A Phenomenal Work of Literary Artistry
I’ve read a number of books artfully crafted by Nick Jans – The Grizzly Maze and A Wolf Called Romeo – to name two of my favorites.
I recently had the opportunity to read Nick’s first book, The Last Light Breaking. I savored this journey into the lives of the Inupiat people of Ambler, Alaska – a people who, according to Jans, 'move within the eddying currents of time, space and light – where the laws of physics seem to float freely, compressing and expanding, refusing logic.'
This book is an anthropological treasure. Yet – it’s much, much more than that. For the naturalist, the outdoors person, wildlife biologist – and those who simply enjoy a damn fine artist (Jans) and the tales of his time in a place that most will never journey remotely close too – It’s a fantastic read!
The characters, creatures, culture and challenges of living in a remote village like Ambler provide a wide and diverse audience with every element essential to invigorating the readers interest – and a yearning to return to the volume to continue enjoying Jans literary artistry.
Buy it. Savor it. Learn. Listen. Prepare to perceive the world around you in a unique and precious way."
“A fresh wonderful new voice, all the more alive against the grave and ancient background of Inupiat tradition, wildlife, and the waiting landscape. I much admire The Last Light Breaking.”
--- Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard and At Play in the Fields of the Lord