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The magic of words
on February 10, 2004
This book will send you to the dictionary while taking your breath away. Other reviewers have mentioned the phrase, "If one is patient...if you are careful, I think there is probably nothing that cannot be retrieved" from the story, The Orrery. Later in the story, The Location of the River, Lopez recounts the belief that " the history of the earth was revealed anew each spring in the shapes of the towering cumulus clouds that moved over the country from the north and west". Powerful, glorious statements.
The language in this book is so wonderful, I can only let Barry Lopez speak for himself. Two others. From ,The Woman Who Had Shells,"We carry such people with us in an imaginary way,proof against some undefined but irrefutable darkness in the world.".
For the readers, from ,The Lover of Words, "He did not wish to be distracted from...sequence in a life of readings, whereby one book leads by diaphanous but ineluctable threads to the next".
Let the thread of your reading lead you to this book.