Synopses & Reviews
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.
Encompassing anthropology, history, exploration, travelogue, and memoir, the celebrated author of "A Match to the Heart" now takes readers on an extraordinary journey into the heart of the land of ice. A "New York Times" Notable Book. Drawings throughout.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 359-361) and index.
About the Author
Gretel Ehrlich is the author of A Match to the Heart, among other works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She divides her time between California and Wyoming.