The rolling, billowing, delicate landscape of Nebraskas Sandhills the tombstone of Billy the Kidstolen so often that it must be caged and shackledin Fort Sumner, New Mexico an intercontinental ballistic missile trundling down a highway under heavy guard in Weld County, Colorado cottonwoods and cranes, faded hotels and abandoned trailers painted aqua and purple the ghosts of Pawnees, Cheyennes, and Kiowas and generations of settlers whose descendants now grouse in a caf in Heimdahl, North Dakota, or roar off to a bikers convention in Sturgis, South Dakota These are some of the things that catch Merrill Gilfillans eye and ear in this radiant collection of essays.Written with a poetic economy that often attains grandeur, Magpie Rising is an exhilarating tour of the Great Plainsits geography, wildlife, history, mythology, and food, its vast spaces and weirdly synchronous time This is nature writing at its most evocative and insightful....
|Title||:||Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains|
|Publisher||:||Bison Books March 1, 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||194 pages|
|File Size||:||579 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains Reviews
This book is a collection of the author's notes, impressions, vignettes, short essays and verbal fragments (he calls them "sketches"). They were written during 1983-86 as Gilfillian crisscrossed the Great Plains from Canada to Texas (he says he drove 50,000 miles), stopping here and there - sometimes in cities and small towns, sometimes off-road - to take out a sharpened pencil and note what was there to be "noticed."
This book is the best compilation of words on the great plains that I know of. The author simply leaves you feeling as if you are there. That's what a good read should do.