Maine's Golden Road: A Memoir

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Maine's Golden Road is a remarkable memoir of the annual vacation author 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 an infectious sense of humor, Gould writes of beautiful hikes through dense forests, of fly fishing for salmon...
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Overview

Maine's Golden Road is a remarkable memoir of the annual vacation author 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 an infectious sense of humor, Gould writes of beautiful hikes through dense forests, of fly fishing for salmon and trout in deserted creeks, of campside culinary triumphs, and of his and Bill's longstanding friendship and their rural vacation-inspired reflections on careers, family, and the modern world. The resulting book is a wonderful meditation on the natural beauty of the Maine woods as glimpsed through Gould's unique vision.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393349368
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 1,242,367
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    This man's books never disappoint me.

    As always, John Gould's dry-as-a-bone wit made me laugh out loud while reading. This memoir of his long friendship with his son's father-in-law deals with their shared annual vacation trips, through many years, into Maine's paper company owned north woods. The basic absurdity of a place where Maine residents rarely worked because they literally 'couldn't get there from here' - it was easier for French Canadian workers to come in from Quebec, thanks to the lack of public roads - sets the tone for much of the book's humor. I found it a quick and easy read as well as a thoroughly delightful one.

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