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Four Quarters of Light: A Journey Through Alaska

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Brian Keenans fascination with Alaska began when he was a small boy choosing his first library book in school: Jack Londons wondrous The Call of the Wild. And Alaskas mesmeric wilderness has permeated Keenans life ever since. A short visit to Fairbanks several years ago was enough to seal his connection with the place, and he resolved to return. He eventually did so with a head full of questions about its inspiring landscape and a heart informed with his own love of the desolate places of the world. In a journey that takes him through four geographical quarters from snowmelt in May to snowfall in September, he discovers a land as fantastical as a fairy tale but whose vastness has a very peculiar type of allure.

From dog-mushing on a frozen lake beneath the colors of the aurora borealis to camping in a two-dollar tent in the tundra of the Arctic Circle, from skinning hides with an aging shaman and his wife to boating in the stormy Bering Sea, and along frozen inlets to a remote Eskimo fishing camp, Keenan seeks out the ultimate wilderness experience and connects with a spectrum of wildlife, including his own “spirit bear,” all of them roamers in “The Big Lonely.” En route, he encounters hard-core survivalists who know what struggle and endurance mean from their daily battle for existence. And finally, he discovers that true wilderness is as much a state of mind as it is a place and that ultimately, to make Alaska home, one must surrender to the land.

Review:

"Inspired by boyhood memories of reading Jack London's The Call of the Wild, Keenan (An Evil Cradling) travels from his native Ireland to Alaska with his wife and young sons in this memoir that was first published in the U.K. in 2004. Like most who first experience the wilds of Alaska from the comfort of an armchair, Keenan soon discovers that family travel through the great wilderness is more difficult than his romantic notions had prepared him for. Writing with insight, Keenan is adept at communicating the frigidity of the natural landscape, as well as its sturdy people. He treads carefully among the wildlife and its caretakers, learning about Alaska from a hired guide who allows him entry to events that most travelers are kept far away from. Keenan, with and without his family, drives a dog sled under the night sky, fights 'blizzards' of mosquitoes, visits a gold mine and talks to many Alaskan inhabitants who have remained despite the unrelenting climate. Although his writing can get bogged down with repetitive comments on the state's power and elusiveness ('Alaska never stays still long enough for you to get a hold on it'), Keenan's strength is in his respect for Alaska's strong simplicity. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In the course of a journey that takes him through four geographical quarters from snowmelt in May to snowfall in September, Keenan discovers a land as fantastical as a fairytale but whose vastness has a very peculiar type of allure.

Synopsis:

A short visit to Fairbanks several years ago was enough to seal his connection with the place, and he resolved to return. He did so in 2003 with a head full of questions about its inspiring landscape and a heart informed by his own love of the desolate places of the world. In a journey that takes him through four geographical quarters, from snowmelt in May to snowfall in September, he discovers a land as fantastical as a fairy tale but whose vastness has a very peculiar type of allure. From dog-mushing on a frozen lake beneath the colors of the aurora borealis to camping in a two-dollar tent in the tundra of the Arctic Circle, from skinning hides with an aging shaman and his wife to boating in the stormy Bering Sea, and along frozen inlets to a remote Eskimo fishing camp, Brian Keenan seeks out the ultimate wilderness experience and connects with a spectrum of wildlife--including his own spirit bear--all of them roamers in The Big Lonely. En route, Keenan encounters hard-core survivalists who know what struggle and endurance mean from their daily battle for existence. And finally, he discovers that true wilderness is as much a state of mind as it is a place, and that ultimately, to make Alaska home, one must surrender to the land.

About the Author

BRIAN KEENAN is the author of An Evil Cradling, his classic account of his years as a hostage in Beirut. He lives in Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767923255
Author:
Keenan, Brian
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Keenan, Brian
Subject:
United States - Pacific - Alaska
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Outdoor life
Subject:
Alaska Description and travel.
Subject:
Natural history -- Alaska.
Subject:
Americana - Alaska
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.98x5.34x.86 in. .71 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Inspired by boyhood memories of reading Jack London's The Call of the Wild, Keenan (An Evil Cradling) travels from his native Ireland to Alaska with his wife and young sons in this memoir that was first published in the U.K. in 2004. Like most who first experience the wilds of Alaska from the comfort of an armchair, Keenan soon discovers that family travel through the great wilderness is more difficult than his romantic notions had prepared him for. Writing with insight, Keenan is adept at communicating the frigidity of the natural landscape, as well as its sturdy people. He treads carefully among the wildlife and its caretakers, learning about Alaska from a hired guide who allows him entry to events that most travelers are kept far away from. Keenan, with and without his family, drives a dog sled under the night sky, fights 'blizzards' of mosquitoes, visits a gold mine and talks to many Alaskan inhabitants who have remained despite the unrelenting climate. Although his writing can get bogged down with repetitive comments on the state's power and elusiveness ('Alaska never stays still long enough for you to get a hold on it'), Keenan's strength is in his respect for Alaska's strong simplicity. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In the course of a journey that takes him through four geographical quarters from snowmelt in May to snowfall in September, Keenan discovers a land as fantastical as a fairytale but whose vastness has a very peculiar type of allure.

"Synopsis" by , A short visit to Fairbanks several years ago was enough to seal his connection with the place, and he resolved to return. He did so in 2003 with a head full of questions about its inspiring landscape and a heart informed by his own love of the desolate places of the world. In a journey that takes him through four geographical quarters, from snowmelt in May to snowfall in September, he discovers a land as fantastical as a fairy tale but whose vastness has a very peculiar type of allure. From dog-mushing on a frozen lake beneath the colors of the aurora borealis to camping in a two-dollar tent in the tundra of the Arctic Circle, from skinning hides with an aging shaman and his wife to boating in the stormy Bering Sea, and along frozen inlets to a remote Eskimo fishing camp, Brian Keenan seeks out the ultimate wilderness experience and connects with a spectrum of wildlife--including his own spirit bear--all of them roamers in The Big Lonely. En route, Keenan encounters hard-core survivalists who know what struggle and endurance mean from their daily battle for existence. And finally, he discovers that true wilderness is as much a state of mind as it is a place, and that ultimately, to make Alaska home, one must surrender to the land.
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