Barry Lopez's National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece.
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.
...[W]ritten after 'four or five' years of traveling in the Arctic; its cargo of observation and research is colossal....[I]n part a series of dispatches on despoliation, the consequences of 'the sudden arrival of a foreign technology'...where Lopez discovers 'some of the saddest human lives I have ever seen.'