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Author: William Fiennes
ISBN13: 978-0375758577
Title: The Snow Geese: A Story of Home
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Language: English
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Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (February 11, 2003)
Pages: 272

The Snow Geese: A Story of Home by William Fiennes



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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 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.

Fiennes's own journey, a wide loop he hopes will return him to his pre-illness life, is no less arduous. Fiennes travels to south Texas, and leapfrogs the birds-by car, bus, train, snowmobile, and foot-en route to their nesting grounds on Baffin Island. The idea is a neat one: follow the wild geese as they migrate north. I wanted to like this book but found myself skipping large chunks. I wish he had put a bit more of himself into his book.

The Snow Geese William Fiennes 256pp, Picador, £1. 9. At the age of 25, William Fiennes suffered severe illness in the middle of his postgraduate studies. During a long period of convalescence, he had time to reflect on this trauma, and why it had triggered in him such a deep yearning for the soothing familiarity and reassurance of his parents' family home in the English Midlands. The Snow Geese is a rare travel book, and not only for the outstanding literary promise of its author. More important for the genre is the fact that Fiennes has unearthed a theme perfectly suited to the travel book's structure.

He observes what most would miss: the dignity of duty done well, the consolations of habit, and the tiny perk of the milkshake dregs. The two great urges of the book – the urge to move on and the urge to return home – resound into its details. The Snow Geese is Fiennes’s migration diary – the lettering of his restlessness. He was approaching retirement and liked to finish term with a story. One of the stories he read us was Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose. I could feel, on the back of my head, the starched filigree imprint of the antimacassar.

The Snow Geese: A Story of Home. At the age of 26, following a long illness and bout of depression that cut short his postgraduate studies, English journalist William Fiennes thought that life had little left to offer him. Inspired to travel after his illness, Fiennes followed the migratory path of the snow goose from the Gulf of Mexico north up the Hudson Bay to the Canadian Arctic.

Migration, Snow goose, Anecdotes.

It's a planes, trains, and automobiles story as he moves northward, always ahead of the geese. Unfortunately, it disappoints on two counts. 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 himself. This is a slow, comtemplative book. I thought when I bought the book that The Snow Geese would be part memoir/part travel diary (a bit like Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson) but instead it was a book filled almost completely with tangents.

The snow goose, symbolic of both Rhayader (Gallico) and the world itself, wounded by gunshot and many miles from home, is found by Fritha and, as the human friendship blossoms, the bird is nursed back to flight, and revisits the lighthouse in its migration for several years. In 2002, William Fiennes published The Snow Geese – a travel book about the snow goose and its migrations. The author was inspired by reading The Snow Goose as a child. In 2003, John Harvey and The Puppet Lab in Edinburgh, toured the UK with a puppet-adaptation of the book. In 2014, an excerpt from The Snow Goose was set as a comprehension passage in the Annual ISC Examinations conducted by CISCE.

Every year, millions of geese embark on a three-thousand-mile migration from their winter quarters in the southern United States to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic. Intrigued by what he’d read about the birds’ amazing annual journey, and desperate to emerge from a period of illness, William Fiennes decided to go with them.The story of his voyage turns out to be about a great deal more than geese. The arc of Fiennes’s extraordinary trip 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.
Reviews: 7
saafari
The idea is a neat one: follow the wild geese as they migrate north. I wanted to like this book but found myself skipping large chunks. There was, in my opinion, too much research and too little emotion in what could have been a terrific book but just missed the mark. The author writes very well and has an impressive grasp of the language. I wish he had put a bit more of himself into his book. It read like a final exam where the writer is cramming in as many facts as possible in order to demonstrate how much he knows.I wanted to know more about how he felt.
Anazan
If you are at all interested in the migration habits of birds, and yet want to hear a heartwarming story, this is a good choice. The book is very factual, and I so much appreciated the author's choice to follow the birds into the snowy tundra to the completion of their journey.
Blackseeker
Just finished "The Snow Geese," by William Fiennes--an amazing book. The depth and insight with which this author writes covers his chosen topic in a rich and intriguing manner, demonstrating an elegant understanding of the way nature works. I would highly recommend this book to those interested in nature, or really anyone with an inquiring mind.
Original
interesting tale
Tto
I'm on page 50 and am determined to finish this book at some point, but the minutiae is incredibly frustrating, particularly because revealing, unique details get buried/lost in passages I am tempted to skip: like the hunters who wear a chain of the killed waterfowls' tags around their necks. I almost missed that important fact because I was tempted to skip the whole description of the Texas cafe. Likewise, the friend's mother--just the brooches she wears would tell us enough, but my God he describes every stick of furniture in the whole rather unexceptional house. I'm all for details, but a few telling details is vastly different from me picturing a writer recording everything he sees and then putting every item in the book. And what's up with all the golfers that begin the book, all of which seems entirely irrelevant? Yet necessary, pertinent info is left out: What was the illness? Was he really close to death? How does he afford to fly to the U.S. and take this trip? Why did he not take his lovely expert birder Dad on this trip with him? (Now that might have made this more interesting.) Seriously wanted to throw this book across the room one night. I still hate to not finish it, though.
Nto
This is a book that I liked reasonably well at the time of reading, but have no desire to revisit. It is a personal and heart-felt account of the author's fight to recover from a bout of bad health which almost ruined his younger years. When he feels recovered enough to resume normal activities, Fiennes conceives the idea of following the migration of the snow geese, from their over-wintering quarters in Texas to their summer habitat in Baffin Island, as a way to symbolically celebrate his return to life.

There are many lyrical and moving passages, and many deep insights into the human condition as portrayed by the interesting characters that the author meets on his travels. 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.

The scientific content, description of the birds' habits, experiments, etc. almost form a subplot and demand both patience and specific interest from the reader. The narration is a bit uneven but the quality of the writing is captivating.
SlingFire
...figuratively of course. The first healing in more real than metaphysical though as we begin with the author convalescing from a debilitating illness. This seemed to be quite a blow to Fiennes because he appears to have been an otherwise healthy young man in his 20's and the illness was a long-term one (we never learn what). He was forced to return to his parents home to recuperate. While confined in-doors he became longingly aware of the freedom of the birds flying around outside. He re-read the story of THE SNOW GOOSE and was inspired by that tale of a lost bird finding it's way back to its correct migratory route.
Now healed his horizons expanded. No longer was his vision limited to just getting better, he was ready to spread his wings. "I imagined a quest, a flight: a journey with snow geese to the Arctic". He quickly changes imagination into action and the rest of THE SNOW GEESE is a retelling of his adventures on his quest: following flocks of Lesser Snow Geese on their 3000 mile northward migration from wintering grounds in South Texas to their nesting area in the Canadian Arctic.
Along the way through various stops in different states we see our land and ourselves through the objective eye of a visitor. Fiennes is English. It's an interesting perspective. Equally as interesting are some of the characters that Fiennes meets. Some of these people are scientists, travellers, and birders. Not surprisingly then these are three of the groups that will probably most enjoy reading this book.