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Random House, Dec 31, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
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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  - countrylife - LibraryThing

During a glacial expedition, Dr. Byrne has an accident which lands him upside down in a crevasse, where he thinks he sees something trapped in the ice. Rescued, his life then goes on, yet he obsesses ... Read full review

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User Review  - auntmarge64 - LibraryThing

A lyrical story of obsession, exploration, and, most centrally, glaciers. A young British doctor, Ned Byrne, takes part in an 1898 expedition to a glacier in Alberta (Canada), during which he falls ... Read full review

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Thomas Wharton lives and teaches English in Edmonton.

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