Arctic Dreams

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Random House, Aug 26, 2011 - Travel - 496 pages
94 Reviews
Winner of the National Book Award and a best-seller upon publication in 1986, Arctic Dreams is now acknowledged as a classic, a book that re-defined the genre of nature writing. In prose of transparent beauty, Lopez celebrates the Arctic landscape and the animals and people that live there. He recounts massive migrations by land, sea and air, the epic voyages of explorers, distant mountain that is actually a looming mirage. But he also looks deep into our dreams and the strange fascination that the Arctic exerts over our imaginations. Why do we find such a hostile, elemental environment so beautiful, so full of magic, so rich in ideas about how we should live our lives?

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Lopez is a fantastic writer. - Goodreads
Too much beautiful prose by the author. - Goodreads
This book is both evocative and educational. - Goodreads
Stunningly beautiful nature writing. - Goodreads
Such a vivid depiction of landscape and adventure. - Goodreads
A great piece of science/nature writing - Goodreads

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Kind of magical. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Barry Lopez is the author of six works of non-fiction and eight works of fiction. His writing appears regularly in Harper's, The Paris Review, Orion, and The Georgia Review. He is the recipient of a National Book Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and other honours. Lopez lives in western Oregon.

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