The Mountains of California

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Penguin, Mar 25, 2008 - Nature - 304 pages
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When John Muir traveled to California in 1868, he found the pristine mountain ranges that would inspire his life’s work. The Mountains of California is the culmination of the ten years Muir spent in the Sierra Nevadas, studying every crag, crook, and valley with great care and contemplation.

Bill McKibben writes in his Introduction that Muir "invents, by sheer force of his love, an entirely new vocabulary and grammar of the wild . . . a language of ecstasy and exuberance."

The Mountains of California
is as vibrant and vital today as when it was written over a century ago.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes the photographs and line drawings from the original 1898 edition.
 

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A weird book to rate. A lot of it is just a collection of assorted natural history observations that can be a little dry, and I've already forgotten much. But Muir's love for his subject shines ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dayton - Goodreads

A weird book to rate. A lot of it is just a collection of assorted natural history observations that can be a little dry, and I've already forgotten much. But Muir's love for his subject shines ... Read full review

Contents

PRIMARY TEXTS
SNOWBANNERS
SHADOW LAKE
ORANGE LAKE
LAKE STARR KING
HANGING MEADOWS
THE NUT PINE
SUGAR PINE
MAGNIFICENT SILVER FIR OR RED FIR
BIG TREE
TWOLEAVED OR TAMARACK PINE
MOUNTAIN PINE
JUNIPER OR RED CEDAR
HEMLOCK SPRUCE
DWARF PINE
WHITE PINE

YELLOW OR SILVER PINE
DOUGLAS SPRUCE
INCENSE CEDAR
WHITE SILVER FIR
NEEDLE PINE
NUT PINE
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Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information, and Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously, among other books. He lives in upstate New York.

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