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The Far Islands and Other Cold Places: Travel Essays of a Victorian Lady

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This is the collected travel essays of Elizabeth Taylor, a Victorian adventuress who specialized in traveling to, and writing about, the coldest lands on earth. Throughout her wildly exciting life she collected many 'firsts', including being one of the first recognized explorers of the American Arctic region.The challenge of rugged, cold places was her romance, and her ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Pogo Press
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Casey
Dec 30, 2010 Casey rated it it was amazing
Loved this! An American woman's travel essays from the Victorian era about visiting Norway, Iceland, Canada ... and living in the Faeroe Islands for long stints of time. She seemed genuinely interested in getting to know the places through "regular" people.

An example: The magistrate of the Faeroes offered her a place in his house, but decided to stay with a farmer's family. She said did not imagine she had the proper clothes for the magistrate's entertainment schedule and believed she would be
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Fiona
Dec 07, 2013 Fiona rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the section on the Faroe Islands (comprising just over half of the book) - this is such a fascinating part of the world and having been there myself, including some of the places Elizabeth Taylor visited, it really came alive for me. And what an amazing woman! By today's standards perhaps some of the things she did and the places she visited may not seem all that incredible, but in the Victorian world it was largely unheard of for a single lady to ...more
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Dec 11, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
If you want to read about the Faroe Islands and you don't have fluency in any Scandinavian languages, your choices are limited. Fortunately, this intrepid lady traveler wrote a nice chunk of essays (in English) during her many years there. Warning--the grindadráp (whaling)is pretty vividly described.
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