Light Years

Light Years

Memoir of A Modern Lighthouse Keeper

Book - 2015
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An autobiography of lighthouse keeper and author Caroline Woodward who works on the Lennard Island Lightstation in British Columbia.
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC : Harbour Publishing, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781550177275
1550177273
Characteristics: 221 pages :,illustrations (some colour), map
Additional Contributors: George, Jeff (Lighthouse keeper)

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GLNovak
Feb 27, 2017

As I read this book I felt I was becoming a friend of Caroline Woodward. She grew up in the Peace River country of British Columbia on a homestead, and everything she learned there about self-reliance, taking calculated risks, self-confidence, empathy and neighbourliness have infused her whole adult life. She always knew she would be a writer, and her drive to experience life and to write about it are front and centre in this memoir. Refreshing to read is the thankfulness she has for her life with her soulmate Jeff. I live on Vancouver Island and can picture all the places she talks about. I feel the sense of awe she has for the ocean and all its facets and seasons. The life of lightkeepers she describes leaves me exhausted with its demands. I knew their responsibilities for keeping the lights functioning would entail all weather dedication, but I never thought about all the cleaning, repairing, scientific measurement taking, maintenance work, gardening, and general planning that kind of life requires. I experienced all the flurry of activity when the supply helicopter came, and the joy of her flowering literary life, and the satisfaction of jobs finished and well done. Woodward's love of her life shines through her very readable prose.

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researcherwriter
Jul 03, 2016

Woodward offers a very personal view of life as a BC lighthouse keeper. She makes it clear why she and all her hard-working colleagues play an essential role on this jagged, stormy coast.

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