Waiting To Fly: My Escapades With The Penguins Of Antarctica

 
9780756775650: Waiting To Fly: My Escapades With The Penguins Of Antarctica

A tour de force of nature writing, Ron Naveen's Waiting to Fly captures the spirit of the gentle and charming creatures called penguins while also beautifully rendering the frozen, windswept landscapes through his magical prose.

In Waiting to Fly, Naveen weaves together the stories of his own experiences as a field scientist with the adventures of earlier explorers who have studied these fascinating flightless birds. He recounts tales of daring voyages in the Antarctic's dangerous seas and of the men who had to survive for months in this treacherous terrain. These stories of humans struggling to overcome the elements are paralleled with the lives of the very humanlike penguins.

Naveen fell in love with penguins sixteen years ago, and ever since they have held a strong place in his mind(whether he is counting their numbers on the icy shores of the seventh continent or studying their behavior as they go through their hectic and productive lives. We see that their natural and healthy lives, unfettered by the clamor and clutter of our workaholic existence, can teach us much about ourselves. Penguins don't spend time reasoning, planning, pondering, or worrying. They're very, very busy, with lots of work to do and little time to do it. The penguins in this delightful and informative book emerge as distinctly resourceful and beguiling personalities.

While penguins amuse and intrigue us, their comically deceptive exterior belies the reality that they may have mastered survival a bit better than we have, and watching them may change our relationship with the earth(and with each other.

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Review:

Ron Naveen loves penguins more than anything. He has spent season after season studying chinstrap, gentoo, and Adélie penguins in their icy home ranges. Sixteen years huddled at penguin-eye level, avoiding guano blasts, vicious pecks to his groin, and falling to his death off slippery rocks--not to mention exposure. Yet this man feels happier among his beloved penguins than in the temperate north, the nominal home of his own species. He writes:

To starboard, I pass an undulating line of chinstraps descending to the beach. The moment tingles, weirdly. I think of all the time I've spent doing something other than chinstraps. How could I have waited so long?

Waiting to Fly is a meditative, sweeping look at these misunderstood birds and their flightless, elegant lives. Naveen has terrific field biology tales, and he tells them with grace, making you understand how he might want to freeze his own tail feathers communing with short, goofy, tuxedo-wearing avians. We can learn from the penguins, he says, lessons about health, priorities, and a good work ethic. They may actually have mastered the art of life better than humans. --Therese Littleton

About the Author:

Ron Naveen, the founder and CEO of Oceanites, an organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the world's living marine resources, is the project director of the Antarctic Site Inventory. He is the author of Wild Ice and The Oceanites Site Guide to the Antarctic Peninsula. When he is not in Antarctica, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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