|Plot Summary of Barren Lands: An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic|
For most of recent history, it was thought that diamonds came only from tropical lands like India, southern Africa, and Brazil. But men had searched for them pretty much everywhere else, including Georgia, Kentucky, Colorado, and southern Canada. In the 1990s what seemed like a huge strike finally occurred in northern Canada, in harsh, cold terrain filled with bears and wolverines. Naturally, the scientists and fortune hunters that fill Krajick's account are eccentrics to a man, and their stories make for hugely entertaining reading along with the history of man's search for diamonds across the planet, historic scams, a little on the history of the indigenous peoples and early British explorers of the American arctic, and the geology and physics of diamond creation. It reads like the best of John MacPhee's geology tales, but with wilder characters.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of Barren Lands: An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kind Of History
Time of history:
- 20th century
- 19th century
- 18th century
History of a journey/colonization?
Kind of journey?
- foot travel
Subjects of this Historical Account
Ethnicity (if plays a major part)
Is the portrayal sympathetic?
- Somewhat sympathetic
From a certain profession/group?
- Deep South
Part of Africa:
- Black Africa
The Americas (not US):
How much gore?
- 3 ()
How fast-paced is the book?
- 4 ()
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel...
How much focus on stories of individuals?
- Focuses mostly on history of key players
How much romance?
- 2 ()
Is book humorous?
How much humor?
- 3 ()
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Minor characters feature lots of:
- Necessary maps provided
Length of book
- 350-400 pages
How much emphasis on small details?
- 7 ()
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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