Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape

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Harvill, 1999 - Nature - 464 pages
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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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The themes of this book are as vast as the landscape it encompasses. Having lived in the Arctic for long periods of time, Lopez authoritatively conveys an enormous breadth and variety of knowledge ... Read full review

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This is an outstanding book. It is a mixture of history, natural history, science, and exploration....but what makes it special is that it is written with such feeling. The author combines beautiful descriptions and his own emotions as he connects with the Arctic landscape, its animals and its people. A joy to read, and an education rolled into one. 

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About the author (1999)

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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