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Letters from Yellowstone Paperback – June 1, 2000
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It is ostensibly the story of a group of 1898 scientists on an expedition of discovery to catalog the flora and fauna of Yellowstone Park before tourists, the railroad, local entrepreneurs, and poachers destroy it. I say ostensibly, because the expedition is one of self-discovery as much as scientific cataloguing. None of the principals is unchanged by the experience. Additionally, Smith uses this forum to introduce readers to a number of late twentieth century concerns: wildlife management, commercialization of public lands, role of women in sciences. The author's treatment of these topics is not heavy handed, and her careful research shows these concerns are universal, not just limited to a single era.
The novel's primary characters eventually find themselves debating the validity of science in comparison to other systems of knowledge and belief, and their conclusions are rather enlightening to those of who might think we have our position in life all figured out. Unlike numerous other authors who have attempted to express the dialectic of science versus belief, Smith succeeds. She is neither dry, nor pedantic in her characters' discussions.
All this is accomplished against the sublime background of the Northern Rockies.Read more ›
Not only is this an exploration in letter-writing, (heck, that's very minor, just a means to the end), this book has several very interesting stories. As far as I could tell, it was historically accurate -I had to check to confirm it was fiction.
I enjoyed the play of characters, and how you occassionally saw the same action from different points of view from different people's letters - especially the 4th of July party. Also liked the argument over exact terminology - and how it was won. Highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a little humor with their character development, and is willing to read between the lines.
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If you are looking for a book that combines good information about Yellowstone in the early days with the people of the time, particularly with regard to women in education, you... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Karen
Fantastic book! I simply loved it. It was beautifully written with believable characters in my most loved place in the world: Yellowstone Park. I highly recommend it.Published 3 months ago by donnajaynebrown
If you're looking for a fictional story with well developed plot and characters, this is not for you. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Margaret M. Steffen
I enjoyed Diane Smith's writing style. But I found the subject matter dull, redundant and boring. PDPublished 20 months ago by Pat DeNote
The humanity of it is as important as the science and history of it. Easy read and beguiling in the format of letters.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the combination of history, botany, social mores and a woman way ahead of her times. After this, I'll have to revisit Yellowstone with botany as the focus.Published on May 14, 2014 by Carrie