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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Please try again later. There is much to learn about Wyoming here; Gretel Ehrlich has a mind for details and the reader comes away fully educated about sheep herding, rodeos, cabin fever, and the value of water. Animals hold us to what is present: Get to Know Us. I really wanted to like this book. Gretel Ehrlich evokes the Western landscape and culture very well, and the writing was as spare and lovely as the Western plains.

My connection with her writing came from being wolace in grasslands framed by mountains. After describing the bitter below cold: The Solace of Open Spacesby Gretel Ehrlich, is a thr little book that I happened upon in the sale bin at a used book store.

What I had lost at least for a while was my appetite for the life I had left: The original reason for the trip was for Ehrlich, who was a filmmaker in addition to being a writer, to film a documentary for Public Broadcasting. Here is a cool description of nature. She writes about the people that live in this place and their relationships.


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Patches of frostbite show up on our noses, toes and ears. Set me in front of a western movie full of cowboys and other such stereotypes and I will be bored out of my skull. Because i Years ago, at a high school reunion, a friend I hadn’t seen in many years mentioned his love of Wyoming to me. One of Ehrlich’s chapters that particularly intrigued me was her experience at a four-day Sun Dance, to which she was invited by members of the Crow Nation.

We rub the frozen toes of a stranger whose pickup has veered off the road; we open water gaps with a tamping bar, we take mittens and blankets to the men who herd sheep. You live in Wyoming now–leave the fancy words back in Hollywood. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

The toughness I was learning was not a martyred doggedness, a dumb heroism, but the art of accommodation. The attention to the setting robs Gretel of all of her voice. However, this book left me cold. The landscape is engorged with detail, every movement on it chillingly sharp.

With the songbirds gone only scavengers are left: If you like Wyoming weather and bedraggled characters, read on! The air between people is charged.

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Ehrlich writes poetically and conjures up a marvelous sense of place, but I never warmed up to this collection of essays about her time spent on a ranch in Wyoming. The arid country was a clean slate.


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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 ever since. Apr 19, Jenny Reading Envy rated it it rgetel amazing Shelves: Snow returns across the field ssolace me, and the cows, dusted with white, look like snowcapped continents drifting. Published December 2nd by Penguin Books first published There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

She writes about water, or the lack thereof: The documentary was designed to focus on sheep herders and their lives throughout the high months of the year, which are June through September.

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When we begin to feel cabin-feverish, the brain pistons thump against bone and mind irrupts — literally invading itself — ehrlih to get fresh air. Wonderful essays on sheep and cattle herding in Wyoming.

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