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      Northern Lights
Tim O’Brien

The acclaimed novel from the award-winning author of ‘If I Die in a Combat Zone’, ‘Going After Cacciato’ and ‘In the Lake of the Woods’.The action in ‘Northern Lights’ takes place not in Vietnam but back in the USA, as Tim O’Brien explores the after-effects of that war – on those who served, and those they left behind.Set in the frozen wilderness of north Minnesota, it concerns two brothers, one who served in Vietnam, and has returned tough, cynical and world-weary; and the other who stayed at home. When they take off on a long skiing trip together through the frozen woods, they quickly get lost in a blizzard, and are tested to their limits as they face a battle against the elements and each other.

TIM O'BRIEN

Northern Lights

Copyright (#ulink_dd0d53ca-a3f2-52cc-838a-8f460e682efa)

Fourth Estate

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www.harpercollins.co.uk (http://www.harpercollins.co.uk).

Published by Flamingo 1998

First published in Great Britain by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd 1976

Copyright © Tim O’Brien 1975

Tim O’Brien asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work

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Source ISBN: 9780006551485

Ebook Edition © AUGUST 2015 ISBN: 9780008133146

Version: 2015-09-10

With gratitude

to the Arrowhead people,

who will know perfectly well that

there is no such town as Sawmill Landing,

that Grand Marais doesn’t sponsor ski races,

that these characters are purely fictitious

and that this is just a story.

Dedication (#ulink_66505a9e-8f09-5f1b-8e7b-9bcd4e39e0c9)

For Ann

… and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places … For the day of his wrath is come. And who shall be able to stand?

REVELATIONS

Contents

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Title Page (#u8a10915d-3bdd-5566-a44c-5ab01e0766c2)

Copyright (#ulink_cc86ee04-a0b4-5553-8167-840d6c10e2f4)

Dedication (#ulink_eb738087-8648-54f9-83c7-a4fb1c0b2e5b)

Epiloguge (#u53a3008e-1791-5476-a55a-ebcf9e198860)

One

Heat Storm (#ulink_1d09fceb-deda-56a6-b0f6-4da54120e3f8)

Elements (#ulink_8e0434b6-cf29-56c7-a507-f8532770070c)

Shelter (#litres_trial_promo)

Black Sun (#litres_trial_promo)

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Blizzard (#litres_trial_promo)

Heat Storm (#litres_trial_promo)

Elements (#litres_trial_promo)

Shelter (#litres_trial_promo)

Blood Moon (#litres_trial_promo)

Keep Reading (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Author (#litres_trial_promo)

Praise (#litres_trial_promo)

Also by the Author (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Publisher (#litres_trial_promo)

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HEAT STORM (#ulink_b8d781b7-a547-5e68-af3c-68f683c35cbd)

Wide awake and restless, Paul Milton Perry clawed away the sheets and swung out of bed, blood weak, his fists clenching and closing like a pulse. He hadn’t slept. He sat very still. He listened to the July heat, mosquitoes at the screen windows, inchworms eating in the back pines, the old house, a close-seeming flock of loons. What he did not hear, he imagined. Timber wolves and Indians, the chime of the old man’s spoon in the spit bucket, the glacial floes, Harvey hammering at the half-finished bomb shelter, ice cracking in great sheets, the deep pond and Grace’s whispering, and a sobbing sound. He sat still. He was naked and sweating and anaemic and flabby. Thinking first about Harvey, then about the heat, then the mosquitoes, he’d been sailing in a gaunt nightlong rush of images and half-dreams, turning, wallowing, listening like a stranger to the sounds of his father’s house.

He sat still.

Harvey was coming home.

There was that, and there was Grace, and there were the mosquitoes crazy for blood against the screen windows.

‘Lord, now,’ he moaned, and pushed out of bed, found his glasses, and groped towards the kitchen.

He returned with a black can of insecticide. Then he listened again. The bedroom was sullen and hot, and he was thinking murder. Carefully, he tied the lace curtains to one side. He ignored Grace’s first whisper. He pushed the nozzle flush against the screen window. Then, grinning and naked, he pressed the nozzle and began to spray, feeling better, and he flushed the night with poison from his black can.
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