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Last Places: A Journey in the North
     

Last Places: A Journey in the North

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by Lawrence Millman, Paul Theroux (Introduction)
 

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A classic of northern exploration and adventure, LAST PLACES is Lawrence Millman's marvelously told account of his journey along the ancient Viking sea routes that extend from Norway to Newfoundland. Traveling through landscapes of transcendent desolation, Millman wandered by way of the Shetland Islands, the Faeroes, Iceland, Greenland, and Labrador. His way was

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A classic of northern exploration and adventure, LAST PLACES is Lawrence Millman's marvelously told account of his journey along the ancient Viking sea routes that extend from Norway to Newfoundland. Traveling through landscapes of transcendent desolation, Millman wandered by way of the Shetland Islands, the Faeroes, Iceland, Greenland, and Labrador. His way was marked by surprising human encounters--with a convicted murderer in Reykjavik, an Inuit hermit in Greenland, an Icelandic guide who leads him to a place called Hell, and a Newfoundlander who warns him about the local variant of the Abominable Snowman. By turns earthy and lyrical, LAST PLACES is an ebullient celebration of the exotic North.

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"In Millman's harsh North, the stark beauty of the last places lingers."

Boston Globe

"This is a fascinating, powerful, beautiful book. Millman's a genius." -- Annie Dillard

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author retraces the Vikings' route from Norway to Newfoundland and Labrador. ``Millman's descriptive writing borders on the florid, but he captures the beauty and fragility of an austere landscape,'' said PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Known for his travel writing, Millman chronicles his journey across the breadth of the North Atlantic, following the route of the Vikings. The armchair traveler accompanies Millman on board various ships from Bergen, Norway, via the Shetland Islands, the Faeroes, Iceland, and Greenland, to Labrador and Newfoundland. The author not only describes the beauty of these remote places but relates the history of their land and people, tells tales of the local mythology, and has heartwarming encounters with the native residents. He never fails to point out how environmental and social changes are endangering these far away and forgotten lands. Millman's acerbic wit makes the book extremely entertaining. He imparts his love and respect for the primitive radiance of the landscape and the hardy character of the region's often eccentric residents.-- Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svces., Wondervu, Col.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618082483
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/20/2000
Edition description:
None
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
493,472
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.56(d)

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Last Places: A Journey in the North 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the beginning of the journey, I had to adjust to the author's haughtiness.  As I read on, I found him it to be rather a form of harmless wit.  The details are never overdone, and yet each description is beautifully written, each person wonderfully captured and the sense of the Far North is clearly illustrated.  A well-written journal-esque novel from a world-class writer.