BookBrowse Reviews Fire Season by Philip Connors

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Fire Season

Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout

by Philip Connors

Fire Season
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2011, 256 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2012, 288 pages

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A fascinating account of one man's season as a lookout in the Gila National Forest and his discovery of the poetry in nature

Fire Season is an anatomy of solitude, a paean to a wild American landscape, a history of wildfires and those who watch them, a celebration of adventure, and a demonstration of the connection between looking hard, thinking deeply and writing brilliantly.

Philip Connors's precise narrative describes the New Mexican fire season (spring into summer) of 2009 and his experiences as a lookout during that time. His writing is tough-minded and compelling, and in it he includes political, historical, and geological surveys in addition to an overview of the cycles of destruction and rebirth that distinguish New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (see "Beyond the Book"). Connors gives an account of the literary greats who were also lookouts, such as Norman Maclean and Jack Kerouac, and delivers a powerful rendering of his time spent in nature: in boredom and exhilaration, storm and silence, moonlight, ...

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