Arctic Dreams : Imagination and desire in a Northern landscape
Barry Lopez has been hailed as a "master nature writer" by The New York Times Book Review, and "Arctic Dreams" is undoubtedly his masterwork. Based on 15 extended trips to Canada's far north, Artic Dreams is part adventure tale and part meditation on the art of exploration. This magical book dazzles with the wonder of the aurora borealis; the awesome power of polar bears and killer whales; the monumental grandeur of migrating icebergs; and the beauty and nobility of the Arctic's indigenous people. Evocative and everlasting, "Arctic Dreams" is a classic. Jacket Description/Flap: Barry Lopez's National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece. Lopez offers a thorough examination of this obscure world-its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history into a breathtaking study of profound originality is his unique meditation on how the landscape can shape our imagination, desires, and dreams. Its prose as hauntingly pure as the land it describes, Arctic Dreams is nothing less than an indelible classic of modern literature. Review Quotes: "Jubilant... Barry Lopez lavishes his discoveries into a portfolio of delights." --"The New York Times Book Review "Wonderfully informed and evocative... Keen observation given shape with language that is deft and vivid." --"Chicago Tribune "Rich, abundant, vigorously composed." --"The Boston Globe First published 1986.
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.
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 Book Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and other honours. Lopez lives in western Oregon.