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Summer at Little Lava: A Season at the Edge of the World
Little Lava is a farm on the west coast of Iceland. No roads lead to it; the way lies across a lagoon flooded twice a day by the tide. A lava field borders the farm. From the house, views give onto mountains, volcanoes, rugged coast, and the pure Icelandic sky. In Summer at Little Lava, Charles Fergus tells how he fixed up an abandoned house on the farm and spent a summer ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by North Point Press
(first published August 1998)
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Charles Fergus is a great writer :) I almost didn't get this book because I wondered how someone could fill 284 pages about their summer spent in an abandoned farmhouse next to a field of broken lava chunks on the coast of Iceland. Suffice it to say, he did AND it was beautifully descriptive and informative. Iceland is an exciting country when you consider that it's still actively growing through constant volcanic activity. It's also a country that carries reminders of how ancient it is--Mr. Fer ...more
Having just returned from spending a couple of days in Iceland, this book appealed to me because of it's rich descriptions of the landscape, animals, people, and history of the country. Charles Ferguson writes about the experience of spending a summer there with his family in a remote house at the edge of a lava field with a humbleness and awe that is refreshing and enjoyable. He also writes about the experience of grieving over the loss of his mother with real honesty and self-awareness.
Jan 22, 2016 David Ward rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Summer at Little Lava: A Season at the Edge of the World by Charles Fergus (North Point Press 1998)(Biography). The same naturalist-writer who wrote Swamp Screamer about Florida cougars takes his family to remotest Iceland for the summer. I like his style and his subject selection. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 1/2010.
Charles Fergus is the author of seventeen books, most of them about nature and the outdoors. He was born in central Pennsylvania and lived there for many years before moving, in 2003, to a small hill-country farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.More about Charles Fergus...