This extraordinary classic has been variously acclaimed as one of the great books of adventure, travel, anthropology, and spiritual awakening. In 1938-39, a French nobleman spent fifteen months living among the Inuit. He is at first appalled by their way of life: eating rotten raw fish, sleeping with each others wives, ignoring schedules, and helping themselves to his possessions. But as de Poncins odyssey continues, he is transformed from Kabloona, The White Man, an uncomprehending outsider, to someone who finds himself living, for a few short months, as Inuk: a man, preeminently.
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Gontran de Poncins was a restless French aristocrat who gave up careers as an artist and a businessman to become a freelance journalist and wander the world. He returned to wartime France in 1940, and died in 1962, having never returned to the Arctic. Kabloona is illustrated with de Poncins own skillful line drawings of the people of the Far North.From AudioFile:
This 1941 account of Gontran de Poncins's time with the Inuits is fascinating. Poncins describes his experiences with these people vividly as he encounters a radically different life from anything he has ever known before. Grover Gardner changes his delivery to match the varied terrain Poncins covers. Sounding at home in Inuit, Gardner also sounds worldly, disgusted, freezing, and fascinated in smooth and easy succession. The only element of the narrative Gardner doesn't bring fully to life is Poncins's exhaustion; his voice always sounds too rich and cultured to reflect fatigue. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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