- Series: Adrenaline Classics
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (September 9, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560254114
- ISBN-13: 978-1560254119
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lost in the Arctic: Explorations on the Edge (Adrenaline Classics) Paperback – September 9, 2002
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This collection of 30 adventure essays by celebrated Arctic enthusiast Millman features 17 new pieces along with those that have appeared elsewhere: in his previous books (Last Places; Northern Latitudes; An Evening Among Headhunters), magazines (Smithsonian, Atlantic Monthly, Islands) and as introductions to other works. Brought together in this way, these varied pieces reveal that Millman specializes in unsolved mysteries, odd myths, and extremely dangerous situations, and the stories he recounts are always highly amusing and unpredictable: he encounters Kodiak bears in Alaska, fortune-tellers on Yap, and leeches on Sarawak, to name just a few incidents. In the strongest pieces he pays homage to other explorers and adventurers, such as Henry Hudson, George Street, Harry Radford, Hassoldt Davis, John Cowper Powys, and Maurice Wilson. The fiction pieces interspersed among the travel narratives are somewhat weaker and not as well written as the nonfiction, a genre in which Millman clearly has few equals. Recommended for all public and large academic libraries.
Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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"Again and again, Millman extends a generous invitation for the reader to experience schadenfreude at his expense." -- Rand Richards Cooper, The New York Times, December 8, 2002
"He has a gonzo intrepidness ... Millman is rightfully beloved by travel writers." -- Sally Gragin, Boston Globe, December 8, 2002
"Millman is a modern-day Rousseau." -- Charles Wilson, The Washington Post Book World, February 9-15, 2003
"Wild, offbeat adventure ... with viscera and wit. For the armchair explorer, this is a ticket to the bizarre and quirky." -- Morning News, December 1, 2002
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He also includes some literary criticism. He sums up the eccentric John Cowper Powys' doorstopping tomes aptly. "You don't read Powys so much as enlist in him." (214) He narrates the fate of Henry Hudson and his crew with panache. He plunges us into the former "land of the white rajahs" in Sarawak, and we share his reluctance not to leave, tempted as he is by the offer of marrying a sixteen-year-old. But his interpreter rescues him. For our author is too beholden to the cold to handle the heat.
The tropical pieces set off the predominantly chilly scenes nicely, and vary the pace. I am not sure why they are arranged as they are. However, the title chapter evokes well the tension and a bit of the wonder when one is stuck on the massive Prince Charles Island, and you soon realize why this place has lingered so long uncharted, the size of Connecticut. In such lonely places, Millman does thrive.