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The Museum of Whales You Will Never See by Kendra Greene

The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: Travels Among the Collectors of Iceland

Kendra Greene

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Category: Travel, Non-fiction
Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication date: 2 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781783785933
4 stars out of 5
7 Aug 2020

"Iceland’s idiosyncratic museum collections – from rocks to sea monsters – provoke delightful reflections from an American artist and essayist"

But Greene doesn’t offer much of a conclusion – she just enjoys the museum of sea monsters for the eccentric unlikelihood of the place. Birds, polar bears, whales, sorcery – all are equally of value, and her celebration of Iceland’s museums takes all of them into its cabinet of wonders, its exuberant, idiosyncratic enthusiasm. Greene’s mind doesn’t move in lines, either curved or straight, but in weaves and knots, new threads radiating from each tangle of concepts. Her tone is delightfully looping, oracular, faux naif; The Museum of Whales You Will Never See is work not of cataloguing and curating, but of longing and love.