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Sippewissett: Or, Life on a Salt Marsh

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Tim Traver's Sippewissett is heir to a rich history of nature writing. Akin to classics like Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac and Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the book forms an eloquent bridge between ecology and memory, science and art. Traver alternates between remembrances of the Cape Cod salt marsh where he spent his boyhood summers and the history of S ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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There are passages in Sippiwissett of clear, enveloping description that brought me fully into the scene and into the marsh the book explores. But there are also long sections of more abstract introspection and overwhelming strings of rhetorical questions -- whole paragraphs comprised of one after another -- and that made it hard to stay focused as I read. There just seemed to be too much going on here, between philosophical and theological speculations, family history, personal reflection, scie ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Merlin added it
good cape cod reader
Dick Cass
Fine treatment of life on a marsh combining science, philosophy, literature and memoir. Well done.
Read it to understand how the marshes work and how they work in an ecological sense. And to enjoy the personal stories attached to the author's marsh life.
Jill Sansone
Great descriptions of the marsh and good commentary on the ecological issues present and future. AND if you are part of a multi generational summer community, his experiences are spot on!
Jun 04, 2014 Lill added it
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Interesting wander through the marsh and author's life. I thoroughly enjoyed
it's slow going so far on this one...he doesn't draw you in.
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