"Colter" is an interspecies love story that vividly captures the relationship between humans and dogs and along the way explores a man's childhood fascination with snapping turtles and dirt, and of the other animals--including people--that have shaped his life."Colter" is an interspecies love story that vividly captures the relationship between humans and dogs and along the way explores a man's childhood fascination with snapping turtles and dirt, and of the other animals--including people--that have shaped his life.Read Less
Brand New. Hardcover. Brand new, not a used item. Please no orders from Tennessee. Colter pairs one of America's most treasured writers with our most treasured "best friend." The runt of the litter, Colter, a German shorthair pup, surprises Rick Bass first with his raging genius, then with his innocent ability to lead his owner to a new territory altogether, a place where Bass feels instantly more connected to the world. 5x8 inches, 208 pgs.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-05-08 "How we fall into grace. You can't work or earn your way into it. You just fall. It lies below, it lies beyond. It comes to you, unbidden," writes novelist and essayist Bass (Where the Sea Used to Be, etc.) of the arrival of his "goofy little knot-headed" genius of a pointing dog. As they roam the remote western Montana valley where Bass lives, and hunt the golden autumn plains in the eastern part of the state, Colter unfailingly ushers Bass into "an unexplored land" where the two become "as alive as we have ever been: our senses so sharp and whittled alive that we could barely stand it." Their prolonged hours of "wanting only one thing, a bird, wanting it so effortlessly and purely that [we] come the closest [we] will ever come to a shared language" are a blessing. But always, for Bass, there is the undertow of paradox: of living for the hunt but being a comically rotten marksman; of being a hunter yet an environmentalist; of his tendency to love with "a passion so intense it borders on gluttony," inevitably followed by the crushing numbness that marks the loss of what he loves. Bass's exhaustless appetite for natural beauty and his propensity for "bragging on" his dog occasionally lead to exuberant repetition ("It was just so damn great to be out in such open country with my dogs"), but more often result in luminously transcendent passages on the education and sorrowful loss of a brilliant and mischievous chocolate brown pointer that will transfix anyone who has ever loved a dog. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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