Four Quarters of Light: An Alaskan Journey

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Four Quarters of Light: An Alaskan Journey

Four Quarters of Light An Alaskan Journey Brian Keenan s fascination with Alaska began when he was a small boy choosing his first library book in school Jack London s wondrous The Call of the Wild And Alaska s mesmeric wilderness has permeate

  • Title: Four Quarters of Light: An Alaskan Journey
  • Author: Brian Keenan
  • ISBN: 9780767923255
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brian Keenan s fascination with Alaska began when he was a small boy choosing his first library book in school Jack London s wondrous The Call of the Wild And Alaska s mesmeric wilderness has permeated Keenan s 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 wiBrian Keenan s fascination with Alaska began when he was a small boy choosing his first library book in school Jack London s wondrous The Call of the Wild And Alaska s mesmeric wilderness has permeated Keenan s 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.

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    1. Jim on said:

      In the 1980s, Brian Keenan spnt four and a half years as a hostage in Lebanon by Islamic Jihad. I was surprised to see that the same Brian Keenan has written a travel book about a trip he took with his wife and children to Alaska. Four Quarters of Light: An Alaskan Journey is his description of the journey.The parts of the trip he took with his family, which occupy the first half of the book, were somewhat lame -- as if he were suppressing the conflict that might ensue taking one's family to suc [...]

    2. Flora on said:

      Hmmm. Not sure what to make of this one. I was interested in the Alaska journey, but I ended up skim reading a fair bit. If you are into shamanism etc then you'll love it. It is a very personal account, and in a way it felt like intense, personal diary ramblings. Which is nice for the diary writer to get down on paper, but perhaps is best left at that, rather than being published to a wider audience. Sorry, that sounds overly harsh! I was pleased for Brian as he seemed to get something important [...]

    3. Joanne Kelly on said:

      I struggled to finish this book. It could have been a better book if Keenan had hired an aggressive editor to help him shape the material. From my perspective, its biggest flaw was its lack of focus. What was it really about? Was it about a spiritual quest? Was it a travelogue? Was it a rambling collection of thoughts, interviews and impressions collected until Keenan decided he had enough material for a book? The aimless philosophizing was tiresome at best. And I could not for the life of me fi [...]

    4. Mel on said:

      I enjoyed Keenan's details about the places he visited and his subtle humour in things. I felt that he gave an overall great picture of the locations and sights and people he saw and interacted with. But I also felt he got a little too into the mysticism/spiritualism of Alaska at times. The last few chapters had my mind wandering and lacking any sort of attention. I could not related and he was too vague and too inner personal about it. It was interesting on some level, but maybe for a different [...]

    5. Peter on said:

      It took a while but eventually I enjoyed this.In a nutshell it's a personal spiritual journey within a travelogue of Alaska; taking in natural history, socio-economic history, anthropology, encounters with Native Alaskans and a panoply of American loners and characters strung together with personal spiritual ruminations. The best chapters are those involving the Native Alaskans; the Athabaskan, the Gwich'in and the Inua.

    6. Martha on said:

      This book definitely had some interesting parts (the people he met were almost always fascinating). But, overall, this book was too heavy on the philosophizing for my tastes. By the end, I had heard more than enough about the mystical qualities of Alaska. When Keenan was describing actual events or people, he was great, but when he was discussing the meaning of it all, I fell asleep.

    7. Rosemary on said:

      Brian has an accommodating wife who agreed to follow his fanciful foray into the wilderness of Alaska with two young children. His descriptions of mushing the dogs across a frozen lake, the mosquitoes and his evocation of the people met bring a sense of the challenge and joys of the venture but after reading half the book my attention flagged and I gave up.

    8. Ellen on said:

      Interesting to read an Irishman's impressions of Alaska but geez - decide on a point of view. Kept recounting his pitiful attempts to joke like a macho man which generally elicited no response from the guys he was trying to bond with; what a weenie! Relied too much on quotes from other writers.

    9. Virginia on said:

      Parts of this book were quite interesting; however, the author included too much self-indulgent 'navel-gazing' which became tiresome after a while.

    10. Dolores on said:

      I read this book for my bookclub. It is a fantastic read and it would entice you to take a trip to Alaska. It is a very spiritual book and I love Brian Keenans work

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