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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420931024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420931020
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To small and confined!
Gordon Pulkinghorn
As a writer interested in bears, though, I have to say that the following quote from the book intrigued me in many ways.
Linda Jo Hunter
He was comfortable in his own skin - as comfortable editing it in 1904 as he was writing it in 1869.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LJFurman on July 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Three statements by Muir sum up his journal:
"It is easier to feel than to realize, or in any way explain, Yosemite grandeur."
"My notes and pictures, the best of them printed in my mind as dreams."
"I scrambled home through the Indian Canyon gate, rejoicing, pitying the poor Professor and General, bound by clocks, almanacs, orders, duties, etc., and compelled to dwell with lowland care and dust and din, where Nature is covered and her voice smothered, while the poor, insignificant wanderer enjoys the freedom and glory of God's wilderness."

My First Summer In The Sierra, by John Muir, reads like On The Road, by Jack Kerouac. It is however, calm, serene, and enlightened. Kerouac, the "Beat Hipster" had Muir's joy and focus on the here and now, but focused on the characters: Neal Cassady, Alan Ginsberg, himself; their mad rushes between New York and San Francisco. Muir, the naturalist, focuses on the Sierra; the trees, flowers, brush, insects, lizards, bears, dear, dogs, humans, and on the rocks, mountains, and waterfalls that more than set the stage are players in the drama. The only mad rushes in My First Summer In The Sierra are those of the sheep into and out of streams, and Muir has little use for sheep, shepherds, or even the money shepherding can bring. While the beat hipster wrote about meditating, he lacked the naturalist's serenity, perspective, and comfort in the wilderness. Kerouac's pursuit of intoxicants and stimuli may have indicated a lack of comfort in his own skin, his own self. Muir's intoxicant was life and the Sierra. He was comfortable in his own skin - as comfortable editing it in 1904 as he was writing it in 1869.

Muir and Billy, the crazy shepherd, share a similar dim view of the tourists in Yosemite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tay A. Ducey on November 9, 2008
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I hope this book will inspire future generations to immerse themselves in both enjoying and preserving the Sierra Nevada landscape and the environment as a whole. Along with classic literature, I'd like to see books like this also become a part of the required curriculum in high schools because environmental awareness and compassion begin with our youth.
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We have John to thank as the instrument behind our National Parks. His unparalleled zeal for nature, especially to observe it with a curious reverence, is legendary. This book is more or less a journal from the season he spent as a part-time shepherd in Yosemite Valley and surrounding high country. His attention to detail and skill for fluid, gorgeous description is terrific. Often his humor is first-rate and his ability to interweave scriptural metaphors is equal to Spurgeon and Bunyan. Unfortunately for me he seems to have been one of the Transcendentalists in terms of religion, but I can always go to him for a fresh enthusiasm to get out and explore God's good world.
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