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The Outermost House by Henry Beston
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A stunning little package of essays steeped in lyrical solitude. Like his predecessor Thoreau, Beston spent an extended period of time in a New England cottage observing nature and his own thoughts; also like Thoreau, he was not completely isolated, as he regularly went into town for supplies and was visited buy Coast Guard beachwalking patrols.

It's refreshing that most of his material concerns the colder, darker months; even one of his summer-season chapters takes place mostly at night.

Beston ponders the wreck of the Montclair just offshore (chap. VI), "one of those dread elemental things that happen in an elemental world" (p. 68); chapter IV evokes a powerful February nor'easter. A marsh in winter is visited by "its great congresses, its little companies, its wandering groups, and little family gatherings of winter birds." (p. 92)

Fun fact: Cape Cod lore is that great waves crashing on the beach come in threes. (p. 42)

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Reading Progress

April 9, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
April 9, 2015 – Shelved
November 17, 2015 – Started Reading
March 1, 2016 – Finished Reading

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