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The Solace of Open Spaces

Ehrlich, Gretel

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ISBN 10: 0670806781 / ISBN 13: 9780670806782
Published by Viking Press, 1985
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: The Solace of Open Spaces

Publisher: Viking Press

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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This series of essays about rural life, based on the author's experiences on a small farm in Wyoming, focuses on the people and landscape of the West and explore themes common to all areas

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"Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are. We are often like rivers: careless and forceful, timid and dangerous, lucid and muddied, eddying, gleaming, still." Whether she's reflecting on nature's teachings, divulging her experiences as a cowpuncher, or painting vivid word portraits of the people she lives and works with, Gretel Ehrlich's observations are lyrical and funny, wise and authentic. After moving from the city to a vast new state, she writes of adjusting to cowboy life, boundless open spaces, and the almost incomprehensible harshness of a Wyoming winter:

"When it's fifty below, the mercury bottoms out and jiggles there as if laughing at those of us still above ground. Once I caught myself on tiptoes, peering down into the thermometer as if there were an extension inside inscribed with higher and higher declarations of physical misery: ninety below to the power of ten and so on."

After experiencing the isolated life of a sheep herder, she writes, "Keenly observed the world is transformed. The landscape is engorged with detail, every movement on it chillingly sharp. The air between people is charged. Days unfold, bathed in their own music. Nights become hallucinatory; dreams, prescient."

Ehrlich's gift is one of subtle precision. She writes beauty into the plainest of thoughts and meaning into the simplest of ideas: "True solace is finding none, which is to say, it is everywhere." --Kathryn True

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