N by E, by Rockwell Kent. Foreword by Edward Hoagland.University Press of New England, 1996. First published in 1930. 281 pgs.
What surprised me is that
It is surprising that the intrepid trio made it to
and joy his figures radiate, and the awesome beauty of his art. The interwoven Eskimo legends and poems are endearing.
Perhaps even more than an artist, social reformer, or author,
N by E can be read on several levels: enjoy the text simply as an accompaniment to the stupendous illustrations, read it as the incredible adventures of a man old enough to know better, or as a beautiful fable.
(John just finished reading The Reserve, by Russell Banks (2008). It is a fictionalized version of Kent's life. If you want him to review it, post a comment to beg, plead, or bribe him.)