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At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic

At the End of the World A True Story of Murder in the Arctic At the End of the World is the remarkable story of a series of murders that occurred in an extremely remote corner of the Arctic in Those murders show that senseless violence in the name of relig

  • Title: At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic
  • Author: Lawrence Millman
  • ISBN: 9781250111401
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At the End of the World is the remarkable story of a series of murders that occurred in an extremely remote corner of the Arctic in 1941 Those murders show that senseless violence in the name of religion is not only a contemporary phenomenon, and that a people as seemingly peaceful as the Inuit can become unpeaceful at the drop of a hat or, in this instance, a meteor showAt the End of the World is the remarkable story of a series of murders that occurred in an extremely remote corner of the Arctic in 1941 Those murders show that senseless violence in the name of religion is not only a contemporary phenomenon, and that a people as seemingly peaceful as the Inuit can become unpeaceful at the drop of a hat or, in this instance, a meteor shower.At the same time, the book is a warning cry against the destruction of what s left of our culture s humanity, along the destruction of the natural world Has technology deprived us of our eyes the author asks Has it deprived the world of birds, beasts, and flowers Lawrence Millman s At the End of the World is a brilliant and original book by one of the boldest writers of our era.

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    1. 3.5 Not at all a chronological read, but more as musings, Millman wanders back and forth in thought and deed to the murders that took place in the Arctic in 1941. Most of these thoughts are only a few lines long but they are so extremely insightful, full of warnings and thoughts about our current addiction to all things that contain screens, our lack of care and indeed even notice of our natural world and original cultures and the danger our complete indifference can and have already caused.The [...]

    2. This is like nothing I've ever read before. Lawrence Millman tells the story of a series of murders committed in the name of religion by a few of the Belcher Inuit of Hudson Bay back in March of 1941. But interspersed in the telling are his thoughts on nature and his funny and ironic comments on our world today. For instance, he coins the word 'Cyberia' and says it is one of the most highly populated realms on our planet. It has no landscape, only endless screens, and the inhabitants don't reali [...]

    3. I have never written a review before but this book was so disappointing that I needed to vent about it. Do NOT read this book. It's awful. It bills itself as being an investigation into murders in the arctic with a lot of Inuit and natural history of the area along the way. This sounded like something I would really enjoy, like my true crime podcasts and Bill Bryson came together. NOPE! It's terrible. It's just a series of thoughts, like reading postit notes about whatever caught the authors ey [...]

    4. The author's "kids these days with their iPhones and their Nintendos and their internet" shtick distracts from a fascinating true story. He's trying to draw parallels and warn about shifts in ways of life, but it just ends up feeling like being scolded in the middle of an otherwise interesting read.

    5. If you're the kind of person who thinks, "You know what would make this potentially fascinating story of murder and religion in the Arctic even better? The smug ramblings of a Neo-Luddite!" then this book is for you.Everyone else can probably give it a miss. This was so disappointing.

    6. At the End of the Worldwas a very interesting book. I planned this year to read other genres than the ones I am used to. So, here I go. I was reluctant at first but I am glad that I did. The book was really good. It has a bit of everything and to my surprise it was also a page turner for me. In "At the End of the World", Lawrence Millman visits Hudson Bay and the Belcher Islands to investigate a series of murders that occurred there in 1941. At first I thought i was delving into a book about som [...]

    7. Let's start with this: readers expecting a true-crime story will be disappointed by At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic. While the strange crimes central to the book are fascinating, they're not Millman's main focus. (It could be argued, as other reviewers on have noted, that his real subject is the ubiquity of technology and its effect on the average American--a topic that seems to enrage him and leave him feeling smugly superior in nearly equal parts.)At the End of t [...]

    8. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC, which I received in exchange for my honest review. I had a really difficult time getting into this book - I tried multiple times and made it about halfway through before I decided not to finish it. Millman's style is very conversational - many paragraphs end in ellipses as he trails off, jumps into side notes and tangents, many of which have a very tenuous relationship with the story itself. Millman is also incredibly judgmental of technolo [...]

