A Woman in the Polar Night

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A Woman in the Polar Night

A Woman in the Polar Night

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Ritter was an Austrian painter, and this is her only book—an account of the year she spent with her husband on the island of Spitsbergen, which is far, far, far north in Norway.

I think she survived through her good humor and through discovery - the "strange illumination of one's own self" and of seeing the world anew.She captures the majesty feels as she wanders in this place and learns the moods of the seasons, and the beauty of the terrain. I wondered how she felt when she found, with no warning, that she would be living in a 10x10 hut with not just her husband but a strange man!

The savage magnificence of the landscape carries the book for me, but the interactions between Ritter (an Austrian artist), her husband and a young Norwegian adventurer, are cheerful and sincere, and also a highlight. The cookie is set by Facebook to show relevant advertisments to the users and measure and improve the advertisements. The painter Christiane Ritter leaves her comfortable life in Austria and travels to the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen, to spend a year there with her husband. Ritter was utterly unprepared for the daily struggle, having expected a year’s cozy retreat: “I could stay by the warm stove in the hut, knit socks, paint from the window, read thick books in the remote quiet and, not least, sleep to my heart’s content.This book was one of my favourite reads in 2020, but of course I love everything arctic, and especially reading about the women that went there before me. We know being out in the polar night does makes her feel frightened and alone, but we don't get much sense of Ritter's character. The young woman in this story is married to a man that is a hunter/trapper who takes expeditions to the Artic and lives in a hut on the small island of Spitsbergen.

I did enjoy more the tales of finding a tiny bit of ancient dried yeast so they could make bread, etc.The people on the ship Christiane sails to to meet Hermann on the Arctic island can't believe she's going to attempt this, and try to talk her out of it. And away she goes, leaving behind her small daughter, and travels to Svalbard, a small island that touches the 80th parallel, far north in the Arctic Ocean. It took a while for me to get in to this book but as soon as the woman arrived in the polar night I found it hard to put down and the last couple of chapters left a lump in my throat.



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