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Mountain Time: A Yellowstone Memoir

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  34 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
""Mountain Time," a thoughtful and often moving work, is not only about Yellowstone as a superb sample of American wildness, . . . but also about a man named Paul Schullery and his relationship to it. This fact gives the book much richness and power, for Schullery comes across clearly as a caring, observant, undogmatic person whose reasonable and intelligent opinions are r ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by University of New Mexico Press (first published 1984)
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Cathy Purchis

I've had this book on my shelf for a number of years. Not sure why it's taken me so long to read it.

Although he doesn't say the exact dates, it appears that Schullery worked in Yellowstone just a few years before I did. The episode when he got to stand next to Old Faithful as it was erupting had me totally jealous. The rest of the first and third parts seemed like pretty standard ranger memoir, but particularly enjoyable since I know the park. The meditation on the pejorative aspect of the term

Leslie Patten
Mar 07, 2015 Leslie Patten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Schullery is a good writer so although this is an older book written in the 80's, its still a good read. Schullery lived and worked in the Mammoth area and these are some of his memories of wildlife, fishing, and Yellowstone's fabulous geysers and scenery. He has written many books since and became the Park historian.

Partly because it was written before the wolf reintroduction and grizzly bear recovery, it is an interesting read. What was the Park like in the 80's with elk in high numbers a
Danielle DeSantis
This book had me laughing out loud, while also thinking pretty critically about our parks system--a pretty tall order. Highly recommended to anyone planning a trip to Yellowstone, or any national park, but also to anyone who thinks they have a stake in environmental issues.
Abe Louise
Aug 29, 2007 Abe Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the chapters on animals and mountains are ravishing. up close and personal with elk, geysers, etc. all in all, magnificent prose and an intimate view of wild landscape. his sentences are a thrill in themselves, crafted with dry wit and brilliant vocabulary. the chapters on rivers, fishing, and wilderness management politics (basically the middle third of the book) i skipped over.
Dennis Robbins
Sep 17, 2015 Dennis Robbins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A personal and literary view of a wonder-filled region. An important book for anyone who loves the uncultivated beauty of wild places. But particularly essential reading for those who love Yellowstone. Its best read around a campfire.
Nov 11, 2010 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK read, but spent too much time talking about mammoth area and all the general issues with the Nat'l Park Service. To read this book makes you think he did not travel the park all that much beyond Mammoth and Old Faithful
Jul 06, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nature lovers!
I read this book before going to Yellowstone back in high school. Schullery's vivid memoir places you in the park; re-reading it only makes me long to return to Wyoming and roam wild and free as a Park Service Ranger.
Loved it.
Does for Yellowstone what Desert Solitaire does for Arches National Money-Mint.
This is a great picture of the Wilderness of Yellowstone. The middle section, However wasn't so good.
Sep 20, 2012 Gib rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
poignant rememberance of working in a striking place
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Paul Schullery is an American author and photographer. The main focus of his work is centred on nature and our relationship with it. Schullery studied American History at Wittenberg University and Ohio University, receiving his M.A. and B.A., respectively.
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