    9. So disappointing basically another baby boomer saying "millennials are killing [insert anything here]", which is frankly becoming exhausting. His holier-than-thou-I-am-more-enlightened-than you Luddite attitude completely derailed the narrative of a historical tragedy that I came to the book looking to find. The author seemed just as self-absorbed as the "cyberians" he looked down on and did not do the story justice, making it seem like the deaths of those Inuks invalid and something you could l [...]

    10. I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley.I requested this book as I teach the Dene for IB Social Anthropology and I thought this would make an interesting read and perhaps something I could adapt for my students. There is actually a lot of information and research in the book that would make for an excellent ethnography; in fact the increasing use of technology amongst Inuit people is a growing focus in anthropology.Unfortunately, the book as it stands is not a good read. The book reads more [...]

    11. Less about the circumstances of murders inspired by religion in the far north, At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder read like a treatise on the horrors of modern technological consumption. While some excellent points were made, I was disappointed that the anti-tech rhetoric overwhelmed information about the murders/religious hysteria.

    12. I can't remember the last time I've been so disappointed in a book. Buyer, beware: this is not, as the title would lead readers to believe, a narrative account of murder in the arctic. Instead, it's a series of self-indulgent ramblings and barbed little witticisms at the expense of the author's contemporaries. These smug comments are loosely arranged around a few mentions of a series of 1941 murders in Hudson Bay. Honestly, I hold the publisher responsible for marketing this as narrative nonfict [...]

    13. I got about 50 pages into it before realizing that I had no obligation to finish reading, and stopped--but I'll never get that time back. I wish there was an option to give this zero stars. I would recommend this to people who enjoy reading about how people with cellphones, along with television and the internet in general, have irritated the author. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone interested in the arctic or in murder.

    14. This was, sadly, a disappointing read.At The End of the World covers the little-known Belcher Island Murders, where nine people were killed in the winter of 1941. The reason?An Inuit named Charley Ouyerack believed himself to be Jesus Christ, and revealed another man - Peter Sala - to he God. More than a few believed, and those who didn't were killed because they were 'Satan'.Sadly, the book doesn't do a good job of writing about the murders. There are a few problems, such as the choppy writing. [...]

    15. The title makes this book seem so very fascinating. True crime that takes place in a super remote area, involving Native Americans? There is so much to love in this premise. The problem is, Millman doesn't really achieve any of this. Instead of focusing on the murders, Millman instead gives us a stream of consciousness piece. He'll focus on some of the details of the murders, but then he begins to muse about the plants up in the Arctic or the way of life of the Inuit, but generally he rants abou [...]

    16. What an aggravating read! It's supposed to be about a set of murders in the very remote Belcher Islands in Canada in 1941. One Inuk man proclaims he is Jesus and another proclaims he is God and they go killing anyone suspected of being Satan and others die while pushed to wait for the end of the world naked in freezing temps. Is the cause a shared delusion or a type of cult? Just an excuse to murder and take power? Or a misunderstanding of the white man's religion that they have been told parts [...]

    17. The author is described as a naturalist and an Arctic explorer. The book focuses mostly on 13 murders committed in a remote, peaceful, traditional Inuit settlement in 1941. This occurred on isolated Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay.It also laments that our society has become less connected to nature, environmental destruction and social interaction due to our growing addiction to digital devices. We are missing observable climate change and the degradation of nature due to growing dependence on iPh [...]

    18. It takes a whole lot to get a one star out of me and for such a short book this impressively begs for it. The tag line is 'A true story of murder in the arctic', and while there are notes and thoughts on the murders in question most of it laced and held together with the author's thoughts on 'today's youths', making it more a 'Thoughts from my notebooks as I kind of talk about murder and more gripe about today's young people'. He spends as much time going on about the evils of the 'Cyberians' (h [...]

