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Read Coming into the Country Coming into the Country Read & Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook John McPhee Ú 4 Free download Hich shifts scenes freuently and yet manages to tie the work into a rewarding whole. A year or two out of college I was employed at a bookshop in Seattle earning little than minimum wage For a change of scene I signed up with some friends to work the salmon season at a cannery in Alaska It was rough work seven days a week 8am to 11pm or to 1am on nights when you had cleanup duty We didn t get to see much of real Alaska but you could feel it around you The wilderness The cannery was located on an island in the southeast of the state The town was small for anyplace other than Alaska with not much than a single road The rest of the island was uninhabited People wandering into the interior were sometimes never heard from again No one went in search of them It was assumed the wolves or bears had got them The moss and muskeg would hide their bonesThough I saw little of Alaska it was enough to grasp its fascination If my sense of it had faded some over the past twenty years McPhee s wonderful book has helped to revive it I suddenly find myself scheming ways to get the wife and kids up north on vacation as soon as possibleOne of my college professors first introduced me to John McPhee It was a writing course and he was reading brief passages from one of McPhee s books I don t recall which one lingering over certain passages and expostulating on the genius of his prose his crystalline expressions McPhee is rarely flashy There is no false posturing He is curious broad but crisp fresh clear My former favorite of McPhee s books among those I have read was Basin and Range but Coming into the Country is just as good The first part of it follows McPhee on an outing in the total wild of the Brooks Range The second has to do with the politics of the state circa 1977 The third and by far the longest is the best In it McPhee lives with and among the trappers the miners the townspeople the hippie kids and the Athapaskan natives of the Yukon River country near the Canadian borderIn this small but broadly scattered and loose knit community McPhee finds all the hope discontent and anxiety of the human condition It s a parable perhaps of the riddling complexities that face us today finding ourselves to be a part of the natural order and yet standing somehow outside of it

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Read Coming into the Country Coming into the Country Read & Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook John McPhee Ú 4 Free download McPhee segues from the wilderness to life in urban Alaska to the remote bush count. McPhee s Coming Into the Country is rightly considered a classic with its detailed description on life in mid 1970s Alaska Much of the writing is stunning packed full of river trips and anecdotes about characters the author encountered during his many months in the country He captures well the contradictions embodied in many Alaskans a thirst for solitude alternating with a an affinity for social gatherings an abhorrence of government even as they live and trap on public land and the sparse population combined with a sense that there are few places left to go live and be free McPhee s writing style full of rapid fire uotes summing up various points of view is effective in conveying these contradictions He also captures an important transitional time in the state s history when the Trans Alaskan oil pipeline and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act were new realities Read nearly 40 years after it was published I believe the book reflects an important historical slice of Alaskan cultureDespite the overall high uality of writing I found that some parts dragged I found myself skimming dozens of pages related to a possible shift of Alaska s capital city from Juneau to parts unknown If 45 stars were possible that is what it would receive from me

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Read Coming into the Country Coming into the Country Read & Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook John McPhee Ú 4 Free download This is the story of Alaska and the Alaskans Written with a vividness and clarity w. I was really hoping this would be about geology along the lines of Basin and Range It wasn t It s divided into three sections in the first McPhee wanders around unpopulated Alaska with several other men in several canoeskayaks I think one was from the Sierra Club one from the Bureau of Land Management etc They fished to supplement their food supplies and camped along the rivers and streams The second section was about the attempt to get Alaska s capital moved from Juneau I now know about this issue than I ever wanted to At the end of the section it really sounded like the move was going to come off people voted and wanted the capital moved to Willow This was written in 1977 But a check of the primary authority on such matters Wikipedia shows that Juneau is still the capital so McPhee must have been stoned or something when he wrote that sentenceIn the third section McPhee moved to Eagle a teeny tiny town on the Yukon River and pretty much just interviewed the residents of Eagle and told us their stories Some are interesting some aren t The 2010 census showed the population of Eagle as 86In spite of the need for women to be tough in the wilds of Alaska there are no women s libbers here The women do all the cookin and much much wood choppin skinnin of critters waitin for the menfolk to come a home from their tripsMaybe a few people sound relatively sane but most sound a bit crazy Or a lot crazy There are your Cliven Bundy types up there They don t like the people of the lower 48 dictating the rules in Alaska Alaska is different People of Alaska hear me Alaska is not different It is a state that in many respects is ualitatively different from say Connecticut It is not legally Constitutionally different Because you build a cabin on a plot of land trap and hunt your own critters for food bulldoze yourself a gravel landing strip for your little plane it does not follow that you now own that land Don t get all uppity when the Bureau of Land Management comes to tell you you don t actually own that land You know how I know I own my home Because I wrote a check the bank agreed to supply the rest we had a ceremony with lawyers for both sides where we all signed many sheets of paper and at the end of it one of these sheets of paper was the title and deed to my home Plus I pay real estate taxes on this home If the Bureau of Land Management comes to tell me I don t own my home then we have a problem You Alaska trapper and fisher with no title to your little cabin you don t have a problemMcPhee s writing style wears thin This was 438 pages of it


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    (PDF DOWNLOAD) [Coming into the Country] ↠ John McPhee Things I learned about Alaska Merrill Field a light plane airfield in Anchorage handles fifty four thousand flights per year than Newark International This is so because bushplane trips are common than taxis or driving the roads being what they are Fried cranberries will help a sore throat That somethings are better left unchanged or not re named What would you call that mountain Willie?Denali I'll go along

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    (PDF DOWNLOAD) [Coming into the Country] ↠ John McPhee I've read this twice many years apart Mostly a historic document now but what a historyOne of the rereads was in our camp at Flat an old and formerly very very rich placer camp It was a pretty miserable job cheap jr company but I needed the wo

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    Read Coming into the Country (PDF DOWNLOAD) [Coming into the Country] ↠ John McPhee This book has meant a lot to me as an Alaskan interested in the raggedy interplay between development and conservationism although I had never read it in its entirety Now I have I would say this book at best offers a kind sympathetic view of all sorts of Alaskans circa 1977 a period which I just barely remember from grade school I still recall the statewide debate on whether to give Mount McKinley the newold name of Denali as p

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    (PDF DOWNLOAD) [Coming into the Country] ↠ John McPhee John McPhee Ú 4 Free download “If anyone could figure out how to steal Italy Alaska would be the place to hid it What a vivid way to describe Alaska's immensity 'There has been a host of excellent books on Alaska My favorite until recently was Joe McGinnis's Going to Extremes but John McPhee's Coming Into the Country is wonderful too McPhee's book is

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    (PDF DOWNLOAD) [Coming into the Country] ↠ John McPhee Read & Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ú John McPhee Brilliant three part million facet look at Alaska My favorite part is probably the first The Encircled River which is literally a textbook example of how to write a travel narrative with a grizzly at each end The middle part is sly political commentary but the last and longest part is what McPhee is always doing introducing you to people and arranging that you see the world from their eyes even when they can't do that for each ot

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  • Paperback
  • 448
  • Coming into the Country
  • John McPhee
  • English
  • 11 May 2019
  • 9780374522872