Maine's Golden Road: A Memoir

Maine's Golden Road: A Memoir

by John Gould
     
 

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A memoir of the annual vacation John Gould took for thirty-two consecutive summers with his daughter's father-in-law, Bill Dornbusch.
Affectionately named "the Grandfathers' retreats," these sojourns into the depths of the Maine woods have inspired Gould's finest and most emotionally resonant writing to date.
With a naturalist's sensitivity to his environment

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A memoir of the annual vacation John Gould took for thirty-two consecutive summers with his daughter's father-in-law, Bill Dornbusch.
Affectionately named "the Grandfathers' retreats," these sojourns into the depths of the Maine woods have inspired Gould's finest and most emotionally resonant writing to date.
With a naturalist's sensitivity to his environment, and his great good humor, Gould writes of hiking through dense forests, of fly fishing for salmon and trout in deserted creeks, of campside culinary triumphs, and of friendship and shared reflections on careers, family, and the modern world. The resulting book is a wonderful, memorable meditation on the beauty of the Maine woods and on John Gould's ever-interesting life.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“His ruminative style fits his subjects perfectly. Each short piece is a perceptive gem of observation, an astute remarking of what makes us who we are.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For 32 consecutive summers, Gould and his daughter's father-in-law, Bill Dornbusch, have spent a week deep in the Maine woods. They've liked to think they are following in Thoreau's footsteps, though their camping has been anything but austere. Most of the wilderness area belongs to a paper company; the pair have permits to use logging roads and are invited to lodge in company camps. Gould (There Goes Maine!) writes about fly-fishing for trout and salmon, picking wild raspberries, rainy days in camp and Maine blackflies. He offers affectionate portraits of camp managers and comments on changes in the lumber industry over the 32-year period. This memoir is vintage Gould: good-natured, whimsical and entertaining. Photos. (Aug.)
Library Journal
For three decades, Gould (Dispatches from Maine, LJ 4/15/94) and his son's father-in-law took annual summer retreats to camp and fish in Thoreau's Maine woods. This uneven collection of essays relates some of their humorous experiences, discusses the positive aspects of the logging industry, ponders the absurdities of Maine's moose-hunting laws, and examines the local lore and customs. Gould enjoys comparing his misadventures with Thoreau's more serious observations. Whether writing about a patient moose being photographed by a camera that fails to cooperate or about a brood of 13 ducklings that passes between his friend's legs when he's trying to pull in his first salmon, Gould shows a keen affection for the woods and its inhabitants. His mildly entertaining memoir is appropriate mainly for regional collections.-Ilse Heidmann Ali, Kyle Community Lib., Tex.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393349368
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author

John Gould lives in Friendship, Maine.

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