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Winner of the National Book Award in 1986, Lopez’s magnum opus explores the Arctic landscape and the hold it continues to exert on our imagination
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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT MACFARLANELopez’s journey across our frozen planet is a celebration of the Arctic in all its guises. A hostile landscape of ice, freezing oceans and dazzling skyscapes. Home to millions of diverse animals and people. The stage to massive migrations by land, sea and air. The setting of epic exploratory voyages. And, in crystalline prose, Lopez captures the magic of the Arctic – the essential mystery and beauty of a continent that has enchanted man’s imagination and ambition for centuries.
The Arctic dreamland seen and described by a writer of rare perception and poetic descriptive power... The pages sparkle with Arctic light
David Stephen, Scotsman
A marvellous evocation of the Arctic by a naturalist, who is part poet... A magical book to read slowly and savour
Gillian Somerville-Large, Irish Times
Barry Lopez by some rare magic manages to combine a poetic vision with accuracy of observation; and although he writes mainly about Eskimos, polar bears, and other denizens of the frozen north, many of his perceptive insights apply the world over
Paula Johnson, Mail on Sunday
Dazzling... Treats the distant, snowy world of the Arctic as a place that exists not only in the mathematics of geography but also in the terra incognita of our imaginations
Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
By what comes close to sheer magic, the magic of a highly literate and perceptive naturalist, Barry Lopez has transformed the austerity and Sibelius-like gloom of the tundra and great ice walls into a living pageant of high latitudes. This book will become a classic within its genre
A monumental work, not only in its revelation of the author's depth of vision but, in a very real sense, it is a monument to the uniqueness, the mystery and the drama of the Arctic wilderness... Arctic Dreams is an eloquent testimony and tribute to the infinite interest and beauty of the natural world. It is also a timely reminder that man needs to tune into the land and its creatures
A master nature writer... The gift of sight (and second sight) focused here upon the ocean, ice, skyscapes, landscapes and wildlife is extraordinary... He lavishes his discoveries into a portfolio of delights
Edward Hoagland, New York Times
A splendid book, passionate and compassionate, by a man who is both a first-rate writer and an uncompromising defender of the wild country and its native inhabitants
One of those landmark works of travel writing like, say, Doughty's Travels in Arabia Deserta
Wonderfully informed and evocative...keen observation given shape with language that is deft and vivid
Don Stap, Chicago Tribune
If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways than an Eskimo to describe ice and snow in his book Arctic Dreams, you can do all the weather reporting you want
Elmore Leonard, Guardian Online
One of the greatest nature books ever written
Arminta Wallace, Irish Times
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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 ...