The Snow Geese

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Pan Macmillan, 2010 - North America - 200 pages
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An amazing story about a journey, and - more importantly - a return home.Snow geese spend their Summers in the Canadian Arctic, on the tundra. 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 and to write about his travels.What he produced turned out to be about very much more than geese. A blend of autobiography and reportage, its subject was also homecoming: the birds on their long journeys home, the grace of homecomings, the strange gravity that home exerts. The arc of Fiennes extraordinary physical adventure formed the backbone for meditations on philosophy, natural science and personal memoir. The book thrums with ideas, with stories and anecdotes, with humankind as well as wild fowl, with the funny and observant insights of an assured and highly entertaining writer."With this beautiful, haunting debut Fiennes joins that small, very special band of writer-explorers - Emerson and Thoreau, Annie Dilard and Bruce Chatwin - who give us another pair of eyes: he has renewed the variety and wonder of the world." Marina Warner

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Drifts of specks appeared above the horizon ring. Each speck became a goose. Flocks were converging on the pond from every compass point, a diaspora in reverse, snow geese flying in loose Vs and Ws ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

William Fiennes writes for, among others, the London Review of Books, the TLS and the Daily Telegraph.

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