/MUIR JOHN Originally published in 1916, this book is largely comprised of lightly edited diary entries Muir made during his memorable 1867 trek from ...Show synopsis/MUIR JOHN Originally published in 1916, this book is largely comprised of lightly edited diary entries Muir made during his memorable 1867 trek from Kentucky to Florida. Mixing deft observations of the human condition with lyrical responses to the beauties of the natural world, Muir creates his own stirring "song of theHide synopsis
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Hundred year old journal by Muir wandering towards Gulf collecting plants. Window into south and past. Plant explorers pioneered america. Human encounters almost more interesting. His view of african-americans and his language quite revealing of period. Not grandiloquent prose, but more of a log. Spare.
This edited publication of a portion of the journal John Muir kept on his first major expedition is a rewarding read. For anyone interested in US history, it gives a nice picture of what it might feel like to walk through the post-civil war South. Of course naturalists will be interested in Muir's keen observations of the flora of an area new to him. We all could benefit from the enthusiasm Muir has for the world around him, just as it is. We can learn from him how to slow down and really see and feel our surroundings when we are away from what men have done to "improve" their environment. Muir seems to see the natural world as the basic creation of God and the evidence of God's love for His creation. It's refreshing to read someone who shares a profound religious feeling without any dogma or promoting any specific sect. The book is a good, quick read and it left me wanting more.
John Muir puts you in his haversack and takes you from Indianapolis to Havanna Cuba. Along the way he paints pictures with words of monumental virgin forests and native flora of unbelievable beauty. The only way the book could be improved would be to add color plates of those scenes, but, alas, many of those sights are now gone forever, doomed by a developing country and its growing population. Muir tempts and tickles the reader to take off on a journey such as his, to discard the automobile and the comforts or a tent or camper, to walk across a part of our country and live in, absorb the environment. Only on foot can you experience the beauty of the plants and countryside. Even the people you meet, when unencumbered, act differently towards you. Mr. Muir sets out to challenge himself with this walk and by doing it, he challenges each of us to take a similar journey to get to know ourselves as well as nature.
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