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by Peter Hill

eBook Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper download ISBN: 1841956511
Author: Peter Hill
Publisher: Canongate U.S. (May 10, 2005)
Language: English
Pages: 288
ePub: 1122 kb
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Rating: 4.1
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Subcategory: Humanities

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Peter Hill is a young, restless art student in the early 70's when he discovers an opportunity to work for the summer as a lighthouse keeper. Lighthouse keeping is a mythical profession and lighthouses are mythical places. A job that no longer exists and a place that is all but unnecessary with today's satellites and GPS. Still, it was great fun to travel with Hill to lighthouses around Scotland and visit with keepers there. It brought me to mind my summer working in Yellowstone Park around the same time.

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In 1973, Peter Hill was a 19 year old hippy art student when he was interviewed for the job of Relief Lighthouse Keeper by The Commissioners of the Northern Lights in Edinburgh. For the next 12 months he would work on 3 legendary lighthouses off the coast of Scotland. From these rocky outcrops and uninhabited islands Peter Hill came of age listening to the tales of older keepers, all of whom had lived fascinating lives around the world.

In this reminiscence of the pleasures of solitude, the wonders of the sea, and the odd course life takes, Peter Hill writes, "In 1973 I worked as a lighthouse keeper on three islands off the west coast of Scotland. Before taking the job I didn't really think through what a lighthouse keeper actually did. I was attracted by the romantic notion of sitting on a rock, writing haikus and dashing off the occasional watercolour

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Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse . Peter Hill was born to an Australian mother and Scottish father and grew up in Glasgow.

Peter Hill was born to an Australian mother and Scottish father and grew up in Glasgow. Following a brief stint as a lighthouse keeper, he did a number of jobs but for the past twenty years he has focused most of his energy into his art and working as an art critic. He currently lives in Sydney.

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In this sublime reminiscence of the pleasures of solitude, the wonders of the sea, and the odd courses life takes, Peter Hill writes, "In 1973 I worked as a lighthouse keeper on three islands off the west coast of Scotland. Before taking the job I didn't really think through what a lighthouse keeper actually did. I was attracted by the romantic notion of sitting on a rock, writing haikus and dashing off the occasional watercolor. The light itself didn't seem important: it might have been some weird coastal decoration, like candles on a Christmas tree, intended to bring cheer to those living in the more remote parts of the country."Hill learned quickly, though, of the centuries-old mechanics of the lighthouse, of the life-and-death necessity of its luminescence to seafarers, and of the great and unlikely friendships formed out of routine. With his head filled with Hendrix, Kerouac, and the war in Vietnam, Hill shared cups of tea and close quarters with salty lighthouse keepers of an entirely different generation. The stories they told and idiosyncrasies they exhibited came to define a summer Hill has memorialized with great wit and a disarmingly affectionate style.
Comments: (6)
Xanna
Mr. Hill was doing his stint as a fill-in lighthouse keeper during the Summer of 1973--the same time I was hitch-hiking with a friend through Great Britain. This was amazing for me because I was able to connect with his literary, artistic, and musical references. There was a time that my friend and I were in The Hebrides, so I like to think that perhaps Peter, Claudia, and I MAY have been on the same ferry at some point.
Uste
Fantastic! Well written and engaging.
Vareyma
Interested in learning what light house keepers did?
Most if not all are automated now.

Excellent, writing style. Enjoyed reading a book written by one from academia.
X-MEN
I was on a bookring for this book, but the originator of the ring brought the book home before Christmas so that he could read the book again and it seems the bookring shows no signs of starting back up. Thus, I was happy to discover this book at my local library. That's surprising.

Peter Hill is a young, restless art student in the early 70's when he discovers an opportunity to work for the summer as a lighthouse keeper. Lighthouse keeping is a mythical profession and lighthouses are mythical places. A job that no longer exists and a place that is all but unnecessary with today's satellites and GPS.

Still, it was great fun to travel with Hill to lighthouses around Scotland and visit with keepers there. It brought me to mind my summer working in Yellowstone Park around the same time. I've always thought that summer would make a wonderful book....
Cha
I've just read this wonderful book and I was sorry that it came to an end. It does exacly what it does on the cover, tell the tale of this young man and his adventures as a lighthouse keeper. There's a lovely build-up to him taking the job, spurred by the inevitable question, how did you get a job like that?

As someone who grew up with a lighthouse outside my living room window (this island, the Bass Rock, gets a couple of mentions!), I have always been fascinated by them. It's a job you never see advertised any more, for in Scotland at least, where this book is set, all the lights are automated.

Peter Hill describes the camararaderie that the men who worked the lights shared so well, which is warms the cockles of your heart. He sprinkles the stories that the older keepers tell him as he's learning the ropes, and we read of both adventurous and mundane lives lead. It's humourous, informative and well-written. Apparently the author is planning a book on Australian lighthouses next, collecting keepers' stories. Can't wait!
Lesesshe
A story to savor, from start to finish. Like the other reviewer, one of those all too rare books that you wish would never end.