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Beautifully told and unforgettable story In I¿d Hate to Leave t
Beautifully told and unforgettable story
In I’d Hate to Leave this Beautiful Place, Norman displays a collage his life’s most seminal moments which sample his experience in five different locales (Midwest, Arctic, West Coast, Washington D.C., and New England). However, the focus, instead of weighing exclusively on Norman, emphasizes the power of place. Although this book is undoubtedly a memoir, Norman distances himself emotionally from the moments he recounts to emphasize the atmosphere of the event instead of the happenings. His philosophical diversions explore the relationship of his place in life with his physical surroundings at that time. These retellings tend more to be artistic renderings and impressions with their nonlinear narrative and philosophical tangents rather than fact-oriented accounts.
Ultimately, Norman’s story is spellbinding. If you are interested in travel memoirs which focus both on place and personal growth, I highly recommend Peter Freuchen’s Arctic Adventure.
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