Here, for the first time in one volume, are two of Lopez s masterpieces, River Notes and Desert Notes From the thundering power of the river s swift current, to the stillness of clear freshwater pools to desert springs, birds and wind, and rattlesnakes and the terrible intrusion of man, Lopez allows us to share moments of intense personal experience as man tries to come to terms with the Earth s landscape, and with his own existence....
|Title||:||Desert Notes/River Notes|
|Number of Pages||:||489 Pages|
|File Size||:||986 KB|
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Desert Notes/River Notes Reviews
I read this book after a friend of mine who is a professor of poetry told me it was one of her favorite books. I was blown away by this collection of short stories and vignettes. Many of them are prose poems. I read the book slowly and thoughtfully over several months, a piece at a time. It is impossible to read in a hurry; it is too deep. Reading Desert Notes and River Notes made me want to hike all summer long, and just write... I am now reading Barry Lopez' whole canon. I also went to hear him speak. I think he is an enlightened human being. To the reviewer who compares him to Castaneda, I can't agree. There is no comparison -- for example, Lopez has a deep understanding of the dispossessed from many environments and walks of life, both human and animal. I would put Lopez' work into the collection of the Great Books, whether his famous Arctic Dreams or this shorter early exploratory book. I am saying this after having read thousands of works from Plato to Yeats, as well as extensive literature from other cultures and languages. Lopez has no boundaries of self; he hears and experiences the landscape in a way that teaches me to be a better human being.
This is one of most peaceful books I have ever read. Yet is it filled with tiny action of the desert and the river. I can hear the water flow over the river stones. I can watch the raven wait.
Early work, stream of consciousness -- Lopez refined his craft in later works. I recommend "Crossing Open Ground."
No one in our time writes about the natural sciences and the living heart of the earth like Barry Lopez.
Truly a keeper! Great book, great service!
Read it in the desert, read it in the forest, read it in the city, read it in your bed, really just read it anywhere, just ready yourself to for a spiritual quest to the edge of what you think life is and can be.
Thanks so much!
As always, this companion set is a staple in my classroom library and curriculum.