The Stars, the Snow, the Fire: Twenty-Five Years in the Alaska Wilderness

The Stars, the Snow, the Fire: Twenty-Five Years in the Alaska Wilderness

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by John Haines
     
 

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First published in 1989, this book has long been a favorite of John Haines's fans and those in love with the Alaskan wilderness. These essays recount Haines's early years of homesteading in the great frontier. He paints a remarkable portrait of living off the land, of men lost and then found years later frozen in ice, of seasons…  See more details below

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First published in 1989, this book has long been a favorite of John Haines's fans and those in love with the Alaskan wilderness. These essays recount Haines's early years of homesteading in the great frontier. He paints a remarkable portrait of living off the land, of men lost and then found years later frozen in ice, of seasons arriving and passing. As Barry Lopez states, "to read Haines is to enter a clearing in the woods, to feel calmed, and that one was once here, centuries ago."

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The New York Times Book Review
Such a life may not be possible again. So it is good that a writer of Mr. Haines's rare vision and poetic eloquence lived this life, and good that he shared it.
Washington Post Book Word
The Haines memoir comes out of a quarter of a century spent in a cabin on a homestead amid the tundra meadows and taiga in the hills 60 miles up the Tanana River from Fairbanks, Alaska. It was a place and a life in which essentials ruled, an existence as near to that half-mythic thing we celebrate as the 'frontier' experience' as could be found anywhere in the 20th century. Haines was a trapper and a hunter, cutting trails into the wilderness, building trapline cabins in which to hole up, selling pelts he had cured himself from animals he had skinned himself, eating the meat he shot, his human contacts so rare that every encounter and every conversation could be remembered in exquisite detail. Haines is a poet who crafts each sentence piece by piece as if he were building a harpsicord-slowly, carefully, each word examined meticulously for rightness before being slid into place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555973063
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
162
Sales rank:
767,206
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.51(d)

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The Stars, the Snow, the Fire: Twenty-Five Years in the Alaska Wilderness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gerrod More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful from cover to cover. Haines writes and describes his adventures with extravagant, poetic detail. Painting a beautifully detailed picture of his journey through life and the alaskan wilderness. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer!