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Posted September 13, 2005
True to Life Dance on the High Plains
Despite the critics, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I live in the High Plains, near all the sites that are mentioned (although there isn't a town called 'Salamander.') There is an ancient Lakota butte threatened by highway, there are dying towns that believe that the new, four lane highway will create economic development, many of the people presented in this book are like those living on the high plains and there have been many from either coast who want to escape to the wild beauty of this incredible geography. This book touches on all things that make rural areas rural and points out that when your population is few in number and you live far from the city, you've got a tougher road to navigate. I found the book a delightful summer read showing the high plains area realistically in constrast to the typical summer tourist's romantic concept of the area. I was glad to see an author from outside this geographic area actually 'getting' what high plains life is like in contrast to an eastern university's latest itea that the high plains area should be 'rewilded.' The rewilding idea, published in NATURE this summer, states that since mammoths and saber tooth tigers once lived on the high plains that these animals should be reintroduced into game parks here and that those of us who live here just 'need to readjust our thinking.' As a transplanted easterner, I find Waller's look at the high plains realistic and refreshing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2010
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