from the Arctic, Donald Brown -
author of “Journey From the Arctic” was apparently, as Voltaire put
it, “A perfect Englishman – traveling without motive.” Yet Brown had
a deeply personal reason to ride by horseback from Lapland, through
Sweden, into Norway during the winter of 1954. He believed that a journey
on horseback was the most absorbing and eventful way to travel, a way to
discover the world that becomes a mode not just of travel but of life.
follows is a truly remarkable account of how Brown, a Danish companion,
and their two trusty horses attempt the impossible, to cross the silent
Arctic plateaus, thread their way through the giant Swedish forests, and
finally discover a passage around the treacherous Norwegian marshes.
Though he was often busy dodging snow storms or trying to find shelter
with skeptical Laplanders, Brown tells a vivid tale inhabited not just by
the native people of the Far North, but their neighbors, the trolls,
goblins, and giants of Nordic legend as well.
From the Arctic” is thus more than an amusing adventure story. It is the
true account of the only equestrian expedition in the late twentieth
century to make a winter passage across the fabled Arctic Circle.
illustrated with photographs Brown took while traveling, the book is sure
to be of interest to students of both horses and history.
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