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A rich and evocative read... I love the diversity and creative license this author uses to show the reader all the ways in which one can perceive, digest, and make sense of the world...creatively. --Heidi Erhardt, writer and editor
My Country will be enjoyed by lovers of literary outdoor collections. --Morgen Bailey
From the Author
More often, the outdoors served as backdrop to my internal landscape. Drawn outside in warm sunny weather, I would bring along an intermediating distraction, a different sort of tool-- book, notepad, flute--with a headful of questions and new impressions to ponder en route to a random destination.... This, then, is "My Country"--personal explorations of body and spirit, in the time and setting of my BC homestead, community, and surrounding mountain wilderness.
- ASIN : B00JMPXJ84
- Publisher : CougarWebWorks (April 10, 2014)
- Publication date : April 10, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 832 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 194 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,138 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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It was much enjoyed and I recommended it for anyone drawn to nature.
The accounts are thought provoking; indeed they purposely ask more questions than they answer, as each of our responses is individual, and although based on experience, ultimately subjective.
We are almost challenged to observe and scrutinise our world from the perspective of nature and sustainability, to understand the factors involved, and at least introspectively, to supply some pragmatic solutions. We are also confronted with interpersonal relationships and the inherent complications that we hold in common.
Gray’s use of language is superb: detailed yet economical; vivid and appealing. It places the reader in the midst of the action as if walking alongside the author through some exciting adventures.
The prose often borders on poetry, which is a joy to read. Take this excerpt for example, which could easily be re-written in blank verse:
“It’s like riding the crest of a wave, so that just as you’re most enjoying the high buoyant arc as it rolls against the sky, you find it curling under you, dropping through the air and tumbling you under to churn in the roiling surf, wondering where the surface was.”
This beginning of one story is, of course, pure—and delightful—simile, but note how it urges one to read on.
I personally preferred the factual accounts, from which there is something to learn, rather than the few fantasies near the end of the book.
A pleasant, informative and commendable read.
Top reviews from other countries
He brought the city technology to the wilderness and in return he communicated back to us (using the computer and the internet) that rich experience of living in nature in British Columbia.
It is particularly in the second half of the book that I found the stories to become varied and exciting. They stimulated questions about values, beliefs and imagination, e.g. how the stories of one young woman (struggling with the decision for abortion against faith considerations) intertwined with the story of a couple’s innocent love that was interrupted by helicopters spraying toxic cough-inducing chemicals on nature. One can sense the abuse of our society’s urban way of life on nature and beliefs.
The book is an enjoyable journey of the experience of living in the wilderness of BC that spanned a period from time from the 70’s till our current time that deserves more than one reading.