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- DescriptionMy Country charts a journey through two decades of life on a back to the land homestead in the mountains of interior British Columbia, 1980-2000. The book as a whole could be considered a meditation on the theme of nature and the place of human life in it. The author expands the containers of essay and story, adventure and lyric, naturalism and fantasy, to overlap and mingle in this collection unified in its spirit of place. The shifting voice in these stories and essays is by turns meditative, reflective, observant, philosophical, descriptive, elegiac, atmospheric, poetic, lyrical. My Country, like Walden, presents a neglected world that appears as through a forgotten memory. The work is a triptych, painting three panels of approach to life in the context of nature. The first section, Forest Walks and Other Exercises, offers reflections on the human/nature connection in that primal forest experience, accounting also for the outside forces of the industrial world encroaching on it. Interior Rainforest expands the narrative scope to dramatize unique events, along with personal relationships as they flourished or decayed with the seasons: a gathering to learn primitive skills, a climb of a 10,000-foot peak, a solo trek into the wilderness, a marriage in a cave, a tragic wildlife encounter. The final section takes a further step inside the world of mountain and forest, to the imaginary realm where fiction and reality collide, dance, and mirror one ather, bringing new forms of life to the ecosystem the narrator calls home. Mountain Dreams comprises fictional stories ranging in style from animism and fairy tale, to magical realism, to naturalistic dramas of human connection. Notable writers covering similar territory include: John Vaillant, Wade Davis, Derrick Jensen, Jim Harrison, Edward Abbey, Grey Owl, Emerson and Thoreau.
- Author BiographyNowick Gray harks to the tradition of Emerson and Thoreau in portraying his life in the woods, the mountains of interior British Columbia. I spent the last two decades of the twentieth century nestled in a mountain valley in southeast British Columbia, sequestered in a home of my own making. I had wished to enjoy the privilege of proximate wilderness, and I was willing to take on the challenge of creating a sustainable livelihood in such a place. With my own efforts and help from my partner, friends and neighbors, I cleared land and carved a homestead out of the bush. So easily said, and a decade of hard work done. ... On the wings of that stage the surrounding mountains offered up their pleasures: hiking and camping, swimming in summer lakes, backcountry skiing in winter.... More often, the outdoors served as backdrop to my internal landscape. Drawn outside in warm sunny weather, I would bring along an intermediating distraction, a different sort of tool- book, notepad, flute-with a headful of questions and new impressions to ponder en route to a random destination.... This, then, is 'My Country'-personal explorations of body and spirit, in the time and setting of my BC homestead, community, and surrounding mountain wilderness.
- Author(s)Nowick Gray
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication17/05/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectNatural History: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight249 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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