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The Last Kings of Thule: With the Polar Eskimos, as They Face Their Destiny

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« On ne peut connaître un pays par la simple science. C'est un instrument trop exact et trop dur... Seul le marin connaît l'archipel. » Ainsi parlait Giono. Ainsi procéda le géographe Jean Malaurie qui, depuis vingt ans, partage, au cours de missions répétées, la dure vie des Esquimaux en des lieux privilégiés du détroit de Behring au Groenland.
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Paperback, 489 pages
Published October 21st 1985 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1955)
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Engelbert Humperdinck
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Second favourite non-fiction.
James Millikan SJ
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The anthropological insights of this text are very interesting and presented in a scholarly yet accessible manner. The decision to blend that academic work with the author's autobiographical writings, however, made the book a bit too longwinded. I understand that an earlier version of The Last Kings of Thule was nearly half the length; my suggestion would be to seek out that first text for a more concise treatment. ...more
Stuart
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A compelling, incisive and above-all thorough look at the Inuk of Northern Greenland. Very french and very entertaining. Worth a read as an adventure tale, as an ethnographic study, as an indictment of cold war imperialism, as a study on the interactions of modern capitalism with an archaic hunter society.
Sophie
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent livre, documentaire, exploration, réflexion!
Bien plus qu’un simple livre, l’écrivain ethnologue et géomorphologue nous emmène dans son aventure de la connaissance des Inuits, leur histoire, culture, traditions, spiritualité et leur complexité.
La fin du livre est une véritable réflexion sur les enjeux de la préservation des peuples indigènes et de l’environnement.
Aurelie V
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book !
YJJ
Majestueux. A lire absolument!
Brendan
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
In 1950, Malaurie, a French geographer/ethnographer, spent a year living with the most northern people on Earth - the Inughuit - while he mapped the northern reaches of Greenland and recorded their disappearing lifestyle. From hunting techniques and remarkable ice sea crossings to Canada, to consensual partner swapping to stay sane through the interminably long, dark winters, it is the irrepressible personalities of the Eskimos that really shine in this memorable book. The account finishes with ...more
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