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Storm (California Legacy) Paperback – January 1, 2003

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About the Author

George R. Stewart (1895–1980) was a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of many books, including _Earth Abides_, _Fire_, and _Ordeal by Hunger_.

Ernest Callenbach is the author of _Ectopia_ and _Ectopia Emerging_. He also edits the _California Natural History Guides_ series for the University of California Press.

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Product Details

  • Series: California Legacy
  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday Books (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890771740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890771744
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,460,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The book was written in 1940. I read it in February 1943 at the U. of Wisconsin. Unaware that I needed glasses, I had been rejected by the Army Air Corps as a possible fighter pilot. I stumbled into weather forecasting as a bad second choice, having no interest at all in weather. This small book, given to me by the Army, instantly converted me into an avid, aspiring meteorologist. I am so glad Amazon.com recently found a used copy for me.
The novel is unusual in its construction. The storm called Maria (this book started the custom of giving storms feminine names) is the all imposing, domineering character in the story. There are 12 chapters, one for each day in the life of the storm. Each chapter has 6-12 subchapters that tell of the two or three dozen human characters who are in the plot. We know most of them by job title, not by name. Maria connects them all together in an ever rising crescendo that reminds me of Ravel's Bolero.
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For most, weather happens! It affects our lives in countless ways and sometimes wreaks havoc on them. Unless one personally experiences the sheer violence of weather like a tornado or a hurricane, we go along just being inconvenienced by it and muttering how it forced cancellation of the picnic or the golf game. Stewart's novel is a wonderful story of the seeming innocence of an obscure storm system developing far, far away that eventually will dramatically impact men's and women's lives in western United States. The people stories are poignant and suspensful as each is tied to this relentless and powerful storm as it develops and makes it's way to our shores. One gains tremendous appreciation and respect for the patterns, intensity and often times the unpredictable nature of weather -
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By A Customer on February 15, 1999
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A must read for anyone who knows and loves the big california storms- you know who you are. For the rest of you, it chronicles the lifespan of one of the big pacific storms.
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Very interesting book,although my favorite by this author is still "The Earth Abides". This book obviously pre-dates today's doppler radar systems, and deals with the evolving art of weather forecasting. The fact remains that George R. Stewart was a very accomplished writer, and could be counted as a very creative storyteller.
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A complete stranger recommended this book as one of the best ever written, and she was right!
Very well written and a tremendous perspective on it's unique character.
I would definitely recommend reading this book.
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From the cover I thought I would be reading a pulp novel but in fact it was a strongly written novel of a huge fictional hurricane hitting the coast of California in 1940. Each of the 12 chapters is a day in the storm drama, not until day 7 does the storm lash the coast. The two weather maps int the front were delightfully familiar and I am sure very high tech at the time. I loved all the dated phrases and the "technology". Found a copy at a library sale with a dust-jacket label i55 and the paperback labeled S238 dated 1944 an Infantry Journal from World War 2.

FROM GOODREADS: George R. Stewart (born Sewickley, Pennsylvania, May 31, 1895; died August 22, 1980) genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Outdoors & Nature. The author was an American toponymist, a novelist, and a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for his only science fiction novel Earth Abides (1949), a post-apocalyptic novel, for which he won the first International Fantasy Award in 1951. It was dramatized on radio's Escape and inspired Stephen King's The Stand. His 1941 novel Storm, featuring as its protagonist a Pacific storm called Maria, prompted the National Weather Service to use personal names to designate storms and inspired Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe to write the song "They Call the Wind Maria" for their 1951 musical "Paint Your Wagon." Storm was dramatized as "A Storm Called Maria" on a 1959 episode of ABC's Disneyland. Two other novels, Ordeal by Hunger (1936) and Fire (1948) also evoked environmental catastrophes. Stewart was a founding member of the American Name Society in 1956-57, and he once served as an expert witness in a murder trial as a specialist in family names.
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By A Customer on November 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a unique book, as there are no real characters other than the storm of the title. The story traces the birth, approach and impact of a storm, and the effect on persons and communities in its path. It is the literary equivalent of the disaster movies of the 1970's and 1980's (presaging them by several decades). Tightly written with the irresistable forward movement of a storm front, it an interesting, and surprisingly educational story. Although a bit dated, weather itself (the main character) has not changed, thus it remains current. Truly a novel novel.
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Borrowed this book from another weather spotter, loved it, and had to buy it for my library. Based in the past, but learned much more from the book than from the classes I took in college. This actually was written as a textbook, but doesn't read like one!
Rick Sealock N.O.A.A. Skywarn Weather Spotter SO#49
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