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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.
About the Author
LAWRENCE MILLMAN is the author of more than fifteen books, including such titles as Last Places, Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Lost in the Arctic, Hero Jesse, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Northern Latitudes, Hiking to Siberia, and Fascinating Fungi of New England. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, Atlantic Monthly, and Sports Illustrated. When not hanging out in some northern place or looking for mushrooms, he lives in Cambridge, MA.
Praise for At the End of the World:
"A dark and twisted story of religion, violence, and lasting trauma, this true crime book is chilling in more way than one."—Bustle
“Millman’s book is a plea for keeping the sanctity of the unique cultures and landscape of the Far North.”—Explorers Journal
“a poetic assertion of what it means to be a human being in the 21st century...Perhaps Millman’s greatest accomplishment is that, despite its dark implications, At the End of the World is a pleasure to read.”—Adventures NW
"A smart, emotional, and thought-provoking analysis of a lingering trauma. Millman has created a quiet and stunning investigative masterpiece."—Booklist (starred)
"[You] should be impressed with the manner by which Millman connects the dots...he skillfully provides parallels to contemporary times on the dangers of one culture infiltrating another."—Kirkus
“A bizarre series of cult murders receives a fresh look in At the End of the World”—Shelf Awareness
"Millman tells this tale in a free-flowing narrative style, interspersing his interviews of the remaining survivors and their relatives with a history of the region (including a sardonic account of the filming of the 1922 documentary "Nanook of the North" on the mainland), a liberal peppering of quotes from diverse authors on nature and on technology and the consequences of old and new cultures clashing."—WBUR's The ARTery
"This tragedy is compelling."—Virginia Quarterly Review
"Lawrence Millman is a true original. The Arctic seems his natural landscape; it’s as if he knows how to eavesdrop on the spirit world there. At the End of the World puts literature of the North into a hypnotic fugue state, and it’s just whopping good storytelling. People don’t just read Millman, they collect him."—Howard Norman, author of The Ghost Clause and The Bird Artist
"At the End of the World is a lamentation. And not for the loss of life at the hands of insane murderers. But the loss of connection to our natural world. I think Millman’s struggle to write the story (at least he claims to have struggled—to my eyes, words flow freely and wonderfully from his “Ticonderoga Tri-Write No. 2”) comes from this realization."—Fungi magazine
"Astonishing – a tour de force! Millman has achieved a breakthrough here. The rhythm of it is simply awe-inspiring. It’s like a dance. A perfect blend of empathy, curiosity, wisdom and playfulness. Millman has succeeded in wrapping a cautionary tale of the most dire significance in a coat of many colors. Impossible to look away."—John D'Onofrio, Publisher/Editor of Adventures NW Magazine
"Well-written and deeply philosophical."—Alaska Dispatch Publishing
"An enlightening, beautifully constructed read."—What's Nonfiction?
"unique and compelling...At the End of the World is a one of the more unique historical crime books I've ever come across and most certainly worth your attention. There's a lot to think about in this one and, more importantly, a lot we should be thinking about."—Coleen Mondor, TinyLetter.com
"Lawrence Millman is ... a master writer, naturalist, and adventurer."—Robert Pyle, author of Mariposa Road
"Millman delivers an artful jeremiad and a hell of an exciting story."—Gary Moore, author of Burning in China
“Quite the best thing I’ve read in a long time.”—Paul Kingsnorth, creator of the Dark Mountain Project
“A lovely, elegiac, and mysterious book!”— John Griesemer, author of No One Thinks of Greenland
“Larry Millman’s At the End of the World is many things: a loving description of Inuit life; an account of the end of the world that had already happened; and a jeremiad against the computer, all told in a voice that is a cross between the dark aphorisms of E M Cioran and the timeless portraits in Chatwin’s The Songlines. In it you will learn that Thoreau is the only person in the afterlife without a computer, and see a carving of Donald Duck, with the detailed body of an Eider. Read it and weep for the Old Ways that we have lost.”—Steve Bodio
"At the End of the World is a brilliant and original book by one of the boldest and most visionary writers of our era, or any other."—Howard Mosher
“At the End of the World is an eloquent lament for a dying way of a life, and a prophetic warning about our own dangerous shift from the natural to the a virtual world.”—Outpost
"Millman guides us to a place where spirits inhabit stone, snow, and seals, keep us company, and make our lives whole in their embrace. Ignoring reason and propriety, he opens our hearts to survival, to magic, and to ecstasy."—Michael Morrison, co-author of Journey Into Climate
"[Millman's] ideas about our natural world and what we are doing to it and to ourselves crackle with a meaning that needs to be addressed."—BookLoons
"This book was fascinating from a variety of perspectives and it based on a true story. I enjoyed it and I believe you will too!"—Bookpleasures.com
Praise for Lawrence Millman:
"Lawrence Millman is that rare traveler—a person with guts and a sense of humor. He is also a wonderful writer."—Paul Theroux
"Writing that is altogether finer than anything one has a right to expect."—The Washington Post
"The master of the remote."—Bruce Chatwin
"Lawrence Millman is one of our great story tellers. His accounts of out of the way places can chill you or charm you or make you laugh out loud. Sometimes he can do all that in a single story. The man is a master."—Tim Cahill