Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape
Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375727481, 496pp.
Publication Date: October 2, 2001
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.
"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."
"Rich, abundant, vigorously composed."
--The Boston Globe