This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland

This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland

Bücher Details

  • Titel:This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland
  • Dateiname: this-cold-heaven-seven-seasons-in-greenland.pdf
  • ISBN: 2159541841157228
  • Datum des Hochladens: 2020-01-15
  • Anzahl der Seiten: 688 Seiten
  • Autor: Gretel Ehrlich
  • Verlag: Gretel Ehrlich


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Pressestimmen The author's account of travelling in Greenland the largest island on earth and covered by a vast sheet of ice except for a very small portion. Many of the Greenlanders have kept their traditional way of life and still hunt on sleds made from whale and caribou with packs of dogs. We learn about the great explorer Knud Rasmussen who was born in 1879 and was driving his own dogsled by the time he was 10. Ehrlich also relates tales of the ordinary men and women who brave this awe-inspiring land including one who has shot two husbands dead for trivial reasons and is now in 'lock-up'. This truly remarkable country is the perfect setting for a wonderful blend of travel and adventure. Synopsis In a tribute to the far latitudes Gretel Ehrlich travels across Greenland the largest island on earth. All but five percent of the island is covered by a vast ice sheet an enduring remnant of the last ice age. Despite a uniquely hostile environment it has been inhabited continuously for thousands of years. Greenlanders retain many of their traditional practices. Some still hunt on sleds made from whale and caribou with packs of dogs; others fashion harpoons from Narwhal tusks; and entranced shamans make soul fights under the ice. The modern population lives on the edge of a stone- and ice-age world and has reached a unique understanding of it. Ehrlich mixes stories of European anthropologists who have recorded the ways of the Inuit with artists who have lived briefly on Greenland's fringe in order to try to capture its extraordinary pure light. She travels across this unearthly landscape in the company of men and women who have a deep bond with it and with them she discovers the realm of the Great Dark ice pavilions polar bears and Eskimo nomads. She learns about hunting and endurance Inuit languages legends and ghosts.Conjuring up Greenland's cruel beautiful landscape she shows that it is a land endowed with magical and mysterious properties. St Brendan the sixth century Irish monk described one of its huge glaciers as 'a floating crystal castle the colour of a silver veil yet hard as marble and the sea around it as smooth as glass and white as milk'. This book shows that it has lost none of its power to enthral. Alle Produktbeschreibungen

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