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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (203 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gontran de Poncins Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This extraordinary classic has been variously acclaimed as one of the great books of adventure, travel, anthropology, and spiritual awakening.

In 1938 and 1939, a French nobleman spent fifteen months living among the Inuit people of the Arctic. He was at first appalled by their way of life: eating rotten raw fish, sleeping with each others’ wives, ignoring schedules, and helping themselves to his possessions. Indeed, most Europeans would be overwhelmed merely by the smells Poncins encountered in the igloos. But as de Poncins’s odyssey continues, he is transformed from Kabloona, the White Man, an uncomprehending outsider, to someone who finds himself living, for a few short months, as Inuk: a man, preeminently. He opens his eyes to the world around him, a harsh but beautiful world unlike any other, and allows himself to be fully immersed in its culture.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No other book about the Far North is written with so much sympathy, vividness, and dramatic imagination.”

    New Yorker

  • Kabloona is much more than a beautifully illuminating description of Eskimo life. It is a highly significant essay, skeptical, humorous, and often profound.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “A scientific as well as literary masterpiece.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Fascinating…Grover Gardener changes his delivery to match the varied terrain Poncins covers. Sounding at home in Inuit, Gardener also sounds worldly, disgusted, freezing, and fascinated in smooth and easy succession.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen | 1/13/2014

    " A haunting book, offering an unsual and authentic look into the private world of the Inuit as seen by an early French explorer. I appreciate the insights and honesty in which the author writes, and was captivated by how (and why) his appreciation for the Inuit culture was radically transformed over the course of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George | 12/10/2013

    " Okay, I mentioned my top five books on the North when I wrote about Nunaga. Kabloona is one of those top five books. I even have the audio cd's of this book (which I will also try to recommend). If you want to know the details of a westerner (an outsider or "kabloona") living among the indigenous people, this is a wonderful place to start. Amazing. Remarkable. Extraordinary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ray | 11/29/2013

    " This reminded me somewhat of Dan Morrison's "The Black Nile: One Man's Amazing Journey Through Peace and War on the World's Longest River. Both hinted at adventure through places most people will never visit, and both, to me, fell short. This book is a description of the author's one year time with the Inuit in the arctic. By most people's definitions, that region is considered bleak and desolate. And the author can only describe it that way. But how many ways can one use to describe an area like that? Not many. So the author really tries to provide some insights into the life of the Inuit. That's interesting enough, but the book would have made an interesting magazine article, but extended to book length dragged on, and I looked forward to the end of the book even more than the author looked forward to his return to civilization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George | 11/4/2013

    " See my review of this book. This is the audio version. Read impeccably. "

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About the Author
Author Gontran de Poncins

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.