|# of Units:||8 CDs|
|Length:||9 hours, 30 minutes|
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This was a great book. Very interesting concepts. Really well read, and I don't usually like male narrators (they're typically boring). Really great stories, interesting people that I will never meet.
I enjoyed the author's writing style. He set himself to accomplish a particular adventure and he executed his mission. His account of the experience frankly includes his own feelings and biases. In my mind's eye, I went along with him. I expect my feelings and observations would have been much like his if I had actually been there. I recommend this audio book. Listen to the whole thing the occasional tediousness is part of the experience.
If you've read Robert E. Peary's "North Pole," you get a romanticized glimpse of the Inuit or Eskimo people. Kabloona, however, gives you the raw details. These are a very unique people to put it kindly. They run the gamut from disgusting barbarians to childlike innocents. Their almost Communist social order is very disconcerting. Property and personal rights are foreign, but under the harsh conditions of their exsistance, it seems to work well for them. Some of their qualities are admirable while others are not so palatable. Gontran de Poncins does a good job of tugging both at your heart and your stomach. It's interesting to follow this "white man," "Kabloona" as he adapts to a world vastly contrary to his own ideals and beliefs.
Gontran de Poncins was a restless French aristocrat who gave up careers as an artist and a businessman to become a freelance journalist. After traveling the world, he returned to wartime France in 1940 and died in 1962. He is the author of Kabloona, The Ghost Voyage Out of Eskimo Land, and From a Chinese City: In the Heart of Peacetime Vietnam.