GREENLAND, CHAPTER FOUR: A Boys’ VERY Long Night Out

Reblogging to BOOK blog, “Platform of Words.”

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How could nice regular guys from Denmark and Togo relate their tales of Arctic adventure without a hint, at the very least, of braggadocio coloring the pictures? They couldn’t. So throw in quite a bit of booze, even more sex, lots of skinning and dismembering and eating of dried seal intestines and frozen blubber? And then there are grueling dog sled journeys; the constant danger of death, dismemberment, and being frozen solid. Add bravery and love and humor and you have a couple of very good books.

I spent time trying to describe the beauty and lyricism of Ehrlich’s writing in This Cold Heaven and also how brilliantly Joanna Kavenna in The Ice Museum offers up gripping otherworldly portraits of Greenland. Now I’ll introduce you to a couple of manly men out there in the cold world, whose approach is maybe a little different.

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