Like Terry Tempest Williams (Refuge), Norris understands how the boundary between inner and outer scenery begins to blur when one is fully present in the landscape of their lives. As a result, she offers the geography lesson we all longed for in school. This is a poetic, noble, and often funny (see her discussion on the foreign concept of tofu) tribute to Dakota, including its Native Americans, Benedictine monks, ministers and churchgoers, wind-weathered farmers, and all its plain folks who live such complicated and simple lives. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I enjoyed parts of the book more than others. But the history seemed pretty accurate.Published 2 months ago by Donna O'Donnell
Was very boring and hard to want to keep reading. Only reason I read it was for school, I would not recommend this to anyone for an entertaining readPublished 2 months ago by Tim
Well written as you expect from Mrs. Norris, I just could not connect spirituality with descriptions of South Dakota.Published 2 months ago by curlytop
Rich, restful and refreshing as an appetizer of Sabbath ought to be. If Lewis imagines the heavenly realities in Narnia and if Berry portrays what that might look like in Port... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DSG
Kathleen adequately expresses my lived experience growing up on a farm in the southeastern part of SD, even though writing about the more desolate western Dakotas. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amanda, RN
A compelling read and a comparison of the stillness of the Dakota plain with the stillness of thought, contrasting both with slices of monastic life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jinnya
Kathleen Norris may be best known for her book "The Cloister Walk," detailing her experiences as a Benedictine oblate, but "Dakota" is really where it all began. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Catriona Mairi