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Fiber [SIGNED]

Bass, Rick

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ISBN 10: 0820320862 / ISBN 13: 9780820320861
Published by Atlanta: University of Georgia Press, 1998
Condition: As New Hardcover
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First edition, 1st printing (number sequence begins with 1). SIGNED BY BASS on the title page. ABSOLUTELY FINE (no names, bookplates, remainder marks, or writing of any kind etc.), with FINE dust jacket (with the $15.95 price intact). As new -- unread. Bookseller Inventory # 4834

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Title: Fiber [SIGNED]

Publisher: Atlanta: University of Georgia Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Fiber is a story about the ravages of activism and the healing properties of art. It is a story about last chances, about crafting solutions from the wreckage of a devastated place, and about the high cost, emotionally and physically, of hope in the presence of despair. Writing from the Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana, the wildest valley in the Lower 48, Rick Bass brilliantly portrays the plight of the artist deeply embedded in a place he loves. The author asks how a writer survives amidst the destruction of the natural world around him and if, like Bass, the writer must struggle passionately to protect a place like the Yaak from destruction.As a work of fiction, Fiber elegantly follows the life of the narrator as it evolves from the geologist who takes, to the artist who gives, to the activist who fights, and finally to the troubling and magical "log fairy." Along with this progression of possibilities, the story demonstrates a concurrent range of emotional responses, taking the reader through delight, love, anger, fatigue, and desperation, culminating in a brave call to action on behalf of the natural world.Fiber is intensely grounded in landscape -- in the Yaak, a valley nestled between the dark ranges of the Pacific Northwest and the basins of light that characterize the northern Rockies. Despite being one of our last truly wild places -- home to a dwindling population of grizzlies, lynx, wolverines, wolves, and even woodland caribou -- the national forests of the Yaak have no permanent protection. Bass' message is clear: please help save this magical, forested island before it is too late. Fiber is a graceful, startling, and gripping work by one of the most significantvoices in contemporary fiction and nature writing.

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This is the first separate publication of a fierce plea for the preservation of nature, in the guise of a short story, originally published in the anthology Off the Beaten Path: Stories of Place (not reviewed). The themes raised here will come as no surprise to fans of Bass's work as a novelist (Where the Sea Used to Be, p. 510, etc.) and essayist (The Book of Yaak, 1996, etc.); wild nature still offers, for those willing to seek it, a ``blessed landscape,'' diverse and instructive beauty, and a reanimating strength. The protagonist of the tale lives (as does Bass) in the Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana, a region still largely wild but also profoundly endangered by logging and the threat of development. As a kind of defiance of both the loggers and the capricious federal government, Bass's narrator makes a slender living by cutting down already damaged trees in the wilderness areas, sometimes going so far as to deposit them on the doorstep of an unsuspecting logger. The plot, however, is not much developed. In essence, the tale is simply another version of Bass's clearly heartfelt plea for people to organize to protect the Yaak, a wildly beautiful area in danger of being destroyed by logging. An appendix on ``What You Can Do'' instructs readers on how to get involved. Fiber offers, for those requiring it, further evidence that Bass is rapidly becoming one of our preeminent writers on the environment. A strong, sad piece of work. (Illustrations by Elizabeth Hughes Bass, the author's wife) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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