Alice R. Solovay – Review of The Ivory Caribou

a WONDERFULLY ENGROSSING READ.

on July 16, 2016
This is a sensual read. Starting early, we get intense visuals of landing in a white-knuckle small pontoon plane; noticing the change of terrain colors and textures as we get farther north: admiring the musculature and skin color of a man as he changes his shirt, the startling facial similarity of previously unknown relatives; etc.. We get intense kinesthetic feeling as we traverse various ground textures and are offered slices of raw caribou as “snacks.” Smells, sounds, sights, textures, tastes, and gentle erotica are served in ample supply.
We are introduced early into an Inuit family, with gentle instruction on how to behave in this alternate sphere (don’t ask questions, help others and accept help, don’t show emotions, accept that killing animals is part of living, learn that skills such as sewing well are treasured, share, etc.) We learn not to make assumptions.
a WONDERFULLY ENGROSSING READ.