Pieces that are too long, too rambling and too Dickensian in his use of every possible word imaginable to capture one small detail in excruciating detail. A fan's notes on wilderness, log-cabin life, grizzly bears and other aspects of the American outback. Bass Why I Came West, , etc. Beginning with his family settling in for the long northwestern Montana winter, and capturing all the subtle harbingers of change that mark each passing month—the initial cruel teasing of spring, Four Seasons at Home in Montana. An account of one year in the Yaak Valley wilderness range, by the acclaimed naturalist and memoirist.
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Return to Book Page. Four Seasons at Home in Montana 3. It begins with his family settling in for the long Montana winter, and captures all the subtle harbingers of change that mark each passing month — the initial cruel teasing of spring, the splendor and fecundity of summer, and the bittersweet memories evoked by fall. It is full of rich observation about what it takes to live in the valley — ruggedness, improvisation and, of course, duct tape. The Wild Marsh is also tremendously poignant, especially when Bass reflects on what it means for his young daughters to grow up surrounded by the strangeness and wonder of nature.
Bass emerges not just as a writer but as a father, a neighbor, and a gifted observer, uniquely able to bring us close to the drama and sanctity of small things, ensuring that though the wilderness is increasingly at risk, the voice of the wilderness will not disappear. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Wild Marsh , please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. May 14, Kerri Anne rated it liked it Shelves: Sometimes I think Bass really gets it.
5. The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana, by Rick Bass
And sometimes I think he's too far deep in his own head to get much of anything. My primary issue with this book remains the way it reads like a diary that's not been touched since each month was originally penned, and not in the masterful ly beautiful way Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek does. Rather, it reads as if it's not been at Sometimes I think Bass really gets it. Rather, it reads as if it's not been at all edited for content or repetition or concept.
I promise I wouldn't be whining about Bass' repetition and lack of decisive word choice if it a weren't completely distracting and b weren't oh so prevalent throughout each and every month.
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Rick Bass is a legendary nature writer, mixing poetry into his prose until you feel you're standing next to him in his forested Montana landscape. This was the first long Bass book I read, and it floored me with his intimate connection to nature and his ability to put us right there in it. I had it on interlibrary loan, but ended up buying my own copy so I could read it again and again and again. Apr 16, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: Love the concept, love the imagery, would have loved to have seen some brevity.
This is Dillard, without the sharp insight; Kingsolver, without the humanity; Leopold, without the ethic. It should not take a year to read the journal of a year, is what I'm saying. You could still probably convince me to live in Bass's corner of the world, though. It's not so different from this one, and it sounds lovely. Et ces anecdotes, moins nombreuses que dans Winter ou The Book of Yaak Du coup, pour conclure: Encore un bel opus, un peu plus long, un peu beaucoup plus abstrait et contemplatif, mais d'une richesse exceptionnelle.
Oct 28, Andy Miller rated it really liked it.
A collection of essays about the Yaak valley and nature by one of my favorite writers, Rick Bass. There are twelve essays about living in Yaak, one for each month. I found that his writing made me want to be outside and doing the things he does, which is a testament to his writing skill and his love of being away from it all I found myself enjoying the writing about his visitors, his kids, his neighbors and occasionally got restless during his long narratives about his observations on nature. I a A collection of essays about the Yaak valley and nature by one of my favorite writers, Rick Bass.
I also was intrigued about how much he wrote about his daughters but it felt like his wife was a missing character, the book left me wondering what she was like. But on the whole, an enjoyable read I Aug 15, Skipr rated it really liked it. The sharpness of the seasons in the Montana Rockies as described by Bass is such a contrast with what I've known on the Gulf Coast. I'm sure I'd tire of snow from November to April - especially with the brutal cold of Montana.
The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana
But the rapid change of it all - valleys to mountains, spring to summer, yellow larch to Douglas fir - I'd like to live there for one complete cycle. Bass occasionally gets a little too "literary" for my prosaic tastes, but overall his descriptions of a real wilderness and The sharpness of the seasons in the Montana Rockies as described by Bass is such a contrast with what I've known on the Gulf Coast.
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Bass occasionally gets a little too "literary" for my prosaic tastes, but overall his descriptions of a real wilderness and the almost wild places around it are beautiful, and he throws in enough adventure to keep the pages turning, such as fires in August, or November's deer hunts and icy roads. Feb 12, Matt rated it really liked it. A lovely interpretation about land that most people don't know much about.
Bass writes with simplicity about contemplations on mans place in nature. The sort of book and writing that one savors rather than chews up.