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A Life in Arctic Alaska

Book - 2009
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Seth Kantner's Ordinary Wolves told the story of a white boy raised in a sod igloo on the Arctic tundra. A heartbreaking vision of a vanishing world, it established Kantner as one of the nation's most original and authentic writers. Here, he returns to the setting of his debut novel with an autobiographical account of his own life in a rapidly changing land. Beginning with his parents' migration to the Alaskan wilderness in the 1950s and extending to his own attempts to balance hunting with writing, Kantner recalls cold nights wrapped in caribou hides, fur-clad visitors arriving on dog sleds, swimming amidst ice floes for wounded waterfowl, and his longstanding respect for the old Iñupiaq ways. Captured in words and images, these details combine to reveal a singular landscape at a pivotal moment in its history. Both an elegy and a romp, the book illuminates a world few will see as Kantner has.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Milkweed Editions, 2009.
ISBN: 9781571313119
Branch Call Number: PS3611.A55 Z46 2009
Characteristics: xi, 240 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 23 cm.


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Jul 03, 2010

I cannot even begin to describe the photography in this book. It's as amazing as the story told of the author's parents settling in Alaska and raising children in the old waya as well as living completely off the land. I highly recommend this book.

Sep 02, 2009

This is a wonderful story. It just pulls you along into a life so different from what we experience. Seth Kantner is an outstanding writer. See his Ordinary Wolves as well - it is a novel, but reads like his expanded life.

May 19, 2009

Born in 1965 in a sod igloo in Arctic Alaska and raised in the ways of the Inupiaq people Kantner, using a pleasant coversational tone, shares true stories of his own tundra experiences from childhood through adulthood. Kantner testifies to the immense challanges of day-to-day survival in a homemade sod igloo, a structure that was regularly buried by sudden snow squalls in a climate where "frostbite was a way of life." While the chapters, containing pictures taken by the author, read like individual stories it is the entire book's beauty I found outstanding. A wonderful story for those loving true-life tales and especially those with an interest in nature and Native American life.


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