I was looking for something specificly about the life of Eskimos, and I was lucky to find this title. Just what I wanted: a thorough account of a Westerner's journey into the Arctic, a detailed description of the Eskimo way of life and way of thinking, by a man who lived for 15 months as one of them, not just as a traveler. Not 1 superfluous word. Everything is informative, enriching, and very clearly written. The book is never boring. I also found it to be spiritually enlightening; an insight into a different outlook on life. The author visited the Eskimos in 1938 but I'd guess life in these regions has not changed much.
The narrator is also very good.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed every minute of this fascinating adventure. His attitude toward the Inuit is less than enlightened (which is not a surprise considering when it was written), but his descriptions of the people and their culture are unsurpassed and never dull or boring. You will want to drag out your map and track his adventure like I did.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I could not put this down. A fascinating tale that made me want to find out more about the author and the subject. The former has written other books thast I have now bought and read as a result of this talking book. A very well worthwhile listen!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The exploration of the inuit was fascinating, even if a little too graphic (guts and all) at times, but I really liked this and I don't often read this type of material. Worth every penny and makes up for the book "so called picked by audible experts list" where a book or choice is too often wasted.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed every minute of this true story and feel it is very relevant despite being written so long ago. I particularly enjoyed seeing the author transition from someone who barely considered the Eskimo as human to someone who gained an understanding of their culture and ways and even began adopting their behaviors as his time among them increased.
With all our political correctness, this is a book that could never have been written today. We would not have been able to really know the whole journey of de Poincins, which is a requisite part of the story.
Very enjoyable and informative and I do recommend it!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful