PrairyErth (The Travel Trilogy #2)
Least Heat-Moon is a magician. How anybody could take a county in Kansas and turn it into a fascinating, edifying, educating read is beyond me. But he did. You don't have to look far to get the feel that this book is a work of art. The cover itself is gorgeous. I remember reading the book gingerly because to damage the binding by opening it too wide would be tantamount to desecrating high art.
There's really no way to classify this book. It is part travelogue. Part interviews. Part anthology (co...more
that it's "several inches thick but curiously enjoyable at a leisurely pace."
I went back to it in October and browsed in it
for a couple of weeks, soaking up the liveliest
mix of geography and history I've ever read, and
it was all about one county in Kansas! Fabulous
combination of archival research, personal inter-
views, and a walking acquaintance with the land.
Nice finding out how his "Blue Highways" came
Sicuramente il libro apre la mente alla conoscenza degli USA "profondi", e della poesia del nulla che caratterizza il midwest.
Forse, però, le stesse cose avrebbero potuto essere dette con qualche centinaio di pagine in meno.
What inspired me to read this? Well, I had heard it mentioned favorably, along with Blue Highways (which I will have to probably get). I saw it at a thrift store for $2:00. I brow...more
Years later I ran into the boyfriend. He was the new chef at a new re...more
The message I liked, his method of communicating it was sometimes boring, sometimes engaging. I had to be content with a slow pace through this book...maybe there was a...more
But I have to admit there is gold in them thar Flint Hills. A "deep map"--I love it, and I came out of the quotation sections with a long list of to-reads. I am constantly reminded how much this guy thinks along the same lines I do, even if...more
William Least Heat-Moon, byname of William Trogdon is an American travel writer of English, Irish and Osage Nation ancestry. He is the author of a bestselling trilogy of topographical U.S. travel writing.
His pen name came from his father saying, "I call myself Heat Moon, your elder brother is Little Heat Moon. You, coming last, therefore, are Least." Born in Kansas City, Missouri, H...more