The Snow Geese

➻ [Download] ➸ The Snow Geese By William Fiennes ➺ – Every spring millions of geese embark on an arduous three thousand mile migration from their winter uarters in the southern United States to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic One year Will Every spring millions of geese embark on an arduous three thousand mile migration from their winter uarters 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 he’d read about the birds’ amazing annual journey Fiennes was also desperate to emerge from a period of illness and from the belief The Snow PDF/EPUB or 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 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 Fiennes’s 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.The Snow Geese

William Fiennes’s first book The Snow Geese was a winner of the Somerset Maugham Award the Hawthornden Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize He lives in England.

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Snow Geese
  • William Fiennes
  • English
  • 02 September 2014
  • 9780375507298

10 thoughts on “The Snow Geese

  1. says:

    The concept is wonderful Fiennes inspired by Gallico's The Snow Goose and a life changing illness sets out to follow the migration of the Snow Goose chen caerulescens from wintering grounds in south central Texas to its breeding home on Baffin Island It's a planes trains and automobiles story as he moves northward always ahead of the geese Unfortunately it disappoints on two counts Most importantly the geese hardly show up Fiennes is ultimately attracted to his encounters with people along the way some uite eccentric most of whom have no interest whatsoever in Snow geese nor his uest And the end of the road Foxe Land in the tundra there's no climax no drama no epiphanal moment It's jolly ho the trip is done back to the UK for me This is probably not the book for the die hard birder but will suit for those fascinating by travel adventures in improbable places

  2. says:

    25 Having recovered from an illness that hit him at age 25 while he was studying for a doctorate Fiennes set off to track the migration route of the snow goose which starts down in the Gulf of Mexico and goes north to the Arctic territories of Canada He was inspired by his father’s love of birdwatching and Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose which I have not read I thought this book couldn’t fail to be great what with themes of travel birds illness and identity However Fiennes gets bogged down in details When he stays with friendly Americans in Texas he gives you every detail of their home décor meals and way of speaking; when he takes a Greyhound bus ride he recounts every conversation he had with his random seatmates This is too much about the grind of travel and not enough about the natural spectacles he was searching for And then when he gets up to the far north he eats snow goose So anyway I ended up just skimming this one for the birdwatching bits I did like Fiennes’s writing just not what he chose to focus on so I’ll read his other memoir The Music RoomWe purchased a remainder copy on one of our first trips to Hay on WyeDid you know? “The black tips to the wings weren’t decorative the concentration of melanin pigments – the pigments responsible for dark colouring – strengthens the primary flight feathers making them resilient an adaptation often seen in birds that undertake long migrations

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  4. says:

    I'd never heard of this before one of my favourite booksellers raved about it to me and it's immediately become one of my absolute favouritesIt tells the story of the author's attempt to follow along with the snow goose migration from the Gulf of Mexico up to the frozen north of Canada The nature writing is stunning glorious the awe inspiring sight of tens of thousands of migrating geese is vividly drawn The landscapes too are incredible especially as the journey moves further and further northBut even stunning are Fiennes' portraits of the odd people he meets on the journey hunters train obsessives birders and There are broad themes too about the desire for home about balancing the excitement of the new against the comforts of the familiar It's a really wonderful work and the photo on the front is 👌

  5. says:

    This book was inspired by Fiennes read in of The Snow Goose when younger and after a period in hospital when he had a burning longing to return home to familiar and comforting surroundings He wondered what drove the Snow goose to travel all across America from Texas to AlaskaPart travel book and part natural history Fiennes follows the route that the geese take by coach meeting a series of characters along the way At each point that the geese move is determined by the conditions so occasionally he gets ahead of them and sees them arrive In one location he is asked to house sit at one point by someone he has just met and goes out to the place where thy feed and watches them arriveIt is a beautifully written book and effortless to read He successfully manages to link his longing to retuning home with the journey of the snow gooze and them instinctive drive to travel huge distances Well worth reading

  6. says:

    I got bored

  7. says:

