Breaking Into the Backcountry

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U of Nebraska Press, Oct 1, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 192 pages
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Well aware of what could go wrong living two hours from town with no electricity and no neighbors, Edwards was surprised by what could go right. In prose that is by turns lyrical, introspective, and funny, Breaking into the Backcountry is the story of what he discovered: that alone, in a wild place, each day is a challenge and a gift. Whether chronicling the pleasures of a day-long fishing trip, his first encounter with a black bear, a lightning storm and the threat of fire, the beauty of a steelhead, the attacks of 9/11, or a silence so profound that a black-tailed deer chewing grass outside his window could wake him from sleep, Edwards's careful evocation of the river canyon and its effect on him testifies to the enduring power of wilderness to transform a life.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
1 Getting There
7
2 The Big Quiet
21
3 Breaking into the Backcountry
33
4 Vocation to Solitude
43
5 Spring Visitors
55
6 Own ership
69
7 The Other Side of the Mountain
85
8 Heat of the Summer
99
9 Big Aarons Visit
117
10 Premonitions
131
11 Aftershocks
143
12 Autumn on the Rogue
159
Epilogue
173
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