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My First Summer In The Sierra by John Muir
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Dec 30, 2007

really liked it
Read in January, 2007

"My First Summer in the Sierra" is not only a neat book to read, but its author started the Sierra Club, pioneered theories of Glaciation in the Sierra's, and had a huge influence in establishing Yosemite National Park. Cultually, this book represents a struggle to decide what would characterize humans relationship with nature.
The book itself is a compilation of Muir's journal entries from two separate summers in the Sierra's(despite it's title). Muir represents what he sees in nature with grandiose language. In the end Muir seems to challenge the perspectives held regarding nature and human use of nature.
Personally, I found that although this book is an easy read, it inspired within me desires to experience the beauty that is always before each of us. I also was challenged in my views of nature and our relationship to nature as a society and individual. Damn, that was a long review.

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