The Mountains of California by John Muir: Vook Classics
With a poet's sensitivity and a naturalist's eye, Muir celebrates the Sierra Nevada, which he dedicated his life to saving, and recounts his breathtaking visits to Yosemite Valley, Kings Canyon, Sequoia Groves, and Mount Whiskey. "The Mountains of California" is an affecting celebration of raw nature by one of its most ardent defenders.
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This book is exhaustively thorough but never bori ...more
A memorial to Muir states; "And when he had seen, and written down what he saw, men, charmed by the tale of his deep vision, went back armed with his eyes, even to the familiar, and found t ...more
Seven years later, I finish it, heartbroken. And bored. Sometimes shivering with suppressed laughter (I like to think the other people on the bus are weird, but wouldn't have the ...more
On the glacier lakes in the Sierra range: "they are well stocked with happy frogs. How did the frogs get into them in the first place?"
Muir's prose is spare and lovely, and will make you want to visit Yosemite posthaste. His natural theology shines through here, and the world he describes is one I want to live in.
It was hit and miss. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are already a big fan of JM (like me) or live in Northern California (also me). It is sort of methodically structured, with different sections on the glaciology, flora, and fauna of the Sierras. Some of these parts can get tedious, as when he is going over all of the different evergreen species. The book contains the famous story of JM climbing a tree during a st ...more
Muir, of course, was a nature enthusiast. It struck me that he largely viewed nature from the bottom up, giving the greatest degree of attention and study to the geology underpinning the area, somewhat less to the vegetation, and ...more
The best chapter is the longish field guide to conifers of the Sierras, and I appreciated the chapter about one of my favorite western birds, the American Di ...more
My favorite chapter has to be about the ...more
Not only did John Muir have a gift for trekking the wild, he had an eye for what would become of his treasured world and makes several predictions of destruction that absolutely came true.
I feel like camping after every page I read, and a trip down to the redwoods again jumped several spots up my list of things to do, but sadly many of the greatest places he descri ...more
I find this man to be a champion: of the environment, of America (though born in Scotland), and of literature.
His life and his writing are a wonderful study.