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Four Quarters of Light: An Alaskan Journey

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Brian Keenan's fascination with Alaska began as a small boy choosing his first library book in a Belfast school. The book was Jack London's wondrous Call of the Wild. And it 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. Last year he did so with a head full of q
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ebook, 384 pages
Published December 18th 2008 by Broadway Books (first published 2004)
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Flora
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 ...more
Mel
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 ...more
Martha
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.
Rosemary
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.
Ellen
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.
Dolores
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
Virginia
Parts of this book were quite interesting; however, the author included too much self-indulgent 'navel-gazing' which became tiresome after a while.
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