High Latitudes: The Incredible True Story of an Arctic Journey

High Latitudes: The Incredible True Story of an Arctic Journey


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  • Ideal for fans of Master a Million and Blue Latitudes 
  • Chronicles Mowat’s hazardous 1966 journey across northern Canada
  • A must-have for wilderness lovers

Farley Mowat is a world-renowned author. More than 17 million of his books have sold, and the New York Times calls him a “master storyteller.” In High Latitudes, Farley Mowat hoped to write a book that would let northern people speak for themselves and would expose the false view of the North as “a bloody great wasteland” with no people in it. That perspective led to resource developers abusing the land however they chose. For several reasons that Mowat explains, he did not write that book when he originally wanted to. At long last, here it is. Within its pages are the original conversations that Mowat recorded during his journey. 

Mowat is a natural and a master storyteller, which old fans will remember and new fans will quickly learn. In old-fashioned Mowat style, the legendary writer shares a glorious narrative filled with breathtaking nature writing, larger-than-life characters, suspenseful storytelling, pitiless rage, ferocious humor, compassionate concern, and iconoclastic insights. In her foreword, Margaret Atwood writes, “High Latitudes gives us, with passion and insight, a vertical section of time past—the time that preceded our present. The choices that were made then affect our now, just as the choices we make now will determine the future...”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616086022
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 627,313
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Farley Mowat is the author of thirty-seven books, including People of the Deer, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be, Never Cry Wolf, A Whale for the Killing, Sea of Slaughter, and The Farfarers. His books have sold more than 14 million copies worldwide, and he has been published in fifty-two languages. He lives in Ontario, Canada.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

1 Getting There 1

2 Bay of Whales 11

3 SNAFU 22

4 The New Stone Age 32

5 Under Two Flags 40

6 Duel at Povungnituk 46

7 The Maverick 58

8 Skipper Jimmy 69

9 Paradise Lost 79

10 Simonee 86

11 Something Else to Do 91

12 The Icie Mountains 98

13 Sweetie Pie 104

14 Jonasee and Paulasee 115

15 Lost Leviathan 125

16 Ruins, Old and New 133

17 God's Country 141

18 Space Station in Foxe Basin 149

19 A Company Man 155

20 The Exiles 160

21 Ayorama 172

22 Top of the World 183

23 Lots of Time 192

24 We'll Be the Bosses 201

25 Back to the Land 210

26 Tuk Tuk 216

27 The Reindeer Herd 227

28 Kidnapped 233

29 Mudopolis 244

30 The Loner 248

31 Here Are the News 259

32 The Captains and the Ships 271

33 Last-time Box 282

Envoy 293

Index 294

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High Latitudes: The Incredible True Story of an Arctic Journey 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A look at western cultural influence on native peoples in the Canadian Arctic.
vancouverdeb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I struggled with the number of stars to give this book. Perhaps it deserves 3 stars, but I can only say I certainly struggled to get through this book. Farley Mowat , along with a friend and two pilots travels through what is now Nunavut, the NorthWest Territories and the Yukon. I found the book to be extremely repetitive and rather one sided. Mowat would land in Cape Dorset, Frobisher Bay - now Iqualuit, Clyde, Pond Inlet, Pangnitung,Pelly Bay, Gjoa Haven,Coppermine, Cambridge Bay,Whitehorse, Inuvik, Whitehorse etc to name but a few of the many places that he visited during this 2 year long trip in the high Arctic. At each stop, Farely Mowat would repeat his usual spiel on the North - the dreadful nature of the DNA - aka Department of Northern Affairs, the Hudson's Bay Stores which would never work in the North - only a Co- op would work. The homes built for the Inuit people were made cheap plywood and brightly coloured. Garbage was strewn about every place he landed. Canada was completely misguided in trying bring the Inuit Housing, into southern style commerce, the RCMP was for the most part the enemy etc. While there certainly may be truth to this, I found his take on the North to be rather one sided.Given that at the time, the United States and Canada had the so called DEW line - Defence Early Warning system - which was active during the Cold War - it was inevitable that Canadian Government be in the far North. Further to that - Farley Mowat mentions that the Danish, the United States and the Russians had an interest in trying to settle and use the resources in the north for themselves - I feel that Farley Mowat could have given a less on sided view of how Canada handled the North. By no means do I think we did it well- but if the US, Denmark or Russia had asserted sovereignty over the area - which is still a concern - would the Inuit of the North be better off?'Did Canada really have a choice but to develop and protect the North to some extent? This book has made me curious to read the other side of the story. I also felt that Farely Mowat could have told this tale in about 100 pages rather than 300 pages. To give him some credit, I'm sure he was ahead of his time as far as criticizing Northern Policies and his concern for the evironment in the North. Despite my criticism of this book, I do agree with the words of Margaret Atwood - Love or resent him , he's now an Ancestral Totem whether he likes it or not.If nothing else, Farley Mowat has really made me more aware of the socialogical problems in the Far North and I'm sure I'll be reading more in that area .
StephenBarkley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve got a soft spot for Mowat. He¿s the Don Cherry of environmentalism. He¿s the cranky opinionated guy that I too often find myself agreeing with!In High Latitudes, Mowat recounts his 1966 trip through the Canadian arctic. This book is more than a Mowat tale¿there are extended sections where Mowat inserts verbatim interviews with people he met in the north.The book rambles and seems a little too long at times. The only narrative thread holding the work together is the map of the trip. Still, there¿s something compelling about Mowat¿s passion for the arctic.