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THE MAGNETIC NORTH
Notes From the Arctic Circle
By Sara Wheeler

a NYTimes review
By Holly Morris 
February 4, 2011

concluding lines of the review:

The monks have returned, and with them “a kind of humanity that eluded articulation,” but one that Wheeler sensed and sifted for all over the Arctic. “The spirit lived in the quiet chants and the muttered prayers; they plucked new life out of death, as they always had,” she writes. “Just as dignified integrity outlasted cultural destruction among the Inuit, a sense of quiet redemption lived on among the boneyards of Stalin’s White Sea camp. It was a good place to end.” 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/books/review/Morris-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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