September 24, 1979 12:00 PM

by C.W. Nicol

A young Englishman arrives for a summer’s work with a botany teacher among the Inuit, as the Arctic Eskimos call themselves. He takes to their ways and they admire his enormous size and his smiles, plus his instincts—which make him surprisingly at home in a primitive society. Nicol, a young Welsh novelist who himself has lived among Eskimo tribes, has written a wonderful novel, spoiled only by an introduction that gives away the whole plot. Yet even without suspense, the book’s authentic details and Eskimo characters, with their skills at life and survival, are compelling. The dust jacket, with an Eskimo print of bear hunters, is handsome. (Little, Brown, $8.95)

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