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Notes for the Aurora Society
Walk 1500 miles through Finland. From the islands of the Baltic to the Arctic coast, this work of travel literature looks at the Finnish people through their connection to the natural world.
paperback, 354 pages
Published January 5th 2009 by Infinity Publishing
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It isn’t every day somebody walks the length of Finland, south to north, 1,500 miles in all. In fact, it isn’t even every day that somebody remembers that Finland’s there. So when somebody actually takes that hike, talking to people all the way, the event deserves a good book. Jim O’Donnell has taken the hike and written the book, and as a rarity in this world, the book is something to treasure. At some distant time in the future when somebody wants to know what Finland was like at the turn of t ...more
Jim O'Donnell sets out not only to walk the length of Finland, but to examine the much vaunted Finnish "connection to nature." He includes some background on the geography and history of the country as he narrates his journey. The best part of the book, for me, was reading about the quirky characters that Jim meets as he walks. He presents them as they encountered, brief, incomplete, but intriguing. I would have liked more concise background on Finland perhaps at the beginning of the book, but o ...more
Aug 22, 2009 Garth Moore rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: travelers, Europhiles, adventurers, anthropologists
Wow, I'm impressed. I read a lot of travel books and consider the author a great friend. So, I struggled to read this impartially for the first few pages. No, that's melted away and I'm digging into a narrative about a place where's I've never been, but with people I understand immediately. Each chapter is a snapshot into a long walk across Finland; small stories to consume and ponder as the author learn more about the landscape and people along the way. easy to consume, good to digest, and toug ...more