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Book Title: Islands, the Universe, Home|
Date of issue: October 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780670821617
The author of the book: Gretel Ehrlich
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 39.87 MB
Edition: Viking Books
Read full description of the books Islands, the Universe, Home:In the opening canto of "Man With the Blue Guitar," the poet Wallace Stevens plays philosopher John Locke's famous phrase "things as they are" against the refrain "the blue guitar," symbol of the lyric imagination. A similar interchange of outer reality and inner vision inspires the savory prose of Gretel Ehrlich's latest essay collection, her first since "The Solace of Open Spaces"
Islands, the Universe, Home begins and ends in Wyoming, but goes beyond, to the Channel Islands off the California coast and to mountain Shinto temples in Japan, where the author made a pilgrimage. Her essays, however, are not tied to place, and thus these leaps enlarge, rather than jar, her writing; she uses place as a point of departure for her images and explorations of architecture, anthropology, a golden eagle, the Yellowstone fire, physics, time, astronomy, and much more.
Nice reviews, and there's nothing I like better than the interchange of outer reality & inner vision, with a sprinkle of anthropology and a dash of golden eagle thrown in for seasoning. So I expected to like the book.
I didn't much care for this book, however. I thought the author was grasping for lyrical flights of fancy, trying too hard to for witty plays on words and mystical, world-shaking revelations. They all fell flat, and the book never "took off" for me, but remained a read I waded through, like gumbo mud.
Read information about the authorGretel Ehrlich is an American travel writer, novelist, essayist, and poet born on a horse ranch near Santa Barbara, California and educated at both Bennington College in Vermont and UCLA film school. After working in film for 10 years and following the death of a loved one, she began writing full-time in 1978 while living on a Wyoming ranch where she had been filming. Her first book, The Solace of Open Spaces, is a collection of essays describing her love of the region.
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