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Hole in the Sky: A Memoir

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The Great Basin--an area the size of France carved out of Oregon, California, and Nevada--and a ranch as big as Rhode Island; for three generations ... Show synopsis

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Chukarhunter

Somewhat Boring!

by Chukarhunter on Sep 22, 2011

I am not sure who would like this book, critics obviously, academics maybe, otherwise probably people like myself who live in the Eastern Oregon desert and are familiar with the named places. I can't say I liked the book, but it was a memoir which may not be as exciting as one would like it to be. I was never sure where the story was leading so I kept reading, thinking the conclusion might be climatic, it wasn?t! He had a horse, but never a dog that he mentioned. He always seemed depressed and certainly didn?t appreciate the desert in the way most desert lovers do. He wanted to stand back and look at it as a picture instead of becoming part of the desert itself, but most obvious was the lack of humor in the entire book, something else that seemed to be missing from his life. It seemed to follow the mundane style of A River Runs Through It, which he co-produced. Neither story had much of an obvious conclusion, albeit both received accolades from critics! He may be living proof that liberals are wired that way from birth instead of being a victim of their environment.

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MidwestReader

Epic Story of the West

by MidwestReader on Apr 1, 2007

William Kittredge writes a moving memoir about growing up in Oregon as a son and grandson of a farmer/rancher. He tells of great triumphs over land, hard working men of tradition and substance, the connections of family, and how one grows into himself. Kittredge captures his life with masterfull details and poetic prose. In reading this epic story, I gained a sense of place and respect for this man`s life and personal geography.

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