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    DescriptionAt a quarter past three in the afternoon, on August 17, 1898, Doctor Edward Byrne slipped on the ice of Acturus glacier in the Canadian Rockies and slid into a crevasse... Nearly sixty feet below the surface, Byrne is wedged upside down between the narrowing walls of a chasm, fighting his desire to sleep. The ice in front of him is lit with a pale blue-green radiance. There, embedded in he pure, antediluvian glacier, Byrne sees something that will inextricably link him to the vast bed of ice, and the people who inhabit this strange corner of the world. In this moment, his life becomes a quest to uncover the mystery of the icefield that almost became his tomb. Within the deceptively simple framework of a tourist guidebook, "Icefields" takes a breathtaking, imaginative look at the human spirit, loss, myth, and elusive truths. Here is an impressive literary landscape, and an expedition unlike any you have ever experienced.


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    Title
    Icefields
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Wharton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780671002206
    ISBN 10: 0671002201
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    DC22: 813/.54
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    LC classification: PR9199.3.W4277 I28 1996
    Edition statement
    Original ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    Washington Square Press Inc.,N.Y.
    Publication date
    01 October 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Thomas Wharton Thomas Wharton was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, a northern Canada oil and gas boomtown. He spent much of his youth moving from town to town, and settled for a few years in Jasper, Alberta. The small town so influenced Wharton that he set his debut novel, "Icefields," there. After a variety of jobs -- including hiking guide, bookstore clerk, lab technician, and technical illustrator -- he set his sights on writing. Receiving his M.A. in English from the University of Alberta in 1993, Wharton turned his thesis into his first novel, "Icefields." NeWest Press published his debut in 1995 in his native Canada, where it received critical acclaim, and hit local bestseller lists. Washington Square Press, a division of Pocket Books, published the U.S. edition of "Icefields" on September 9, 1996. Wharton is currently working on his Ph.D. in English at University of Calgary. He lives with his wife and two small children. (Click here to read an interview with the author.)
    Review quote
    Peter Simpson Telegraph-Journal "Crosses Michael Ondaatje's "The English Patient" with Peter Hoeg's "Smilla's Sense of Snow". . . . Ironic, brilliant, and unforgettable . . ."