Icefields

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Random House, Dec 31, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
16 Reviews
On an expedition in the Canadian Rockies at the end of the nineteenth century, Dr Edward Byrne slips and falls almost 60 feet into a crevasse on the Arcturus Glacier. While trapped, hanging upside down and wary that the slightest movement could send him plunging deeper into the abyss, Byrne notices a mysterious winged figure embedded in the ice wall. The vision shakes his sanity, and after his recovery continues to haunt him until he abandons his fiancee and his medical practice in England and returns to a lonely vigil in a shack near the spot on the ice where he almost lost his life. His spirit trapped, he seeks the truth by questioning closely the strange characters that cross his path and meticulously recording the advance and decline of the myths and legends of an early settlement and is transformed by the coming of the railroad into a thriving tourist centre - with an impact as far away as the battlefields for the First World War.

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User Review  - Matt Heavner - Goodreads

A fantastic novel -- it got better and better. The glaciology was enjoyable, but the glacier was secondary. This was a very sparsely written, almost surrealistic novel that sparked my imagination and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kelly Mahaney - Goodreads

Enjoyable read. Cross between history mixed with some fiction to make the story entertaining. Recommend. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Thomas Wharton lives and teaches English in Edmonton.

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