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Fire Season
Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
by Philip Connors

RRP €11.99

Fire Season
Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
by Author Name Philip Connors

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List Price:11.99
Format: Paperback, 197 x 130mm, 300pp
Publication date: 29 Mar 2012
Publisher: Pan Books
ISBN-13: 9781447208143

Dubray Review

This beautiful work of non-fiction is based around one of the summers that Philip Connors spent alone as a fire lookout in the Gila wilderness in New Mexico, USA.  Although mostly a memoir, this book touches on a wide variety of subjects.  It includes a brief history of wild fires and wilderness conservation in the USA, meditations on solitude, plus moving and sometimes gritty observations on nature. It also dips into Jack Kerouac's unpublished notebook that was written when he too worked as a wilderness fire lookout.  Although loosely structured, Connors seamlessly merges personal anecdotes with more formal passages to create a cohesive and flowing work.  Fire Season is absorbing, varied and flawlessly written.  Perfect as a summer read with real substance for anyone who has ever dreamed of packing it all in and escaping to the middle of nowhere.

- Jenny Bourke, Blackrock

Description

'I've watched deer and elk frolic in the meadow below me, and pine trees explode in a blue ball of smoke. If there's a better job anywhere on the planet, I'd like to know what it is.' For nearly a decade, Philip Connors has spent half of each year in a small room at the top of a tower, on top of a mountain, alone in millions of acres of remote American wilderness. His job: to look for wildfires. Capturing the wonder and grandeur of this most unusual job and place, Fire Season evokes both the eerie pleasure of solitude and the majesty, might and beauty of untamed fire at its wildest. Connors' time up on the peak is filled with drama -- there are fires large and small; spectacular midnight lightning storms and silent mornings awakening above the clouds; surprise encounters with smokejumpers, black bears, and an abandoned, dying fawn. Filled with Connors' heartfelt reflections on our place in the wild, Fire Season is an instant modern classic: a remarkable memoir that is at once an homage to the beauty of nature, the blessings of solitude, and the freedom of the independent spirit.Advance praise for Fire Season: 'A masterwork of close observation, deep reflection, and hard-won wisdom ...an unforgettable reckoning with the American land' Philip Gourevitch 'His adventures in radical solitude make for profoundly absorbing, restorative reading' Walter Kirn

Reviews

"Philip Connors's remarkable account of his seasons as a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico is enlightening and well-informed. The surprise in the book is the author's willingness--his courage, actually--to examine his own na?vet? about the natural world. His is a most welcome new voice."--Barry Lopez