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The Solace of Open Spaces
     

The Solace of Open Spaces

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by Gretel Ehrlich
 

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140081138
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1986
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
179,317
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Solace of Open Spaces 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Ila-V-Quines More than 1 year ago
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!