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A Woman in the Polar Night

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Ritter is an artist who paints glorious and timeless pictures with her powerful ability to describe scene after scene with polished, refined, yet light and simple words. It is difficult, and quite graphic – my love of polar books had to work hard to overcome that but it’s not all of the book and it is a very special book. Her unbending, positive attitude makes her life a joy to follow, and her story an inspiration to read. This rediscovered classic memoir tells the incredible tale of a woman defying society’s expectations to find freedom and peace in the adventure of a lifetime.

This is my second read for Annabookbel’s NordicFINDS challenge, and I’ve enjoyed picking all these books off my TBR (surely the challenge I’ve been able to fulfil most numerously from the TBR, apart from 20 Books of Summer, ever! But for every moment of well-bred horror that she has, she finds many more moments of beauty and awe. I’d find many Japanese books, and a few African books, and sundry other nations, but nothing Nordic. Es gibt da Überraschungen in der Weltferne und der langen Dunkelheit, denen man in solcher tiefgründigen Eindeutigkeit sonst kaum begegnet. At first, Christiane is horrified by the freezing cold, the bleak landscape the lack of equipment and supplies.Výborne sa to čítalo, je to vtipne, pekne aj poetické, a najmä to svojou izolovanosťou od okolitého sveta pôsobí v súčasnej spoločensky únavnej dobe ako balzam. We are entertained onboard ship, and are given a whole kilogram of coffee and four tins of condensed milk as well as a four-week-old newspaper. A Woman In The Polar Night is a fascinating memoir, one woman against and with nature, in an extremely inhospitable landscape takes a journey of self discovery. It was such a peaceful read, it acted as a balm, although it did not leave me wishing to experience it for myself. This luminous classic memoir tells of her inspiring journey to freedom and fulfilment in the adventure of a lifetime.

But I once spent the night in a jungle with a wet wool blanket, and it kept me warm, so maybe feather beds are like that, still warm when damp.She thinks it will be a relaxing trip, a chance to "read thick books in the remote quiet and, not least, sleep to my heart's content", but when Christiane arrives she is shocked to realize that they are to live in a tiny ramshackle hut on the shores of a lonely fjord, hundreds of miles from the nearest settlement, battling the elements every day, just to survive.

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