Monday, July 2, 2018

The Iceberg Hermit

This is one of the many scholastic books that stands out in my memory. I believed every word of it - 17 year old Allan survives a Greenland shipwreck, kills a polar bear and raises the bear's orphaned cub, eventually finds a group of native people who take him in, and seven years later, finds his way back to Scotland.

Later, I learned it was merely based on a true story.

Later still, I learned it is probably pure fiction. Still, it is one of those books I read over and over and over. Writing about it now, I'm tempted to pull it off the shelf and read it again.


  1. That sounds like a perfect adventure for a hot day!

  2. Good idea for a summer afternoon (though it might be too cold for a NZ winter afternoon!).

  3. It does sound good. I would have loved it during my Jack London days.


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