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Book Title: A Kayak Full of Ghosts: Eskimo Tales|
Date of issue: October 1st 1987
ISBN 13: 9780884962670
The author of the book: Lawrence Millman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 356 KB
Edition: Capra Press
Read full description of the books A Kayak Full of Ghosts: Eskimo Tales:The back material was not kidding: “Not for queasy readers.” It’s a monument to my iron stomach that I perused it on several lunch breaks.
This collection of Inuit legends is intriguing as well as disturbing. The stories show a landscape alive with terror and hunger, people who must philosophically accept the necessity of strangling their own children, or of fleeing a spouse who has decided to eat them. On top of the horror of cannibalism, gruesome transformations, coprophagy, disemboweling, and so forth, there is a certain queasiness for the modern reader just in realizing the gender assumptions of the traditional Inuit world, where women provided none of the food and therefore had little power at all.
There is a rich irony in some of these stories, and a chilling grace in others, like the tiny story “The Earth Will Know,” about a deformed baby.
Read information about the authorI've written 16 books, including such titles as Last Places, Our Like Will Not Be There Again, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Hero Jesse, and Fascinating Fungi of New England. I've also explored remote areas in East Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. I'm a Fellow of the prestigious Explorers Club and, in my mycological capacity, past president of the A.S.S. (American Stinkhorn Society).
And here's the most recent news: In January 2017, St. Martin's will be publishing my latest book, At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic. Not only does the book detail a series of murders in the name of religion in 1941 among the (surprise!) Inuit, but also it discusses how digital technology is turning our species into robots.
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