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Of course, he also experiences moments of unparalleled serenity--caribou trotting out to his boat, belugas spouting around him, grizzlies on the shore--and creates warm friendships with the Inuit themselves, who have changed radically since their own days of traveling by kayak and dogsled. Waterman works admirably to understand The People without judging them, though he is discouraged by what he finds left of the culture he emulates--communities caught in a "depraved limbo, somewhere between paradise and tuberculosis." As with the Arctic itself, the Inuit turn out to be more complex in reality--and ultimately more appealing--than in mythology. Waterman's stark and satisfying account excels in its ability to grapple with the human condition while illuminating a mystical world inaccessible to the rest of us. --Lesley Reed
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I like Jon's writing, it's filled with thought and insight into the place where he is.
I was touched by the sincerity that Jonathan Waterman shares with his readers in this epic journey across Arctic Alaska and Canada.
Jon's richly written tale captures the many moods of both a hauntingly beautiful landscape and the Inuit Culture that inhabit it.
I bought this for my mom as she spent many years up in the arctic. She said that it is very well written and really enjoyed it.Published 7 months ago by Mary Alderman
Jon Waterman is a writer who belongs between the hardcovers. His explorations and introspection make for compelling reading.Published on February 2, 2002
in Arctic Crossing Jonathan Waterman, Kabloona extraordinaire gives us a a great gift. This guy can write, this guy can listen to the silence, this guy can paddle,hike, take in the... Read morePublished on January 31, 2002
When you head out by kayak, dogsled or skis into rough country, into the Northwest Passage--one of the remotest rinds of sea-ice and cleaved shores on earth--you need to travel... Read morePublished on January 30, 2002 by Jennifer Hahn, author SPIRITED WATERS: SOLOING SOUTH THROUGH THE INSIDE PASSAGE
This is a wonderful book. I like to read adventure travel but often dislike the authors. This book not only tells a great adventure travel story with an informative insight into... Read morePublished on December 19, 2001
We all know that indigenous cultures can teach us deep wisdom, yet how to get it without traveling to the ends of the earth? Read morePublished on December 13, 2001 by "joedawg8"
Jon Waterman's latest book combines all of the best features of his earlier work: true path-breaking adventure narrated with exceptional candor within a cultural and natural... Read morePublished on December 12, 2001 by Peter Nichols
Northern lights, icebergs shaped like polar bears, a silence so still you can hear a human whisper at 100 yards, teen suicides, unthinkable wealth, and cultural disintegration. Read morePublished on December 11, 2001 by Jeff Rennicke
When I looked on the map and saw what Jon did and how far he went, I couldn't believe it. He writes about cold weather and dangerous situations like he was getting onto a bus or... Read morePublished on December 11, 2001