    19. I could not finish this book. It's not really a historic account so much as the author's musings. He is a proud Luddite and makes a point to insert his commentary on the evils of technology and "kids these days" ramblings. I honestly don't remember anything about the native people or the supposed story he was telling. If you want to write your treatise against technology then go ahead, but don't disguise it as a historic mystery.

    20. I literally only finished this book so I could write a review on my insidious PHONE to be posted to an evil WEBSITE because I figured it would give the author fits.

    21. From the subtitle, one would think that Lawrence Millman’s At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Artic would be a true crime narrative. It is, sort of, but much of this brief book is taken up with Millman’s reflections on the digital age.The true crime aspect of the book is easy to summarize: in 1941 two Inuit men of Canada’s remote Belcher Islands decide that they are “God” and “Jesus”, respectively. Anyone in their small community who does not recognize their new [...]

    22. This book engages in something of a bait and switch. It purports to be about a fascinating case of cult murders that occurred in 1941 among the Inuit on the remote Belcher Islands of the Canadian Arctic. However, it is actually a prolonged rant against modern communications technology-- television, computers, the internet, and especially i-phones. Ironically, while the author complains that these devices distract us from the real world (a view I basically share), his obsessive condemnation of th [...]

    23. This book was a disappointment as I went into it expecting it to be about a series of murders that took place in the Arctic. Instead, this book is simply a compilation of notes taken by the author over a number of years and visits to the Arctic area known as the Belcher Islands. The story of the murders in many instances took a backseat to the author's observations about the climate of this Arctic region, his explanation of the environment of the area and how it is changing or has changed becaus [...]

    24. This book was an unexpected surprise – in a very good way. The subtitle “a true story of murder in the Arctic,” led me to believe that was the main event. Yes, it’s in the book but there is so much more going on. Millman takes you back to a horrific crime scene in the Belcher Islands in the 1940s, but that is just the beginning. Millman has much more on his mind, the clash of cultures, the role of religion, justice, the lost of habitat, and the impact of technology – and always the peo [...]

    25. The problem here is that 1) there's not really enough information about the actual case to fill a book (or, frankly, a feature-length magazine article, which is a shame because it would be interesting) and 2) Lawrence Millman by-god hates the internet.(Also, Mr. Millman seems weirdly obtuse when others make jokes -- don't worry, dude! No one actually observed a roomful of college kids start to twitch uncontrollably when asked to turn off their laptops! A high school bio teacher in MA (where one [...]

    26. In the Belchers Islands of Quebec's high arctic, a 1941 meteor shower triggered a bizarre episode of religious mania among Inuit people who had been contacted just long enough to get violent ideas about Christianity (their leader claimed to be Jesus and his followers murdered anyone they thought was Satan--and the chief symptom was denying Jesus), eventually murdering 13 people before things burned out. Millman is a long time naturalist, essayist and visitor to the Arctic, and his reconstruction [...]

    27. This book is a collection of disjointed, curmudgeonly, neo-Luddite ramblings with snippets of an Arctic murder thrown in to trick people into reading it. Really, come for the murder, stay for my rants about how poorly I understand Google search algorithms. If I had to venture a guess, Millman signed a contract to write a book about the 1941 Hudson Bay murders. There was not enough information available for an entire book, so he created a work that juxtaposed cultural changes. However, this is do [...]

    28. I'm really surprised by the low rating of this book. I really enjoyed it. There is an overview of the Belcher Island murders in 1941, a piece of history I had no prior knowledge of or about. The author does add in a lot of anti-technology notes, but I understand what he was trying to do with the comparisons he draws. I actually agreed with a lot of his assessment of our modern "addiction" to technology. It does come off as a little smug, which is why he added in his own use of technology, I thin [...]

    29. The story is really interesting. I didn't really get into Millman's writing style though. The entire book is like reading through his daily scratched notes, which mix together notes about the story, his past life antidotes, and his present day activities (mostly mushroom/lichen searches and complaints about modern technology). While I agree with many of his issues with iDevices as he calls them, I would have rather read more details about the murders and the subsequent trials. Overall, the book [...]

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