This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland

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Fourth Estate, Jan 1, 2008 - Greenland - 400 pages
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For the last decade, Gretel Ehrlich has been obsessed by an island, a terrain, a culture, and the treacherous beauty of a world that is defined by ice. In This Cold Heaven she combines the story of her travels with history and cultural anthropology to reveal a Greenland that few of us could otherwise imagine.
Ehrlich unlocks the secrets of this severe land and those who live there; a hardy people who still travel by dogsled and kayak and prefer the mystical four months a year of endless darkness to the gentler summers without night. She discovers the twenty-three words the Inuit have for ice, befriends a polar bear hunter, and comes to agree with the great Danish-Inuit explorer Knud Rasmussen that " all true wisdom is only to be found far from the dwellings of man, in great solitudes." This Cold Heaven is at once a thrilling adventure story and a meditation on the clarity of life at the extreme edge of the world.

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As usual, beautiful writing by a fine American writer. - Goodreads
Lyrical, poetic prose and plenty of sled dogs. - Goodreads
Beautiful writing, compelling subject. - Goodreads
The writing is beautiful as well as the subject matter. - Goodreads

Review: This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland

User Review  - Terrie Schweitzer - Goodreads

What a brilliant book. Ehrlich combines a history of non-indigenous arctic exploration with her experiences living with Innuit hunting families and traveling by dogsled into remote areas of Greenland ... Read full review

Review: This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland

User Review  - itpdx - Goodreads

Ehrlich is a poet and it shows. There are many lyrical and profound descriptions in this book. I enjoyed the recounting of Knud Ramussen and Peter Freuchen's travels. Their and Ehrlich's insights into ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Gretel Ehrlich is the author of many works of non-fiction, fiction and poetry, including A Match to the Heart (Fourth Estate 1995) The Solace of Open Spaces; Heart Mountain; and Islands, the Universe, Home. She divides her time between California and Wyoming.

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