Hikers will love this
book! Watkins spends much of his time in
Norway walking in the mountains. It is
gorgeous countryside well able to seduce those who enjoy wandering in the
majesty of tall white mountains. Watkins
desire to see Norway is fired by a shipmate while he is working his way through
college (Yale tends to be expensive).
His first trip is short, just a couple weeks, but it fuels a hunger for
more time in Norway and soon he is voraciously reading travel memoirs. His next trip is not so rushed, allowing him
to follow in the footsteps of the authors who kept his interest in Norway
From the author of The Ice Soldier, comes a real-life adventure among the fjords and icy mountains of Norway.
Certain geographies speak to people. We are awed by mountains, challenged by the ocean, haunted by the bleakness of deserts. The effect of landscape on human consciousness is at the heart of novelist Paul Watkins's exhilarating travel story. Long bewitched by the stark beauty of the Scandinavian Alps, Watkins sets off among the ice-clad peaks and dark fjords of the arctic with only a tent and rucksack. On the way, he stops at rustic inns, follows the paths of other solitary travelers, navigates the punishing weather, and confronts the magisterial presence of the past among these mountains--a journey that makes for one of our finest accounts of the life and the land in the frozen north.
About the Author
Paul Watkins is the author of many novels, including The Forger, Archangel, and Night over Day over Night, as well as the memoir Stand Before Your God. He attended the Dragon School at Eton and Yale, and currently lives with his family in Princeton, New Jersey, where he teaches at the Peddie School and Lawrenceville Academy.
“A strikingly evocative and ghost-haunted travelogue.” —The Times (London)
“It is the silence, the stillness, that captivates him the most and which he artfully conveys in this most captivating of books.” —Chicago Tribune
“The Fellowship of Ghosts is a beautifully written account of Watkins's travels in the Arctic tundra.” —Tatler magazine (U.K.)