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In a Far Country: The True Story of a Mission, a Marriage, a Murder, and the Remarkable Reindeer Rescue of 1898
 
 
Author
John Taliaferro.
Publisher PublicAffairs  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781586485085
Pages/Publication Date 424/2007
Daedalus Item Code 32977
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In the fall of 1897, eight whaling ships became trapped in the ice near Point Barrow, on Alaska's northern coast. Without relief, two hundred whalers would starve to death by winter's end. In this "rip-snorting yarn of man pitted against the elements" (NYTimes), the biographer of Charles M. Russell and Edgar Rice Burroughs tells of an extraordinary missionary, Tom Lopp, and seven Eskimo herders who drove 400 reindeer more than 700 untracked miles to save the ice-bound whalers. The book also tells the personal odyssey of Tom and his wife Ellen, portraying their commitment to the natives of the territory and the rugged but happy life they built for themselves amid the treeless tundra at the top of the world.

"Along the way, Taliaferro describes how the Lopps had adapted brilliantly to the Alaskan wilderness, respecting the indigenous people—in marked contrast to fellow missionary Harrison Thornton, an imperious Southerner who was murdered by native peoples. [The author is] a lucid and diligent storyteller who makes good use of period correspondence."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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