Icefields

Icefields

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At 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 24mm | 358.34g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Washington Square Press Inc.,N.Y.
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0671002201
  • 9780671002206
  • 992,350

Review quote

Mark Glles The Calgary Herald "Wharton writes with a prose style as clear as glacial waters, tempered with brilliant imagery and lucid dialogue. . . . If at times the style betrays Wharton's influences -- there are glimpses of Michael Ondaatje, Rudy Wiebe, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez and Kristjana Gunnars -- it is never imitative; Wharton is an original writer and Icefields is an original novel."show more

About Thomas Wharton

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.)show more

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514 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 21% (106)
4 34% (177)
3 33% (168)
2 9% (47)
1 3% (16)
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