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By Edward Beauclerk Maurice

At 16, Edward Beauclerk Maurice unexpectedly signed up with the Hudson's Bay corporation -- the corporate of Gentleman Adventurers -- and ended up at an remoted buying and selling publish within the Canadian Arctic, the place there has been no verbal exchange with the surface global and just one send arrived every year. yet he was once now not on my own. The Inuit those that traded there taught him the right way to song polar bears, construct igloos, and continue to exist ferocious iciness storms. He discovered their language and have become thoroughly immersed of their tradition, incomes the identify Issumatak, that means “he who thinks.”

In The final Gentleman Adventurer, Edward Beauclerk Maurice relates his tale of coming of age within the Arctic and transports the reader to a time and a lifestyle now misplaced forever.

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