- File Size: 3329 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Publisher: Hollow Tree Press (February 26, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 26, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B43Y7X4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Looking For The Klondike Stone: A Memoir Kindle Edition
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Nancy Middleton, Belles Lettres, Vol. 9, #3
Elizabeth Arthur's girlhood memoir, Looking for the Klondike Stone, contains not a single false step...It is as delicate as gossamer . . . This book is a memory feast - a rich, detailed evocation of a time of wonder and innocence and daring, written after such concentrated cultivation and nurturing that for a time, at least, it convinced this portly gentleman in his mid-50's that he was inside the mind of the lively and curious eight year old girl. Or, perhaps even better, that he was inside the mind of a fiercely intelligent adult looking back with great honesty at the child she was.
Geoffrey Stokes, The Boston Sunday Globe, Sept. 19, 1993
Donna Seaman, Booklist, June 1 & 15, 1993
Chicago Tribune, Sept. 3, 1993
From the Inside Flap
Elizabeth is in her fourth summer as a camper when we first meet her - at age ten, arriving at Wynakee in the back of her stepfather's Jeep, "dressed in new shorts, a new shirt, new sneakers and a new cap, like any pilgrim ready to be reborn." Possessed of a child's remarkable ability to endow the events of her days with symbolic significance, she is poised to make the most of every moment.
With her we enter a world where the comforting daily routine begins with "the chimes of a great brass bell ringing and ringing in waves of deep sound across the meadow and the woods"- a sound "which I never tired of hearing, and which said to me not just 'Listen,' but 'I hear you':; where skinny dipping with other girls in the pond at night, the water "like black velvet stroking every neuron," is a chance to learn "the bliss of bodies, and the deep comfort of forgetting, for the time, our differences"; where a long hike to the Fire Tower on a day when "the heat lay around us like a piece of birch bark carefully cut and ready to be set to flame" may culminate in the realization that "the world itself was a kiln, and that all things, including me, were fired in it"; where on one special day each summer - Klondike Day - the counselors transform the camp into a dream of the Wild West.
On Klondike Day gold-painted rocks, hundreds of them, are scattered through the hills for the campers to seek and find; one stone - and only one - is the Klondike Stone, the true treasure, whose finder, chosen by fate itself, is "cleansed, remade, newly wrought." To Elizabeth it is the emblem of the miracle of Wynakee, where a child who has known since her parents' divorce that "things you love can vanish" might experience during a few brief seasons a measure of happiness that will nourish her for a lifetime.
Light of touch, written in a style of great lyric generosity, this is a book to remind us of the joyful seriousness and awe-filled intensity of childhood. In Looking for the Klondike Stone it will be forever summer in Vermont, where the pervasive magic of a place called Wynakee is elevated to the status of myth by an extraordinary child on a quest to discover the meaning of the world. It is destined for the small shelf of classic American memoirs that capture a time, a place, a life in which we all can find ourselves.
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