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The Necessity of Empty Places

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In this paean to the wild lands of the American West, Paul Gruchow celebrates the intrinsic value of places that resist human exploitation. Whether he's rambling through the Minnesota Blue Mounds, spying on migrating cranes in the Nebraska sandhills, lumbering along the Oregon Trail in an old-fashioned wagon train, contemplating the "unearthly spires" of the Dakota ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Milkweed Editions (first published 1988)
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Jane Wolfe
Jul 05, 2013 Jane Wolfe rated it really liked it
Even though this book was written over ten years ago, Gruchow's thoughts about nature and seemingly empty locations are true today. I do find it interesting when naturalists explore remote pristine areas write their concerns about the increasing number of people visiting these places. His work could not exist if he hadn't visited the area. The paradox is that written works about such places raise awareness about their fragility but also may increase the human traffic to them. Gruchow writes ...more
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Nov 19, 2008 Shauna rated it it was amazing
This author was my first professor at Concordia College, a wonderful Minnesota writer. He was so inspiring to all whose lives he touched. He truly allowed me to believe in myself and my ability to make a difference. A wonderful book, and one which inspired my concern and love for "empty places," which of course are not empty at all. What a tragic loss to lose such an amazing writer who brings nature, community, and culture to life. He has been compared to Thoreau, Berry, and others in this ...more
Julie M
Jul 05, 2008 Julie M rated it it was amazing
Incredibly moving description of the tallgrass prairie--one of the rarest of all American landscapes. A gentle outrage against consumptive practices that continue to threaten it by a most-beloved nature writer.
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Jan 24, 2015 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This series of essays eloquently extolls the virtues for our psychic well-being of being able to spend time in places where there is no evidence of humans or human activity.
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The author conveys the hidden appeal of the demanding uncompromising place that our culture has largely prevented us from appreciating.
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