But the reality was different. Maybe it's because at the time of reading, I had just returned from a year long trip to find my family in shambles and my home destroyed. I wanted to like this book but found myself skipping large chunks. Recovering from a long and debilitating illness, Fiennes comes across a copy of Paul Gallico's , which he read as a child, and is prompted to follow migrating snow geese from Texas to the Arctic tundra. Here I felt the subject matter, as interesting as it might have been, was let down by the indistinct voice of Fiennes as a writer. This is a special book that can be read as literature or as narrative natural history. I know that William made it - without my support.
I am also drawn to books that take their impulse from other books. One winter, after an enforced period of recuperation, William Fiennes finds himself restless and yearning for adventure. Eine Reise zwischen Himmel und Erde. In the absence of alternative information, they must take migratory data from the night sky. I did like this book but I didn't love it. Well written with evocative descriptions of the wintry countryside he travelled through.
Si buscas una lectura tranquila, y te apetece darte una vuelta recorriendo el Norte de América de Texas a la isla de Baffin, ¡esta podría ser una buena opción como siguiente lectura! It made sense as an ending before he saw his life being sucked back in rapid rewind. But with The Snow Geese, I'm quite confident that I caught all there was to catch, and it wasn't enough for me. To be fair, it wasn't just Finnes' writing that caused my disliking of this book; it was also the subject. The story of his voyage turns out to be about a great deal more than geese. Rich is 41 when a night seizure stops his breathing. They range from hardy outdoor types to house proud settlers. Oder warum erzählt er sie? No excitement, no awe, no flowing love.
Was he really close to death? I like geese but he follows the geese , doesnt like them being eaten for food. The pulling away and retreat to the safety of the nest are wonderfully drawn. He provides detailed descriptions of the people whom he met and the places that he visited, but mostly he muses on the meaning of home, the thrill of being alive and on the move, and our joy in returning home. Hurrah for the buntings and the snow geese and their brilliant, untutored navigation skills; hurrah for the ornithologists who study them simply because they are there and make up part of one of life's unsolved mysteries; hurrah for people such as William Fiennes, who follow them simply because they are fascinated, and not for thought of any tangible profit. 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 America.
Beautifully written, Fiennes traveled by rental car, bus, and train from Texas to Baffin Island to follow the snow geese on their spring migration of several thousand miles north to their breeding grounds on the Arctic tundra. I felt as if it was lacking in descriptive power, interesting things to say and number of things to say. Just as certainly as the geese desire to return to familiarity, so does the author. It is a beautiful and fortifying book, even a great one. Fiennes highlights the diversity of human experience while also emphasizing certain commonalities: in particular, the drive to erect a home, a shelter against the uncertainties of life. It's a planes, trains, and automobiles story as he moves northward, always ahead of the geese.
At times, it seems that the focus of the book wavers a little and it could all have ended in a bit of a snooze-fest, but somehow the obvious writing skill and sincerity of the writer save the day. If you forget there is any putative point to the trip, his experiences and the people are fascinating. Part of me wonders if this would have been better as a novella- it seems a little light at times, like he planned a grand adventure but then nothing terribly exciting happened so he got a bit stuck. At each point that the geese move is determined by the conditions, so occasionally he gets ahead of them, and sees them arrive. Books such as The Snow Geese succeed by driving us back into the fields and wilds that inspired them, binoculars in hand. Was ich jetzt alles über Forschungen zum Zugverhalten und die verantwortlich zu machende Erdkrümmung weiß! Sin embargo, estilos de la narración y algunos aspectos más concretos en cuanto al formato me han ayudado a ponerle una bastante acertada Viaje, añoranza y aves.
But his descriptions of the emptiness and silence of the tundra at the end of the book are amazing. Book groups in Austin are loving the book. I had to force myself to read it, only because I usually feel obligated to finish books I start. What, for instance, was the mysterious illness that laid him so low and led him to take up an interest in birds comparatively late in life? This is probably not the book for the die-hard birder but will suit for those fascinating by travel adventures in improbable places. Wie gesagt, man hätte misstrauisch werden können. Sometimes perhaps it's just not the right moment for a book.
The idea is a neat one: follow the wild geese as they migrate north. Recomiendo esta novela a cualquier amante de las aves, o la naturaleza en general. Fiennes powerfully persuades heart and mind, and makes them fly. Para empezar, en cuanto a los aspectos negativos, la gran cantidad de comparaciones usadas permite al lector ponerle color a los eventos, pero también provoca cierta lentitud y puede resultar algo pesada de leer. A childhood spent in damp and insalubrious environments — freezing reservoirs, toppling clifftops, smelly sewage farms — with binoculars at the ready has bestowed one of those gifts that, as Iris Murdoch might have said, is the greater for being pointless. Recomiendo esta novela a cualquier amante de las aves, o la naturaleza en general.