    The Snow Geese is an odd little book The author William Fiennes becomes fascinated with snow geese while he is recuperating from a long illness at his family home and decides to follow the geese as they migrate across AmericaI thought when I bought the book that The Snow Geese would be part memoirpart travel diary a bit like Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson but instead it was a book filled almost completely with tangents Fiennes is a good writer and some of his descriptions are evocative and lovely but there doesn't seem to be a real central theme to the book For me the most cohesive part of the book is at the very beginning where Fiennes is describing his illness some of his school days and his family home For the rest of the time he doesn't talk about himself at all He describes in detail the clothing of every person he meets and the conversations he has with them and the various places he stops in along the way but there were no real personal insights or the sense that he really learns anything meaningful on this epic journey through AmericaSome of the chapters were devoted to facts and figures about birds which makes sense but other pages were filled with statistics about railways and trains volcanoes and studies on homesickness which didn't seem to serve a purpose other than to meet a word countI kept waiting for the 'great revelation' where Fiennes would pull together all these different stories tangents facts and figures to come up with some epiphany or overall message but it never came He got to Baffin Island saw the geese ate a few of them and then couldn't wait to come home againAll this isn't to say I didn't like the book; I did It was a peaceful and relaxing read and a nice reasonably informative story I liked it enough to want to keep the book rather than put it back into a charity shop I'm not sure if I will read it again but I'll keep it on the shelf just in caseOverall rating 35 stars

  8. says:

    Overall I really didn't like this book I had to force myself to read it only because I usually feel obligated to finish books I start I found it to be really repetitive disconnected and too descriptive It seems like 70% of the book was just imagery Imagery is great I love me some imagery but there was just too much and what was being described in such strenuous detail was usually uninteresting or unimportant Finnes added a lot of antidotes that were mildly interesting These varied from the stories he heard on his journey to the history of nostalgia It was apparent that most of these blurbs revolved around the central theme of home Though it was easy to see I wish the author had connected the ideas and the theme even just subtly rather than leave it fragmented I realize it's part of the format of the memoir but I think it was necessary; it would have been possible to achieve without compromising that format The author mentioned some of the same things multiple times sometimes it seemed word for word These aspects resulted in the book not being exciting enough to hold my attentionTo be fair it wasn't just Finnes' writing that caused my disliking of this book; it was also the subject A big part of why I didn't like it was that I simply do not care about the migratory patterns of birds At all really Why did I choose to read this book? Who knowsWhen I don't like a book which isn't often I usually feel like I'm missing something that would make the book worth while But with The Snow Geese I'm uite confident that I caught all there was to catch and it wasn't enough for me However I will say it was usually uite well written and the sentences flowed pretty nicelyBut yeah all of my friends couldn't understand why I chose to read this book and looking back neither do I

  9. says:

    Traveling from Texas to Baffin Island following the snow geese while they migrate to their nesting grounds guided by the sun the stars the earth magnetism A very interesting journey but told in a detached way as if the author is afraid to be enthralled by nature’s call and lose his defined though weakened by an illness identity The purpose of his journey is to regain faith in life and he undertakes it as if he were swallowing a medicine No excitement no awe no flowing love The narration though elegant at times lacks brilliance The author feels lonely and homesick from the start compares his longing for home to the geese migration to their birth land overlooking the fact that the geese might enjoy the sun the wind the changing lights along their journey He accomplishes his project–arrives at the geese nesting home just one of their homes – but all along the way he looks at the new environments of land animals and people from a distance feels a stranger and seems to need it as if by asserting himself as different from his surroundings he strengthens his own identity and nourishes his life recently threatened The feeling at the end of this engaging story is that he didn’t live this unusual experience as intensely as he could have that he missed emotions and discoveries and so did the reader A potentially fascinating journey that turned out to be simply interesting

  10. says:

    I wasn't sure about this book to start with but I was gradually drawn in Recovering from a long and debilitating illness Fiennes comes across a copy of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose which he read as a child and is prompted to follow migrating snow geese from Texas to the Arctic tundra His journey away from the confines of home gradually reawakens for him the joy of being alive but like the birds he eventually also longs to return to the familiar himselfThis is a slow comtemplative book You get the impression of a silent solitary figure who says little about himself but carefully observes the world around him and the people he meets then painstakingly sets telling details down on paper meticulously choosing each word This reticence means that you aren't even sure whether he likes or dislikes the people he meets on his journey But his descriptions of the emptiness and silence of the tundra at the end of the book are amazing

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