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The Long Exile: A True Story of Deception and Survival in the Canadian Arctic
 
 
Author
Melanie McGrath.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.05 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780007157976
Pages/Publication Date 324/2006
Daedalus Item Code 41290
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In 1922 the Irish-American explorer Robert Flaherty made a film about an Eskimo hunter called Nanook of the North, which captured the world's imagination. Soon after, he quit the Arctic, leaving behind his bastard son Joseph to grow up as an Eskimo. In the 1950s a young, inexperienced policeman, Ross Gibson, was asked by the Canadian government to draw up a list of Inuit who were to be resettled in uninhabited polar regions and left to fend as best they could; he included Joseph Flaherty and his family. They were told that they were going to an Arctic Eden of spring flowers and polar bears, but in this "beautiful, poetic, gripping book" (Sunday Times, London), journalist Melanie McGrath tells what actually happened to Joseph.

"McGrath also has a wonderful feel for landscape and so the Arctic itself assumes the life of a character.The language is lovely. Modulated, lyrical and beautiful as the stark nature it describes, it makes McGrath's book more than a fascinating and instructive read. It makes it a joyful one."Evening Standard (London)

 
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