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'A superbly told, moving and challenging story. For anybody remotely interested in the environment, Scottish culture, American history, the art of biography or the art of life, this book is essential' - Scotland on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The Story of My boyhood and Youth is a series of essays on the three worlds of the young John Muir: his first eleven years in an old town in Scotland, the years 1849-1860 in the central Wisconsin wilderness, during the time the area was being settled, and four years at the University of Wisconsin.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; No Edition Stated edition (May 15, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299036545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299036546
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,838,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Muir, one of the great leaders of the ecological movement in America, tells of growing up on a farm in Wisconsin. He gives detailed information about the wildlife he sees growing up, which is interesting but does get a bit tedious. It was interesting to learn how Muir became interested in being an inventor; before reading this book I hadn't known of his inventions. It gives some insights into how he came to love and appreciate nature, and hints at his later desire to protect all things wild. Near the end of the book he writes, "I wandered away on a glorious botanical and geological excursion, which has lasted nearly fifty years and is not yet completed, always happy and free, poor and rich, without thought of a diploma or of making a name, urged on and on through endless, inspiring, Godful beauty." Certainly Muir's writing recalls Thoreau, and his spirit has lived on through the writings of such diverse people as Rachel Carson, Jack Kerouac, and Adolph Murie. This book is not one of his classics, but if you're interested in Muir or life on the plains before they became completely tamed, it's worth reading.
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By A Customer on January 31, 2001
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The central symbol of Muir's abusive father is the father's decision to become a lay preacher, and thus his determination to study the Bible all day, while dumping all the farm chores on young John. This puts John at the bottom of a new well, hacking through the rocky ground in search of water. While the holy father urges him on between inspirational readings. One wonders if the father was reading of Jesus's encounter with the woman at the well, offering himself as the living water.
John concluded it's time to get the heck out of Wisconsin and away from his dad, to roam around the mountains and forests of the great unexplored Western U.S., appreciating the water where God placed it in plain view.
Muir's experience of being forced to work like a Calvinist, while his dad sat around like a pietist, presents a juxtaposition which can be applied to other relationships we all come across in our lives. That, and the lesson that you need not be a perpetual victim of a rotten childhood. Muir certainly overcame it.
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John muir and his brother immigrated with their religious fanatic father. They sailed from Scotland hoping for a better future in America. With no encouragement from his father, John invented some amazing devices, and he received a good education.

John muir had many talents, and his passion was botany.

Teachers should use this book as resource so that students could learn about the man who gave us our first national parks.
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A very interesting account of the life of an immigrant family in the 19th century. John Muir, however, was not your normal boy. He was full of mischief and had a very inquiring mind. An attitude that allowed him to be what he wanted to be and do what he wanted. Early Wisconsin seems to have been an ideal environment.
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John Muir was a genius of natural understanding, and this book doesn't really explain why. His life is beyond explanation. But he sure can tell a tale! It's a fascinating look at new immigrants to the U.S. in the 1800's. John Muir is such a man apart that every page is mindblowing. He has thoughts and experiences that will appeal to nearly every reader. His schooling was remarkable, his work ethic unrelenting, his desire to learn insatiable, his boldness irrefutable. He relates his thought processes in a way that opens the window to his soul, and you learn to know a man who you really want to know. His instincts, thoughts, motives, and wonderings guide the reader's mind to productive and beneficial thoughts.
I loved this book!
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This is a nicely written book by John Muir, which gives some insights into the mind of a man/author that I have only recently discovered. I think that reading this has given me a better understanding of this man and his works. This was a quick read, and well worth every minute of my time.
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John Muir is one of the great English language stylists. So it is sad this ebook was put together with such shoddy quality control. You need go no deeper than the first chapter to find a large block of text completely misplaced, so that reading it makes no sense in two places: where the block should be and where the block was actually placed. If I could transpose the text to correct this, I would. Puts me on pins and needles, expecting other screw-ups. Borrow the book from your local library, folks. Don't bother with this ebook version.

John Muir five stars
Kindle book two stars
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By berthcar on October 22, 2012
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I love reading about other people's lives. I gives me a look at what makes them tick and often suggests something I might decide to do. I love going walk-about and this book fed that love. It inspired me to read "My First Summer in the Sierra and Selected Essays (Library of America Paperback Classics)" and "Stickeen [with Biographical Introduction]". I am now reading "The Mountains of California".
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