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A Wild, Rank Place: A Season of Change
Cape Cod, that sandy, wind-swept enchantress, has captivated many writers, among them Henry David Thoreau, whose descriptions of that "wild, rank place" have fired the imaginations of not one but many generations. Among Thoreau's literary progeny is David Gessner, but this book goes far beyond the naturalist's focus on the transcendent beauty of the landscape. Rather, Gess ...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by University Press of New England
(first published March 1st 1997)
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The author redeemed the book for me somewhat by observing that he might be moving out of an extended adolescence, as that's how it read. My feeling is this is a far more important work for the writer than the reader - something he just had to do - and so it is a honest book if only because he is wracked with so much self doubt and suspicion of his own motives. And of course there's lots he's not telling, but that's ok too. And I'm pretty much the same age as him, and recognise bits of my past se ...more
David Gessner is the author of eight books, including Sick of Nature, The Prophet of Dry Hill, and Return of the Osprey, which was chosen by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year and the Book-of-the-Month club as one of its top books of the year. The Globe called it a "classic of American Nature Writing." In 2006 he won a Pushcart Prize; in 2007 he won the John Burrou ...moreMore about David Gessner...