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The Mountains of California (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – September 11, 2001
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"Mr. Muir is a nature-lover of a fine type, one of the best the country has produced."
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When John Muir traveled to California in 1868, he found the pristine mountain ranges that would inspire his life's work. The Mountains of California is the culmination of the ten years Muir spent in the Sierra Nevadas, studying every crag, crook, and valley with great care and contemplation.
Bill McKibben writes in his Introduction that Muir "invents, by sheer force of his love, an entirely new vocabulary and grammar of the wild . . . a language of ecstasy and exuberance."
The Mountains of California is as vibrant and vital today as when it was written over a century ago.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes the photographs and line drawings from the original 1898 edition.
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WOW! Muir blew me away! As a nature watcher and hiker, hiking for the love of seeing and being in nature, loving the details of nature,this author finally fulfilled my idea of description and detail and love of all the beauty,in a written form. I felt transported to this time and place, he painted pictures with his wonderful descriptions that brought me to hear the wind in the pines, feel the rain dripping off me in the wild rainstorms. Feel the exhiliration rounding a canon corner or popping over a peak and there beholding a view before me that takes away the breath and floods you with such an overwhelming amount of beauty that you scarce can take it in.
When he describes the sequioa I felt compelled to sit down right there and observe the giants,drink that forest in, contemplate, go over the bark, the heigth, the forest floor, the moss, the ferns, the sky, the sounds, and smells, until you feel full and have taken it fully in.
Which is exactly what I have done when I was among them myself. But Muir's writing took me right to that feeling with his beautiful writing alone.
His description and obvious love of the water-ouzel (birds) felt like my own experience that I have never had in near the depth that he experienced it.
This writing is a treasure and should be preserved for all times for all to read, all who cannot go to nature can almost literally bring nature to themselves;the writing and detail is that supurb.
Granted he does talk at length about some things in nature that are not of a great as interest to me , for me it was the mountain sheep, I hold very little interest in these fellows of the mountains, Muir's writing is so concise and organized, all I had to do was skip over this part to the next part that was of interst to me.
If you adore nature and being in it, or if you adore nature and cannot be in it for some reason, this book is for you! If you are encouraging an interest in nature in your children or studying how the glaciers went through an area and carved out the land, then what happens over time because of the changes the glaciers started, this book is an excellent source of how and what. Amazing, an Icon of Nature Writing for all Times.
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