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Where the Silence Rings: A Literary Companion to Mountains

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From Edward Whymper’s ascent of the Matterhorn in the 1860s to Jon Krakauer’s vivid profiles of modern mountaineers, this collection offers indelible impressions from writers who experienced the mystery and the grandeur of the mountains — and who lived to tell about it. Highlights include John Muir’s “A Perilous Night on Mount Shasta” and Belmore Browne’s heart-stopping “C ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 4th 2007 by Greystone Books
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Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This book about mountains shares many perspectives. To some people mountains represent danger and death. To others they are an adventure, a chance to conquer. Climbing for the thrill, the adrenaline of the risk that the climber is taking.

The prose in this book are calling the reader to the mountains. The writers are are sharing their glimpse into nature, the face of God or the sheer beauty of being alive. We are humbled by nature. If you grew up around or ever visited the mountains you would u
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book but there was definitely room for improvement. Some of the entries didn't work so well. The passage from the "Snow Leopard" is an example. It is very difficult to abstract a short passage from that book that makes sense on its own. You have to read the whole book.

There were some gems. "Thinking Like a Mountain" by Aldo Leopold is an example. It is a short little bit that beautifully captures a thought - in this case, the interdependence of nature.

It is a short work. I expect
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Some I liked and some made it difficult to get through this book at all. I liked the Crichton and Kincaid pieces the best, although the Wells one was the one that convinced me to keep going. A good book to read if you're in sight of mountains (I'm in Denver right now).
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Wayne Grady is the award-winning author of Emancipation Day, a novel of denial and identity. He has also written such works of science and nature as The Bone Museum, Bringing Back the Dodo, The Quiet Limit of the World, and The Great Lakes, which won a National Outdoor Book Award in the U.S. With his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds, he co-authored Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America ...more
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