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This Cold Heaven by Gretel Ehrlich
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Jan 31, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: around-the-world, europe, non-fiction, travel

I'm glad it was her, not me! This is a fascinating book, not because I particularly liked the writing style, but because the life was so foreign to me. Freezing cold, nothing to eat but raw seal. In fact, a local delicacy is auk stuffed in seal, left for two months, then eaten. Yum!! :-p The book had a bit too much of the "noble savage" feel in places, but it gives a really good glimpse into a way of life that is changing drastically after thousands of years. It's amazing that people can live that way, and survive under such harsh conditions. I was struck by the observation of one native Greenlander when she lived for a time in Denmark; she said that she felt uncomfortable among trees, because it always felt like she was inside, closed in. She never got the wide open vistas of endless ice that she was used to.
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