- Title: The Snow Geese
- Author: William Fiennes
- ISBN: 1447275446
- Page: 174
- Format: broch
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Every spring, millions of geese embark on an arduous three thousand mile migration from their winter quarters in the southern United States to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic One year William Fiennes decided to go with them Intrigued by what hed read about the birds amazing annual journey, Fiennes was also desperate to emerge from a period of illness and from the belief that, at age twenty six, his life had ground to a halt The story of his voyage turns out to be about a great deal than geese A blend of memoir, natural history, and travel writing, The Snow Geese is also about homecoming the birds on their long homeward journey north, the romance of homecomings, the urge to leave home and the even stronger need to return The arc of Fienness extraordinary adventure is the backbone of a narrative rich in meditations on philosophy and natural science, and deeply perceptive in its descriptions of both physical and emotional travel Already being compared with Bruce Chatwin and Barry Lopez, William Fiennes is a gifted writer with a voice that is thoughtful, wry, and keenly observant His book thrums with ideas, with stories and anecdotes, with humankind as well as with birds The joy of being alive, of being on the move, and above all of returning home are poignantly captured in this intelligent, exuberant book, a debut of great delicacy and distinction.
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This book was left behind by a summer house-guest who could not be bothered to finish it and did not rate it enough to give it luggage room. Given this inauspicious introduction, I started reading it out of curiosity and because I have diametrically opposing tastes to those of the 'gifter'.The author of this autobiographical account is recovering from a debilitating illness which derailed his young adulthood and left him physically weak and emotionally vulnerable. In this precarious mental sta [...]
This book was a joy to read and was filled with intricate knowledge and curiosity about the geese and their migration as well as an exquisitely detailed account of the passion of one man to journey wth these birds and along the way to discover interesting and kindly folk.
Received in great condition in timely manner and followup to be sure I got what I wanted when I needed it was excellent. Story is fascinating as well. All around a good deal!
This book will entertain those who enjoy travel memoirs, natural history-lite, and don't mind long forays into description and philosophy.This nonfiction book was inspired by Paul Gallico's, "The Snow Goose" (1940). The author begins with a recollection of this story and then briefly describes his protracted illness at the age of 25 with an illness. After returning to his family home to recover Fiennes decides to take a journey to trace the snow goose's spring migration. Starting in Austin, Texa [...]
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