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This extraordinary classic has been variously acclaimed as one of the great books of adventure, travel, anthropology, and spiritual awakening. In 1938 and 1939, a French nobleman spent fifteen months living among the Inuit people of the Arctic. He was at first appalled by their way of life: eating rotten raw fish, sleeping with each others' wives, ignoring schedules, and helping themselves to his possessions. Indeed, most Europeans would be overwhelmed merely by the smells Poncins encountered in the igloos. But as de Poncins's odyssey continues, he is transformed from Kabloona, the White Man, an uncomprehending outsider, to someone who finds himself living, for a few short months, as Inuk: a man, preeminently. He opens his eyes to the world around him, a harsh but beautiful world unlike any other, and allows himself to be fully immersed in its culture.
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Gontran de Poncins was a restless French aristocrat who gave up careers as an artist and a businessman to become a freelance journalist. After traveling the world, he returned to wartime France in 1940 and died in 1962. He is the author of Kabloona, The Ghost Voyage Out of Eskimo Land, and From a Chinese City: In the Heart of Peacetime Vietnam.
Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the "Best Voices of the Century" and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.From AudioFile:
This 1941 account of Gontran de Poncins's time with the Inuits is fascinating. Poncins describes his experiences with these people vividly as he encounters a radically different life from anything he has ever known before. Grover Gardner changes his delivery to match the varied terrain Poncins covers. Sounding at home in Inuit, Gardner also sounds worldly, disgusted, freezing, and fascinated in smooth and easy succession. The only element of the narrative Gardner doesn't bring fully to life is Poncins's exhaustion; his voice always sounds too rich and cultured to reflect fatigue. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Blackstone Audiobooks, 2005. Audio Cassette. Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 8.90x6.70x1.30 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 078612914X