A Year in Lapland: Guest of the Reindeer Herders
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A Year in Lapland: Guest of the Reindeer Herders

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As a young man Hugh Beach went to live with the Saami reindeer hunters of Swedish Lapland. His lyrically written and very personal story of trying to fit into the herding way of life is a rare insider's account of the Saami. In a passionate and informed Afterword to this new edition of the book, he revisits his old friends and looks at how Sweden is attempting to balance t...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by University of Washington Press
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fantastic. made me feel like i was at home away from home.
This is an engaging read, but one where you really see the author is searching for an experience to match his idea of what Sami culture is. This is a weakness with people researching things they love - their preconceived view of that thing may not be what that thing truly is and so is a flawed lens.

The details about how the homes are set up and the way people interact is romanticly beautiful and there are useful and practical descriptions of things like how to fish.

It's a snap shot of a certain...more
Mar 17, 2008 Leslie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a great book for anyone wanting to learn a little more about an area of world that is untraveled by most Americans. I found the writers words to efficient yet not cause for ennui. Just like the Swedes. He describes his account of traveling through Swedeish Lapland over one summer in the 70's while tracking reindeer.
I read this because I was a big fan of his brother's books and was pleasantly surprised. It made me want to spend time with the Lapps. Farley Mowat is the only other author of this genre that is this good that I have read.
Interesting read, but skipped through the parts and photos about killing animals. Otherwise a decent book and informative about the Sami culture.
The writings of the author gave me a better insight of the living and working by the Sami people.
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