An African in Greenland

Overview

Tété-Michel Kpomassie was a teenager in Togo when he discovered a book about Greenland—and knew that he must go there. Working his way north over nearly a decade, Kpomassie finally arrived in the country of his dreams. This brilliantly observed and superbly entertaining record of his adventures among the Inuit is a testament both to the wonderful strangeness of the human species and to the surprising sympathies that bind us all.
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Overview

Tété-Michel Kpomassie was a teenager in Togo when he discovered a book about Greenland—and knew that he must go there. Working his way north over nearly a decade, Kpomassie finally arrived in the country of his dreams. This brilliantly observed and superbly entertaining record of his adventures among the Inuit is a testament both to the wonderful strangeness of the human species and to the surprising sympathies that bind us all.
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John Derbyshire
It is, as it sounds, the strangest travel book ever written.... Kpomassie carries the whole thing off brilliantly. Openminded, self-assured, adaptable, acutely observant, and obviously very personable, he is the perfect guide to the Eskimos and what was left of their culture in the mid-1960s. There is no trace of cultural condescension in him.... What a wonderful book, to make a person think so much!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940322882
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 708,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part 1 The Python God
1. The Snake in the Coconut Tree 5
2. The Sacred Forest 20
3. The Runaway 47
4. First Steps in Europe 58
Part 2 The Call of the Cold
1. A Spirit from the Mountains 75
2. Queer Customs 90
3. Fishing for Sea Wolf 115
4. The "Polar Hysteria" of the Arctic Autumn 140
Part 3 Hibernation
1. Sisimiut, the Gateway to the North 151
2. Mitti of Ilulissat 173
3. My Host, Thue 191
4. A Greenland Christmas 210
Part 4 A True Greenlander
1. Of Dogs and Men 237
2. The Boy Who Killed a Fly 251
3. Robert Mattaaq 267
4. "Your Place Is Here with Us" 292
Glossary 299
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