Arctic Dreams

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Random House, Aug 26, 2011 - Travel - 496 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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User Review  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

"There is something of the original creation here." Written with brilliant foresight in 1986 as a testimonial to beauty, solitude, wisdom, science, and truth, not as the eulogy which has become, Barry ... Read full review

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

Many reviewers have opined about how lyrical “Arctic Dreams” is and I have to agree; Lopez has the soul of a poet as he describes the Arctic’s beauty and terror and his own feelings about the points ... Read full review

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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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