The Snow Geese

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Pan Macmillan, Mar 1, 2010 - North America - 249 pages
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WINNER OF THE HAWTHORNDEN PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE SUNDAY TIMES YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR One winter, after an enforced period of quiet, William Fiennes finds himself restless and yearning for adventure. Inspired by his reading about the migratory patterns of birds, he flies to Texas to find the million-strong flocks of snow geese and to follow them on their spring flight thousands of miles north to breeding grounds on the Arctic tundra. This mesmerizing book, already a classic, captures their journey with wisdom, humility and endless curiosity. It is a meditation on freedom of movement, on seeing the world anew, and on the joy of returning - indefinably changed. 'Why are we drawn to birds, to landscape, to nature? It is for the sense of wonder - and in capturing that sense of wonder, Fiennes reminds us how desperately we all need it' Sunday Telegraph 'The Snow Geese moved me as have few other recent books. No one who reads it is likely to continue to look at the world in the same way' Times Literary Supplement 'A beautifully solitary and beautifully reflective book' Evening Standard 'The descriptions of the geese and their environment are jaw-droppingly beautiful. But Fiennes' most remarkable talent is for describing the quotidian with such freshness that it is like seeing the world for the first time' Mail on Sunday 'An inspired work of natural history and travel. A classic' Irish Independent

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User Review  - Ailie - Goodreads

(So far) this is amazing - absolutely beautiful prose Read full review

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User Review  - Brad Tyer - Goodreads

Englishman Fiennes follows a goose migration from Texas to arctic Canada. Gorgeous send-you-to-the-dictionary prose, likable narrator, interesting naturalism, and a travel narrative that tackles homesickness and nostalgia. You don't necessarily need to be interested in geese. Read full review

About the author (2010)

William Fiennes is the author of The Snow Geese and most recently, The Music Room. He was Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and the recipient of a Somerset Maugham Award. He lives in London.

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