Memoirs of A Young Lighthouse KeeperBook - 2004
Peter Hill was nineteen, it was 1973 and, with his head fed by Vietnam, Zappa, Kerouac, Vonnegut, Watergate, Hendrix, and Coronation Street, he was to spend the next six months working on various remote lighthouses off the west coast of Scotland. Working with all manner of unusual and fascinating people, learning the habits and lore of the lighthouse and its crew, and experiencing a way of life that was soon to disappear altogether, Hill's account of his career as a relief lighthouse keeper is a beautifully written memoir that succeeds in being both of its time and yet somehow timeless. He evokes the early seventies with remarkable clarity and a great deal of humour, conjuring up the excitement of that period and all its cultural richness. But the book is also a heartfelt lament, not only for his youth and innocence but also for the erosion of other values in society at large, values symbolised in the romantic and solid image of the lighthouse and all that it stands for.
Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : McArthur & Co., 2004.
Branch Call Number: 387.155 HIL
Characteristics: 275 pages ;,22 cm