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The Snow Geese: A Story of Home


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ISBN13: 9780375507298
ISBN10: 0375507299
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Every spring, millions of geese embark on an arduous three-thousand-mile migration from their winter quarters in the southern United States to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic. One year William Fiennes decided to go with them. Intrigued by what hed read about the birds amazing annual journey, Fiennes was also desperate to emerge from a period of illness and from the belief that, at age twenty-six, his life had ground to a halt.

The story of his voyage turns out to be about a great deal more than geese. A blend of memoir, natural history, and travel writing, The Snow Geese is also about homecoming: the birds on their long homeward journey north, the romance of homecomings, the urge to leave home and the even stronger need to return. The arc of Fienness extraordinary adventure is the backbone of a narrative rich in meditations on philosophy and natural science, and deeply perceptive in its descriptions of both physical and emotional travel.

Already being compared with Bruce Chatwin and Barry Lopez, William Fiennes is a gifted writer with a voice that is thoughtful, wry, and keenly observant. His book thrums with ideas, with stories and anecdotes, with humankind as well as with birds. The joy of being alive, of being on the move, and—above all—of returning home are poignantly captured in this intelligent, exuberant book, a debut of great delicacy and distinction.

About the Author

William Fiennes has contributed to Granta, The London Review of Books, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, and The Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Oxford, England. The Snow Geese is his first book.

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teelgee, October 30, 2009 (view all comments by teelgee)
I wanted to love this nonfiction book. A couple of my book buddies raved about it. The writing was good. The story was interesting - Fiennes, a Brit, becomes fascinated by snow geese and follows them on their migration from Texas to the northern wilds of Canada.

This read more like a novel - which, for this book, did not work for me. Fiennes seemed almost obsessed with the clothes of the people he encountered on his journey - lengthy descriptions of shirts and sweatshirts and hats and coats, which for the most part added nothing to the story.

He either has a knack for meeting unusual people or he embellished some of the characters. Everyone was folksy and funny and memorable.

I would rather have read more about the geese and less about the travels and the traveling companions. I'd be interested to read his book of fiction.
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A Story of Home
Fiennes, William
Random House
New York
Birds & Birdwatching
North America
Snow goose
Birds & Birdwatching - General
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1st U.S. ed.
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8.62x5.94x.95 in. .91 lbs.

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