The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana

The Wild Marsh Four Seasons at Home in Montana The Wild Marsh is Rick Bass s most mature full account of life in the Yaak and a crowning achievement in his celebrated career It begins with his family settling in for the long Montana winter and c

  • Title: The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana
  • Author: Rick Bass
  • ISBN: 9780547525402
  • Page: 362
  • Format: ebook
  • The Wild Marsh is Rick Bass s most mature, full account of life in the Yaak and a crowning achievement in his celebrated career It begins with his family settling in for the long Montana winter, and captures all the subtle harbingers of change that mark each passing month the initial cruel teasing of spring, the splendor and fecundity of summer, and the bittersweet memThe Wild Marsh is Rick Bass s most mature, full account of life in the Yaak and a crowning achievement in his celebrated career It begins with his family settling in for the long Montana winter, and captures all the subtle harbingers of change that mark each passing month the initial cruel teasing of spring, the splendor and fecundity of summer, and the bittersweet memories evoked by fall.It is full of rich observation about what it takes to live in the valley ruggedness, improvisation and, of course, duct tape The Wild Marsh is also tremendously poignant, especially when Bass reflects on what it means for his young daughters to grow up surrounded by the strangeness and wonder of nature He shares with them the Yaak s little secrets where the huckleberries are best in a dry year, where to find a grizzly s claw marks in an old cedar and discovers that passing on this intimate local knowledge, the knowledge of home, is a kind of rare and valuable love.Bass emerges not just as a writer but as a father, a neighbor, and a gifted observer, uniquely able to bring us close to the drama and sanctity of small things, ensuring that though the wilderness is increasingly at risk, the voice of the wilderness will not disappear.

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    1. Kerri Anne

      Sometimes I think Bass really gets it. And sometimes I think he's too far deep in his own head to get much of anything. And all the times I think he needs a good editor (or twenty) to help him curtail his repetitive sentences/sections/seasons. My primary issue with this book remains the way it reads like a diary that's not been touched since each month was originally penned, and not in the masterful(ly beautiful) way Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek does. Rather, it reads as if it's not been at [...]

    2. Matt

      Love the concept, love the imagery, would have loved to have seen some brevity. This is Dillard, without the sharp insight; Kingsolver, without the humanity; Leopold, without the ethic. It should not take a year to read the journal of a year, is what I'm saying.(You could still probably convince me to live in Bass's corner of the world, though. It's not so different from this one, and it sounds lovely.)[3 stars for feeling like home, even if the writing was overblown.]

    3. Marlène

      Après un passage par l'étape Walden, qui était une bonne idée de lecture préliminaire à un nouveau tome de Bass, nous y voilà donc.Ce livre est un peu plus long et à la fois proche et différent des autres contes de Bass sur la vallée de Yaak et son quotidien dans cet environnement rare et sauvage. J'ai beaucoup aimé ce journal de l'année, mois après mois, dans le Yaak, tout comme j'avais aimé ce type de découpage, beaucoup moins linéaire, ressemblant plus à une mosaïque pas vra [...]

    4. Andy Miller

      A collection of essays about the Yaak valley and nature by one of my favorite writers, Rick Bass. There are twelve essays about living in Yaak, one for each month. I found that his writing made me want to be outside and doing the things he does, which is a testament to his writing skill and his love of being away from it allI found myself enjoying the writing about his visitors, his kids, his neighbors and occasionally got restless during his long narratives about his observations on nature. I a [...]

    5. Skipr

      The sharpness of the seasons in the Montana Rockies as described by Bass is such a contrast with what I've known on the Gulf Coast. I'm sure I'd tire of snow from November to April - especially with the brutal cold of Montana. But the rapid change of it all - valleys to mountains, spring to summer, yellow larch to Douglas fir - I'd like to live there for one complete cycle. Bass occasionally gets a little too "literary" for my prosaic tastes, but overall his descriptions of a real wilderness and [...]

    6. Matt

      A lovely interpretation about land that most people don't know much about. Mr. Bass writes with simplicity about contemplations on mans place in nature. The sort of book and writing that one savors rather than chews up.I really enjoyed it, the writing occasionally drags and drifts but I still found the diversions to be interesting.I would like to point out that I don't think he is trying to write anything like either Thoreau or Edward Abby. I think Mr. Bass is trying to be thought provoking, but [...]

    7. Mike

      Bass, noted storyteller and environmental activist, shares a month by month accounting of life in remote Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana. Both a journey and a journal, he recounts the day-to-day events of life in the midst of the truly wild. Lyrical, contemplative and loving, Bass invites you to share in the minor triumphs and misadventures of his family and leads you to appreciate all the small "grace moments" in any day, month, year. Compares well with Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac", Ab [...]

    8. Sarah Boon

      Rick Bass is a legendary nature writer, mixing poetry into his prose until you feel you're standing next to him in his forested Montana landscape. This was the first long Bass book I read, and it floored me with his intimate connection to nature and his ability to put us right there in it. I had it on interlibrary loan, but ended up buying my own copy so I could read it again and again and again.

    9. Ryan

      his is a beautifully written book about the passing of four seasons at the author's home in the Yaak valley of NW Montana. If you like Terry Tempest Williams or Aldo Leopold, then you will enjoy this book. It is a little hard to get through because there is no real story, just observations of nature and the changing seasons, but it is a very poetic book and a good read to bring along on a picnic or to a secluded cabin getaway.

    10. Marginalia2

      Rick Bass not only loves the wilderness, but he has an exceptional ability to make this reader, who lives in the crowded Northeast, yearn to see the Yaak Valley area of Montana. Each month is explored and my only complaint is that the months pass too quickly.

    11. Matthew

      Jori gave me this book for my birthday. It chronicles a year of Bass's life living by a marsh in the Yaak valley of Montana. The chapters are divided into months. So each month of this year I will read the corresponding chapter.

    12. Ted Ryan

      Thick, abstract prose steeped in earth worshiping, not my cup of tea. I stopped at about 100 pages.I enjoyed the author's book, Winter, but this one is wholly different and in a bad way.

    13. Clint

      I bogged down on this one. I've ripped right through most everything by Rick Bass I've read thus far, but I just couldn't make it through the second half of this book.

    14. Tuck

      very nice, some of rick bass' most accessible work. you really get the feel of yak valley and the people, plants and animals who live there.

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