The Magnetic North

The Magnetic North

Notes From the Arctic Circle

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Smashing through the Arctic Ocean with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, herding reindeer across the tundra with Lapps and shadowing the Trans-Alaskan pipeline with truckers, Sara Wheeler discovers a complex and ambiguous land belonging both to ancient myth and modern controvery.

The Magnetic North is a spicy confection of history, science and reflection in which Wheeler meditates on the role of the Arctic: fragmented lands which fed imaginations long before the scientists and oilmen showed up (not to mention desperado explorers who ate their own shoes). The Magnetic North tells of all this, plus gulag ghosts, old and new Russia, colliding cultures and bioaccumulated toxins in polar bears.

Chosen as Book of the Year by Will Self, Michael Palin, A. N. Wilson, Robert Carver and others.

Publisher: London :, Jonathan Cape
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781409088806
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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ralphdyer
Nov 11, 2011

Very interesting insight into the myths and realitiies of the North - from a globial perspective as the author moves from Russia westwward around the polar north back to Russia.

Well worth reading!
R

Nov. 11/11

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