Coming Into the Country

Coming Into the Country

Book - 1977
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Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush.

Readers of McPhee's earlier books will not be unprepared for his surprising shifts of scene and ordering of events, brilliantly combined into an organic whole. In the course of this volume we are made acquainted with the lore and techniques of placer mining, the habits and legends of the barren-ground grizzly, the outlook of a young Athapaskan chief, and tales of the fortitude of settlers-ordinary people compelled by extraordinary dreams. Coming into the Country unites a vast region of America with one of America's notable literary craftsmen, singularly qualified to do justice to the scale and grandeur of the design.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374126452
0374126453
Branch Call Number: Local History REF 917.98 MacP

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Jan 24, 2013

Mcphee is my favorite writer of all time. His sentences are beautifully constructed, his words breathe life into his subjects. "Coming Into the Country" is a masterpiece. When I need to remember how magical our existence really is I pick up one of his writings and read, reread and reread. I'm so grateful that a boodstore clerk in DC spoke so rhapsodically about reading a book entirely about oranges by Mcphee. A new world opened up for me.

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