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Eskimo Life

Fridtjof Nansen

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The others have in the meantime come up; they get hold of the lost paddle, and all can again push forward.


It grows worse and worse for those who have seals in tow; they lag far behind, and the great beasts lie heaving and jarring against the sides of the kaiaks. They think of sacrificing their prey, but one difficult sea passes after another, and they will still[69] try to hang on for a while. The proudest moments in a hunter’s life are those in which he comes home towing his prey, and sees his wife’s, his daughter’s, and his handmaiden’s happy faces beaming upon him from the shore. Far out at sea he already sees them in his mind’s eye, and rejoices like a child. No wonder that he will not cast loose his prey save at the direst pinch of need.

After passing through many ugly rollers, they have at last got under the land. Here they are somewhat protected by a group . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A really fascinating look at the 'Eskimo' of Greenland, at the end of the nineteenth century. Nansen's sympathy for these people is palpable, as he sees their culture being destroyed by Western influence, and particularly by missionaries hellbent on converting them to Christianity. Of course some of

This book is a bit of a heartbreaker, because Nansen was documenting the Inuit at a time when their culture was being destroyed by European influence. He clearly had a deep love and respect for these people, and he had an unusually keen understanding of what was happening to them and what would prob

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Läste den på Norska. Intressant att läsa en bok från 1891. Jag vet inte om min utgåva var bearbetad, men den kändes överraskande fräsch för att var mer än hundra år gammal. Nansen skriver om Eskimåerna på Grönland, han tar upp aspekter på hela deras liv. Som historia, utbredning, kultur, samhällsliv

I read the digital edition and the great pity is that the original illustrations are not there. However the coloured photographs are absolutely beautiful and I find Nansen's insights delightful. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the life of the natives of Greenland from the

Swedish edition, 1985, bundled with "På Ski Över Grönland"