The Necessity of Empty Places

The Necessity of Empty Places

by Paul Gruchow
     
 

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'Gruchow writes eloquently of the ways in which communing with nature can help us escape the conventions of daily life and confront 'the silence within ourselves...'His sensitivity to the environment is extraordinary...enabling him to make nature come alive...' --The Los Angeles Times  See more details below

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'Gruchow writes eloquently of the ways in which communing with nature can help us escape the conventions of daily life and confront 'the silence within ourselves...'His sensitivity to the environment is extraordinary...enabling him to make nature come alive...' --The Los Angeles Times

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gruchow ( Journal of a Prairie Year ) here captures the unconventional beauty of the West with landscapes of the U.S. and presents a compelling case for their preservation. Indicting our cultural penchant for reshaping nature (``Our backyards have become as regular and predictable as our McDonalds''), the author contends that we are putting ourselves on the endangered species list: ``We may have lost our awe of nature, but its power remains, and to the extent that we are unmindful of that power, we are less, not more, secure.'' The book is primarily a celebration of those rugged places that still permit us to see that power. The occasional digressionsan anecdote about John Berryman or a hymn remembered from boyhoodserve to refresh rather than obstruct, and are neatly tied in with the main narrative. Whether tracing the remnants of the Oregon Trail or traversing the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, Gruchow describes, instructs and reflects with the self-assurance of one in complete command of his subject. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This series of interconnected essays reflects one man's exploration of natural places, from the plains of his native Minnesota to the mountains of Wyoming. Gruchow mixes his observations of the natural world with philosophical meanderings, often condemning our present age for its excesses and creeping homogeneity. Among the chapters are descriptions of a modern tour along the old Oregon Trail, walking expeditions into the Bighorn Mountains, and the migration of sandhill cranes. Some of Gruchow's observations are mundane; many are arresting. For all libraries with active natural history collections. Randy Dykhuis, Grand Rapids P.L., Mich.
Booknews
A nauturalist's impressions of wandering through S. Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming. No scholarly apparatus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312038892
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/01/1989
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.84(d)

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