At the End of the World

At the End of the World

A True Story of Murder in the Arctic

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"At the End of the World is the remarkable story of a series of murders that occurred in an extremely remote corner of the Arctic in 1941. Those murders show that senseless violence in the name of religion is not only a contemporary phenomenon, and that a people as seemingly peaceful as the Inuit can become unpeaceful at the drop of a hat or, in this instance, a meteor shower. At the same time, the book is a warning cry against the destruction of what's left of our culture's humanity, along the destruction of the natural world. Has technology deprived us of our eyes? the author asks. Has it deprived the world of birds, beasts, and flowers? Lawrence Millman's At the End of the World is a brilliant and original book by one of the boldest writers of our era"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250111401
Branch Call Number: 364.152309 MILLMAN
Characteristics: ix, 196 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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An account of a series of obscure murders in 1941 that took place in the Belcher Islands, a remote corner of the Arctic. The author relates the trial that followed and examines the dying way of life of the Inuit and the consequences of senseless violence in the name of religion.

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Jun 10, 2017

I found this an unusual and interesting book. It reads as though the author did extensive research and then, rather than write a book based on his notes, just organized the notes and called it a book. I found him a bit pedantic but when I was done I wanted to read another of his books.

Apr 28, 2017

I was interested in reading this book to find out more about the crime story but did not wholly appreciate the author's interspersed musings about technology, which seemed to stand in for what he lacked in information or narrative about the case and the people involved. On the upside, it is a very quick read.

Jabberwock12 Apr 21, 2017

A story of the Western-world meeting our nearly unknown neighbors to the North. Religion has its violent effects in our world and the Inuit people also get their murderous rage on when they're introduced to the Bible in the early 20th Century. The book is quite short which made it a very fast read. It's also a tale of the author's (whose really a naturalist above all else) disdain for our technologically induced world. iDevices, artificial brains and Nintendo's all get the stink eye by Lawrence Millman. He talks about how the Inuit *SPOILER* laughed at 9/11 believing it was a movie akin to the Towering Inferno, rather than real life and explained the same people couldn't wrap their heads around how seals had killed Bin Laden in the mountains of Pakistan... The book is loaded with great quotes that I put on Facebook and Instagram more than once (I'm sure Lawrence Millman would be against me for that). Looking forward to his other works. I recommend this title to anyone who wants a digital detox, loves the Arctic or wants to blame religion for a little bit more...


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