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Snippets from the North country,
This review is from: Arctic Autumn: A Journey to Season's Edge (Hardcover)
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This book is a collection of travelogues from trips to the Arctic from June to November. Pete Dunne is the director of the Cape May Bird Sanctuary in New Jersey, and author of several books on natural observations. In this book, he describes a series of trips that he took, mainly with his wife, to the far northern reaches of North America. He begins the book on the summer solstice in June, noting that that's when the days begin to get shorter, so it is the logical start of autumn. The book is arranged by month, with separate chapters for trips taken throughout this period, 8 in all. The book includes a selection of photographs taken during these trips.
This book is more a travelogue than a description of the natural environment of the North. Although Dunne does manage to include informative descriptions of creatures like the caribou and reindeer, he also describes many of the challenges of traveling and touring in the North. He provides a soulful essay on passing through the stages of life, and pauses to pontificate on global warming and how it is changing the environment, especially in the North. Since all of these trips are rather short in duration, a week or two here and there, or getting from here to there, Dunne never has the time to put down roots, to really breathe the Northern air and let it speak its mysteries to him. Thus, so many of his descriptions, informative though they may be, are quite superficial and could be drawn from secondary sources rather than direct observation. And it's hard to take a sermon on global warming seriously from someone who travels such long distances, consuming such great amounts of fuel, so frequently, just for the sake of travel or adventure.