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The Book of Yaak Paperback – September 15, 1997
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That essay, "This Savage Land," appears in this collection of the author's nonfiction. However, instead of the self-effacing, quiet humor of that essay, the rest of this book is a poignant account of an apparently doomed effort to preserve the Yaak River valley as a wilderness and bring a stop to the clear-cut logging that has been steadily turning it into a vast area of devastation. Chapters describing the author's letter-writing campaigns and his trip to Washington DC to make his case before Montana's congressmen alternate with descriptions of walks on the mountains, sighting bears and other wildlife, discoursing on the delicately interrelated flora and fauna, and admiring what is left of the old growth forests. There's also a chapter on the experience of the winter months and another on a summer of fires in the mountains and the role that fire plays in the regeneration and preservation of forests.
Through it all are the themes of loss and the ruinous harm of the logging industry, which he believes is not simply destroying a wilderness area but removing a critical link connecting regions where grizzlies, wolves, and other forms of wilderness wildlife still survive. When that connection is gone, he believes that these creatures will quickly die out.Read more ›
This book is a collection of essays, as short as one page long, talking about the Yaak. They are presented in no particular order that I could determine, but that's OK - - Bass doesn't really write essays, he writes poems that look like essays.
The chapters provide lyrical accounts of his love of the valley, daily life there, political activism on its behalf, and the friendships he has in the valley. There are encounters with grizzly bears and politicians, the deaths and illnesses of friends, adventures with a fishing guide, and the pleasures of waiting for the mail.
I find it difficult to describe the book further. Like the Yaak, it is, and it is good that it is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, wonderful prose. Slightly preachy, but definitely worth reading.Published 9 months ago by Joshua B. Bergan
A birthday gift to a new fan of Rick Bass' work. It arrived exactly on time for recipient's birthday..Published on July 22, 2014 by PLT
Since I was born and raised in the Yaak I was particularly thrilled to read more of the history from another point of view.Published on April 8, 2014 by MERRY L S
I worked in the Yaak for a summer and this book embodies my thoughts on the Yaak. It's a great bookPublished on January 20, 2014 by Christine de Caussin
I bought this book after visiting the Yaak. and loved the wonderful prose and the enormous feeling of the wilderness. Read morePublished on February 11, 2003 by Janet Lillian
Rick Bass has written a plea that is at times elegant and at other times shrill. The best writing in the book are the stories of long-time valley residents (both human and animal)... Read morePublished on April 28, 2002 by Amazon Customer