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Like many before her, poet Gretel Ehrlich discovered the therapeutic qualities of the West. In , a time of personal crisis, she moved from the East to a small. Table Of Contents. The Solace Of Open SpacesPreface. The Solace of Open Spaces. Obituary. Other Lives. About Men. From a Sheepherder’s. Like few writers I’ve ever read, Gretel captured something about Wyoming that I’ ve always struggled to put into words. She suggests that the.

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I’ve never understood it, myself, especially when it comes to Ralph Moody’s books The attention to the setting robs Gretel of all of her voice.

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Ehrlich falls in love with Wyoming when she comes there as a filmmaker, and decides to stay. And I think that the title is one of the best ever! This author is completely new to me but I think she deserves much more attention. Ehrlich visited Wyoming on assignment and, while there, her partner died.

The Rediscovery of North America. Buy the selected items together This item: Here is a quote, selected randomly: Set me in front of a western movie full spcaes cowboys and other such stereotypes and I will be bored out of my skull. Browse all BookRags Study Guides.

The Solace of Open Spaces

Each of these essays is a piece unto itself; sentence after sentence can be savored like hard candy until every bit of flavor comes out. Because it is insider her, because she is one with it, her writing illuminates the landscape she loves, the way I imagine it illuminated her in her time of need and opdn since.

Together, these reasons made it nearly impossible for me finish the pages without tossing it aside in disgust and disappointment. I admire the author’s stamina, if nothing else! Unlike Doig, she’s comfortable writing about eroticism.

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Its absolute indifference steadied me Even if you don’t know what a Lady Bing award is, you can probably figure out that it solac go to a bully; it goes to a “gentleman. A longer review to follow. Leaves are verbs that conjugate the seasons. Descriptive words are dropped, thd verbs My connection with her writing came from being raised in grasslands framed by mountains.

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The worst writing in the book occurred in the “Rules of the Game” essay when she likened the women who do barrel racing to Wayne Gretzky misspelling Gretzky’s name to boot. Ehrlich is more of an impressionist, not always attending to precise details.

After reading it myself, i must agree with her. There’s grwtel visceral seductiveness to a life as rugged as one spent ranching, herding sheep, driving cattle, surviving the sort of winters Wyoming used to and still sometimes sees. The Solace of Open Spaces invites you to inhabit and know a place on its own terms and I’m so glad I did.

Dec 18, Solce McGraw rated it it was amazing. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Elegiacal essays about hard scrabble Wyoming, sheep herding and living in isolation. May 17, Chelsea K. It seemed to speak volumes about why we need to slow down the pace of our lives and pay attention to what we miss otherwise.

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The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich

I understand that she first wrote these as journal entries, then as letters, and eventually revised them into a publishable form. My favourite essays are the title essay, ‘On Water’ and sklace of the Game. I ended up throwing it across the room. I’ve never been to Wyoming, but fo like I have been now!

And so I did not. Her then-lover ends up dying, and she just stays and sta When I requested this title in NetGalley, I did not realize it was an older book of essays coming up for a reprinting. In Wyoming, everyone knows everyone and there is a strict Western code to be followed.

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Or maybe it was that the title led me to believe that the book would be filled with observations about healing and comfort found in open spaces of the American west, but aside from the fact that the ehrlicu chose to live in the west after a personal tragedy, there is little in these essays that suggest that the open spaces provided the solace.

She even survives a lightning strike. Read reviews that mention gretel ehrlich open spaces solace of open open space years ago sun dance annie dillard ranch life many times filmmaker eye high plains worth reading ehrlich born read this book much all the time love for wyoming ehrlich book recommend this book essays about wyoming ehrlich writes.

The west evokes something primal, and this particular telling of it is nearly as powerful as being there. One woman in the book hadn’t left the ranch in 11 years.

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First published inI feel like I’d also be spacee not to mention that there are definitely parts of these essays that feel dated, and not in a serenely nostalgic way. I really wanted to like this book. I will certainly look for more books by Greta Ehrlich. To put that number in perspective, the true bullies of the sport typically average about penalty minutes in one season alone.