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People of the Deer by Farley Mowat
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Apr 19, 12

bookshelves: nonfiction, 20th-century, arctic, read-in-2012, gutenberg-org-free-books, travel
Read from April 07 to 19, 2012

Twenty-first century man doesn't goes out into the wilderness without a flight plan, GPS, satellite phones, emergency SOS beacons, a corporate sponsor. So, we ratchet up the risk level to compensate. Blind climbers on Everest, kayaks dropping down 189 foot waterfalls, swimming from Cuba.

This is the adventure tale of an old skool mid-20th century guy who just went out there to a blank spot on a map to see what was out there and report back. Let's just say he had no plan B. The author who wrote a number of first person sub-Arctic adventures has been challenged as to whether or not he actually did the things he said he did. But the story feels very real and is very engaging. It is a tale of an outsider trying to understand a foreign culture, so you have to accept that the author is struggling with his interpretations and will get things wrong.

I felt that a walked away with some small understanding of what these people's lives were like.
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