The Cage Author:Audrey Schulman A Woman. Hungry Bears. And only the bars of a small iron cage between them. — "The bears approached cautiously from the sides and back. They panted, the only sound. The large female stuck the front of her paw in between the bars. Only the claws and the first hald of the front pad would fit. She fanned her long white claws at Beryl, like fi... more »ngers gesturing forward... The bear's nose moved, wet, gleaming ebony skin, the curled inner tunnel shimmering a dark red. The black drawn-in smile of her mouth pulled back, opened, the inside dark as velvet, wet. Beryl realized she'd been moving her hand toward the nose. To touch it, to stroke the small slit openings for eyes."
Beryl is a nature photographer, sitting in a tiny iron cage in the Arctic, trying to capture the first close-up photos of polar bears in the wild. She is the only woman on the expedition, chosen because she is the only one who can fit in the cage. A fascinating, well-told tale in spare, evocative prose.« less