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Fire Season

Field notes from a wilderness lookout

Fire Season by Philip Connors
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'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

Pan Macmillan; August 2011
288 pages; ISBN 9780230761834
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Title: Fire Season
Author: Philip Connors
 
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'Fire Season' review: Not much happening inside or outside the fire tower lookout - OregonLive.com
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 13:25:15 -0700
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In his engaging 'Fire Season,' Philip Connors looks out upon the wilderness - Plain Dealer
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Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors: review - Telegraph.co.uk
Mon, 22 Aug 2011 09:01:28 -0700
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