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Seasons at Eagle Pond Hardcover – November 3, 1987

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From Publishers Weekly

In celebration of New England and the seasons, the poet laureate of New Hampshire records his love of place. The place is a 180-year-old farmland, Eagle Pond, the home of Hall's grandparents and now his home. "There's no reason to live here except for love," writes Hall as he describes the sight of huge Holsteins frolicking or, when impatient for the arrival of spring, he suggests pushing winter "off to a condominium in the keys of Antarctica." This collection of four essays by a close observer of the natural world is a blend of reminiscences, anecdotes and vignettes that capture continuity of family and the quiet delights of rural life in each season. Hall is the author of String Too Short to Be Saved and Fathers Playing Catch With Sons. (November
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Hall gives us an intimate sketch of his beloved New Hampshire, where he summered with his grandparents at their homestead on Eagle Pond in Danbury: "By the time I was sixteen I daydreamed of living here as a writer; in my twenties I learned that this was impractical; in my forties I did it." All four essays lucidly entwine Hall's past and present lives. Unfortunately, they are self-consciously nostalgic and therefore somewhat oppressive; perhaps because this was the season of Hall's childhood, "Summer" is the best realized. Still, this provides yet another backdrop against which we may examine Hall's poetry, his fiction, and his plays.Taryn Schaeneman, Kingsborough Community Coll., Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ticknor & Fields; 1st edition (November 3, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899195423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899195421
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night to worry, this book will soothe your mind. Donald Hall writes beautifully about his life in New Hampshire in a house and a town he clearly loves. He will remind you of beauties in your own life -the sound of a snow plow clearing the roads at night, remembering your grandparents' house, gazing at a pond with mist rising from it. This may sound like the book is too sentimental - but actually it is just peaceful.The woodcut illustrations are also a pleasure.
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By A Customer on December 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Every word of this work of prose is chiseled to perfection by Donald Hall, one of America's most gifted poets. This slight volume is among the most treasured in my personal library.
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Tales of life in the country by poet laureate Donald Hall. It's a good read and a cozy re-read. I give it as a gift to country-loving friends. It's a particularly nice edition.
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