The Solace of Open Spaces

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A stunning collection of personal observations that uses images of the American West to probe larger concerns in lyrical, evocative prose that is a true celebration of the region.

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A stunning collection of personal observations that uses images of the American West to probe larger concerns in lyrical, evocative prose that is a true celebration of the region.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like many before her, poet Gretel Ehrlich discovered the therapeutic qualities of the West. In 1976, a time of personal crisis, she moved from the East to a small farm in Wyoming where she ultimately found peace of mind and inspiration. Originally, she had gone west to make a film for PBS; she returned to work with neighbors at cattle- and sheep-ranching, taking pleasure in open spaces. Ehrlich writes with sensitivity and affection about people, the seasons and the landscape. Whether she is enjoying solitude or companionship, her writing evokes the romance and timelessness of the West. November
Library Journal
Many urbanites sojourn in the West to commune with nature in the wide-open spaces, but few have related their experiences, or so fully captured the essence of Wyoming, as well as this author. She was sent from New York to the Big Horn region in 1976 to make a film about sheepherders. To recover from the death of a loved one, she wandered near and far for two years before returning to northern Wyoming, where she finally found solace. The vivid descriptions of the physical aspects of her surroundings are more than balanced by her poetic commentaries on the nature of the sheepherders, cowpokes, and Native Americans who inhabit the area. This paean to Wyoming should find a place in all special collections on the West and would be a fine addition to general collections. Sondra Brunhumer, Western Mich. Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140081138
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1986
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 206,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.07 (w) x 7.73 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

The Solace Of Open SpacesPreface

The Solace of Open Spaces


Other Lives

About Men

From a Sheepherder's Notebook

Friends, Foes, and Working Animals

The Smooth Skull of Winter

On Water

Just Married

Rules of the Game

To Live in Two Worlds

A Storm, the Cornfield, and Elk

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    A Dangerous Quest into the Soul

    A riveting story that seeks out to find the balance in life - between spring and winter, sheep and cattle, men and women, life and death. Follow Ehrlich as she takes you into the glaring jaws of survival in the wilderness, both that of Wyoming as well as the dark recesses of the psyche. While almost anyone can read this book, the true underlying meanings may be difficult to grasp for some. She portrays her truths with such vivid imagery and stark, austere honesty that the book likens more to poetry than anything else. It's a beautiful tale, poignant and brutally realistic yet fantastical all at once. A challenging read, but more than worth it!

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