when it was first published.

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Barry Lopez has been hailed as a "master  nature writer" by The New York Times  Book Review, and Arctic  Dreams is undoubtedly his masterwork. Set amidst  the shimmering seas of Northern ice,   Arctic Dreams leads readers on a journey of  the mind and heart into a place that grips the  imagination and invigorates the soul. Part adventure  tale and part meditation on the art of  exploration, this magical book dazzles with the wonder of the  aurora borealis; the awesome power of polar bears  and killer whales; the monumental grandeur of  migrating icebergs; and the beauty and nobility of the  Arctic's indigenous people. Evocative and  everlasting, Arctic Dreams is a  classic.

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Published by Harvill Pr (1999)
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