Sixty Degrees North

Sixty Degrees North

Around the World in Search of Home

Book - 2015
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'Sixty Degrees North is a story that we tell, both to ourselves and to others. It is a story about where - and perhaps also who - we are.'The sixtieth parallel marks a kind of borderland. It wraps itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden and Norway; it crosses the tip of Greenland and of South-central Alaska; it cuts the great spaces of Russia and Canada in half. The parallel also passes through Shetland, at the very top of the British Isles. In Sixty Degrees North, Malachy Tallack explores the places that share this latitude, beginning and ending in Shetland, where he has spent most of his life. The book focuses on the landscapes and natural environments of the parallel, and the way that people have interacted with those landscapes. It explores themes of wildness and community, of isolation and engagement, of exile and memory.In addition, Sixty Degrees North is also a deeply personal book, which begins with the author's loss of his father and his troubled relationship with Shetland. Informed by the journeys described, it moves towards a kind of resolution: an acceptance of loss, and ultimately a love of the place Tallack calls 'home'.
Publisher: Edinburgh, Scotland :, Polygon,, 2015, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781846973369
Branch Call Number: 910. 41 TAL
Characteristics: vii, 230 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, map ; 20 cm


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Apr 05, 2017

Wonderfully written, Tallack took the reader on a journey through the sixtieth parallel in search of home. "How can we know, I wondered, when we have found our place in the world? How can we know when we ought to cease our wandering." I enjoyed his interactions with the locals in Canada, Alaska, Russia, Siberia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Sheltand and Greenland. Would recommend this read!

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