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by Yuri Rytkheu,Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse

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ISBN: 184659040X
ISBN13: 978-1846590405
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Yuri Rytkheu,Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse
Language: English
Publisher: Telegram Books (February 21, 2008)
Pages: 337 pages
ePUB size: 1715 kb
FB2 size: 1861 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 210
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The book tells a fiction story of a young sailor, who stays with the Chukchi people after having lost some fingers in an accident. On a hunting trip he shoots by mistake his best friend. The Chukchi understand that it was a pure accident and do not expel him, instead he shall feed the wife and child of his former friend. He marries the woman and they live the life of a sea hunter family. Relatives find him and try to persuade him to come back to Canada and live a "civilized" life. He rejects this proposal and stays with the Chukchi.
The story contains between the lines a lot of Chukchi-Eskimo philosophy. The main point is the statement, that a simple life in harmony with nature is a better and more fulfilling alternative to living with business and money in modern civilization.
Few indigenous people become writers or poets. Rytchëu is insofar very valuable, as authentic.
Among many other works, "The Moon Dog" is recommendable, dealing with love, sexuality and some basic philosophical questions.
This is one of my favorite books. The characters will capture you, and you will be transported to a different culture and time period. This book makes you think about what it means to be human.
this was an unusual and interesting book that got deeply and empathetically into a very extreme lifestyle. it's written in a naïve style, and being translated from the Russian sometimes gives it an alien quality, but it's a valuable experience.
it is an amazing story about the survival of the Chukotka people and how a "westerner" gets integrated into their society ... I am just wondering if the opposite (a Chukotka men's integration into the western world) would make a heartwarming tale ...
I read this unusual book, passed it on to my husband and we passed it on to our daughter. We hope that the books' journey continues. It is a
wonderful follow-up to the PBS genetic beginnings series that mentions these people.
The book is thoughtful, well written.
A story that draws you in, a world as different as you can imagine. Extreme yet enticing. A great read..
This is a real gem of a book! Written about a native community in the Arctic, the reader is captivated by the splendor of the landscape, the warmth of the people, and one man's struggle to adapt.
I recommend this remarkable book to anyone interested in the culture of people living in far off corners of the world. The novel gives an insight in the Chukchi community. A look at the map in north east Siberia will give an idea of the remoteness of the Chuktoka Region where Chukchi’s live. The author of the novel hails from Chuktoka Region. In this novel he has woven a beautiful narrative and rich ethnographic detail .

The simplicity of the narrative is one of the enduring quality of the novel just like the Chukchi’s . The story is about the eight years John spends with the Chukchi’s. He arrives in 1910 as a young Canadian soldier. Injured and left by his ship with the Chukchi’s; John’s hands have to be amputated. Crippled with little hope of returning home John is at the mercy of the Chukchi's. The author uses various events to bring out the Chukchi approach to life – Toko’s accidental death by John, John's marriage to Pyl’mau, the famine and resulting death of John's daughter, etc define the characters of John, Orvo, Toko, Pyl’mau, Carpenter the main cast as well as bring out the Chukchi way of life. Towards the end the climax builds as external forces are at play - Russia is convulsed by the great war, czar and his family is killed and the Bolshevik revolution is dispossessing the rich and giving to the poor. The other ‘white’ in the area Carpenter, wants John to leave. Prospectors have begun looking for gold and metals in the region threatening Chukchi’s way of life. Amidst this John is presented with a compelling reason to return home. The end is serene, soothing and calm.

Initially John holds the stereotype view of Chukchi’s as ‘savages’. Orvo the Chukchi elder who lived abroad recalls his experience – ‘When they spotted a white she-bear on a drifting iceberg and killed her, taking her cub on board, the sailors treated it with more care than they did Orvo, a human being, a hunter of walrus and whale and those same polar bears.’ John gradually begins to understand the community, respects them and makes an effort to be accepted as one of them. Even though he is crippled he rises to the Chukchi view of a person – “He’s not worthy of living, the man who can’t feed himself.” Later he becomes an advocate for their cause. But how far will John be able to take his commitment when he is presented with an opportunity to return to his own past and family?

Chukchi’s are children of the nature. They respect nature. They do not complain against the famine but stoically accept it as Narginen’s (the external forces that guide all life) way of giving them a message. They can read into the signals of nature predict it. They limit their needs to the basic minimum. “We have to kill the grown ones (walrus), no touching pups. They are our living stores.” Though they are at times beset with greed and jealousies; yet these are minor infractions never reaching the extent to disrupt their community or nature. The community life of Chukchi requires them to share and respect others lives.
“There are some rules in life that makes a persons life difficult, but help all people together”. “The sun dosen’t decide which person to give the most light and heat, it’s the same for everybody.” This is in sharp contrast with the deeply individual and materialistic life John has come away from and Carpenter continues to perpetuate.

We get a thumbnail view of life in the yarangs ( Chukchi dwellings), the food habits and hospitality to strangers. The Chukchi’s virtually meet all of their needs of food, clothing and shelter from hunting and fishing. Salt, sugar, tobacco, guns, bad water (alcohol) are luxuries white men trade with them occasionally. John is surprised when the Shaman woman retrieves the sugar cube from he mouth after having her tea. It is precious.

The character of John ,Pyl’mau John's wife, Orvo the village elder and the other ‘white’ Carpenter have been well developed. John and Carpenter stand in sharp contrast - while John melds with the Chukchi culture and makes an effort to be one of them. Carpenter on the other hand exploits them.

The author gives a first hand insight into beauty and harshness of nature in the Arctic region. Frigid, cold, teeming with life in summer and the brilliant Northern Lights lighting up the sky in winter. What seems gory to us in the way the Chukchi hunt walruses or skin a whale is routine for them. Yet they are so serene, tender and kind. ‘People who live in cold climes must keep warm by kindness.’

A rare treat to read.