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Mountains and Rivers Without End by Gary Snyder
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Aug 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011

This is probably Gary Snyder's magnum opus - his Leaves of Grass. It's been forty years in the writing, and though it may no longer be subject to revision, it seems like the summation of a lifetime of study, and writing. Mr. Snyder refers to it as a "sutra," which is a Buddhist tract, akin to a gospel - it's the good news. And this is the good news of its title - Mountains and Rivers Without End, based on a scroll painting of the same name, that begins with a verbal trip through the scroll and out into the world from 1956 to 1996. Gary Snyder is very much of the "no ideas but in things," school, and though some of his descriptions were hard for me to visualize, others were so clear as to hover off the page.

Given our current state of climate crisis, the title is hopeful, I hope it's not unduly optimistic.

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Reading Progress

August 12, 2011 – Started Reading
August 12, 2011 – Shelved
August 12, 2011 –
page 130
70.65% "Actually started August 8. Keeps getting better."
August 14, 2011 –
page 136
August 18, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 23, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011

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