Barrack-Room Ballads

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Barrack-Room Ballads
Andrew Lycett, Rudyard Kipling
Type: eBook
Released: 2003
Publisher: Signet Classics
Page Count: 128
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451528867
ISBN-13: 9780451528865
From Approaching his fifty-fifth birthday, Wetherell felt he needed to take stock of his life and that Yellowstone National Park was the place to do it.Barrack-Room Ballads Textbook Bringing an asset to the task—authorial skills honed in his novels, short stories, and nature writings—Wetherell also brought along his fishing tackle and a penchant for solitude. As he roams the park for three weeks in fall, he lets the landscape and its human history sink into his reflections about his life personally and aging generally. Wetherell’s marriage, his son and daughter, and his father cross in Wetherell’s ruminations with his venturing into Yellowstone’s trout streams to find, he offers somewhat diffidently, a meaning in the scenery. Wetherell’s caution about what he’s trying to learn about himself on his getaway imparts a subtle momentum to his prose. Literary stylists will appreciate Wetherell’s techniques for expressing youth’s passing, while readers acquainted with his essay’s backdrop should savor his descriptive passages of Yellowstone’s autumnal flora and fauna. A fine companion for the fireside, perhaps at the Old Faithful Inn itself. --Gilbert Taylor “[Wetherell] offers a refreshingly original set of observations on all manner of things, particularly the advance of years, which men are supposed to endure stoically and with mouths clamped shut. . . . Wetherell, pondering the history and meaning of wild Yellowstone, concludes that fishing is what matters in life, and ties on a ‘big Wooly Bugger and [plays] the chuck-and-duck game instead.’ A pleasure for men entering autumn, and for anyone who knows how to flick a line.”—Kirkus (Kirkus 20090301) "Literary stylists will appreciate Wetherell''s techniques for expressing youth''s passing, while readers acquainted with his essay''s backdrop should savor his descriptive passages of Yellowstone''s autumnal flora and fauna. A fine companion for the fireside, perhaps at the Old Faithful Inn itself."—Gilbert Taylor, Booklist (Gilbert Taylor Booklist 20090413) "This is Yellowstone as a coming-of-age story. . . . Wetherell goes deep into life and although his own, it is one that translates exceedingly well to others."—Montana Quarterly (Montana Quarterly 20090810) "An engaging blend of history lesson, fly-fishing essay and philosophical treatise, Yellowstone Autumn describes a veteran writer''s three weeks of solitude in Yellowstone National Park. . . . In the tradition of Henry David Thoreau and Edward Abbey, Wetherell contemplates his relationship to the land, people and wildlife, including old bison bulls, his wife, thermal pools and his own body."—Cherie Newman, High Country News (Cherie Newman High Country News ) "Wetherell''s soul-stirring prose is not simply a journey of self discovery—it''s a tribute to the American experience, and the landscape that makes it possible."—National Parks (National Parks ) "[W. D. Wetherell] deftly and gently combines the history of Yellowstone with his own history of marriage, aging fatherhood, award-winning writing and his relationship with his father and ends up providing the reader with an appreciation for both the beauty and solitude of Yellowstone but also the rewards of a life well lived, warts and all."—Mike Nobles, Oklahoma Observer (Mike Nobles Oklahoma Observer )

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