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Titre : The Snow Geese
Éditeur : ISIS Publishing, United Kingdom
Date d'édition : 2003
Reliure : CD-ROM
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Unabridged.
Language: English . Brand New. Snow geese spend their summers on the tundra of the Canadian Arctic. Each autumn they migrate south to Delaware, California and the Gulf of Mexico. In the spring they fly north again. William Fiennes decided to go with them. The arc of Fiennes extraordinary adventure frames meditations on philosophy, natural science and personal memoir. N° de réf. du libraire AAS9780753115886
Synopsis : Snow geese spend their summers in the Canadian Arctic. Each autumn they migrate south, to Delaware and the Gulf of Mexico. In the spring they fly out north again. William Fiennes decided to go with them and to write about his travels.
Critique: Even without the unbridled enthusiasm of such writers as Peter Carey and Marina Warner that emblazon the jacket, a few pages of William Fiennes’ The Snow Geese would instantly alert the reader that this is something very special indeed. A remarkable piece of natural history and a striking book about the very notion of wandering, this is considerably more than travel writing; it is, in fact, a poetic vision that evokes the splendours and terrors of the Canadian Arctic in a fashion that goes beyond mere description. Perfectly judged prose gives a vision of the natural world that transports the reader utterly.
Snow geese spend each summer in the Canadian Arctic on the Tundra. Every autumn they migrate south to Delaware, California and the Gulf of Mexico, and in the spring they wing northwards again. Fascinated by this, William Fiennes made the decision to go with them and write about his travels. But the result turned out to be about so much more than the migration of geese. This synthesis of autobiography and reportage settles into its real subject swiftly: homecoming, and the powerful pull of the concept of home that motivates us all. The author’s daunting physical adventure is also a meditation on the philosophy of natural science and even the act of autobiography. The sheer energy of the book is mesmerising, and however subtle the writing, we read on transfixed--always relating these strange odysseys to our own travels in the world. The Snow Geese may change your very perception of what home means to you. --Barry Forshaw
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