• Kabloona

  • Among the Inuit
  • By: Gontran de Poncins
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 24-05-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 2.5 out of 5 stars 2.5 (2 ratings)


Kabloona is a true story of a journey into the North. This extraordinary classic has been variously acclaimed as one of the great books of adventure, travel, anthropology, and spiritual awakening. In the summer of 1938, the Frenchman Gontran de Poncins traveled beyond the "Barren Lands" north of the Arctic Circle to Kind William Island, an island of 10,000 square miles. The entire population of the island consisted of 25 Eskimos, their primitive lives untouched by the civilization of the white man.
For 15 months Gontran de Poncins lived among the Inuit people of the Arctic. He is 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. But as de Poncins' 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.
©1941 Gontran de Poncins (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-02-06

Informative, thrilling, just great

I was looking for something specificly about the life of Eskimos, and I was lucky to find this title. Just what I wanted: a thorough account of a Westerner's journey into the Arctic, a detailed description of the Eskimo way of life and way of thinking, by a man who lived for 15 months as one of them, not just as a traveler. Not 1 superfluous word. Everything is informative, enriching, and very clearly written. The book is never boring. I also found it to be spiritually enlightening; an insight into a different outlook on life. The author visited the Eskimos in 1938 but I'd guess life in these regions has not changed much.

The narrator is also very good.

Great book!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Filmguy on 24-02-06

Fascinating Adventure

I enjoyed every minute of this fascinating adventure. His attitude toward the Inuit is less than enlightened (which is not a surprise considering when it was written), but his descriptions of the people and their culture are unsurpassed and never dull or boring. You will want to drag out your map and track his adventure like I did.

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