The Wilderness World of John Muir

John Muir Edwin Way Teale

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The Wilderness World of John Muir John Muir s extraordinary vision of America comes to life in these fascinating selections from his personal journals As a conservationist John Muir traveled through most of the American wilderness al

  • Title: The Wilderness World of John Muir
  • Author: John Muir Edwin Way Teale
  • ISBN: 9780618127511
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Muir s extraordinary vision of America comes to life in these fascinating selections from his personal journals As a conservationist, John Muir traveled through most of the American wilderness alone and on foot, without a gun or a sleeping bag In 1903, while on a three day camping trip with President Theodore Roosevelt, he convinced the president of the importance oJohn Muir s extraordinary vision of America comes to life in these fascinating selections from his personal journals As a conservationist, John Muir traveled through most of the American wilderness alone and on foot, without a gun or a sleeping bag In 1903, while on a three day camping trip with President Theodore Roosevelt, he convinced the president of the importance of a national conservation program, and he is widely recognized for saving the Grand Canyon and Arizona s Petrified Forest Muir s writing, based on journals he kept throughout his life, gives our generation a picture of an America still wild and unsettled only one hundred years ago In The Wildernesss World of John Muir Edwin Way Teale has selected the best of Muir s writing from all of his major works including My First Summer in the Sierra and Travels in Alaska to provide a singular collection that provides to be magnificent, thrilling, exciting, breathtaking, and awe inspiring Kirkus Reviews.

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    1. David on said:

      One of my favorite quotes is from John Muir. "The mountains are calling and I must go."This is on a sticker that is on my hiking water bottle and it is the clarion call that rallies us for our annual vacation in Colorado. And though I love the quote, I had never read anything by Muir. This book was my introduction, it did not disappoint.A few thoughts on Muir. First, he was a very good story teller and a great thinker. My favorite story from this collection was "Stickeen," the tale of Muir, a li [...]

    2. Steve Bradshaw on said:

      One of my favourite books of all time. Muir is a tour de force. His casual easy-going writing style and his zest for life and all things natural are captivating in and of themselves but the true value of this book is the close-up view it provides of Muir's humble beginnings and unlikely rise to prominence. He faced considerably more obstacles than most of us, being pulled out of school early to work on the family farm for an ungrateful father and heading out into the world with virtually no mone [...]

    3. Colette on said:

      "I have a low opinion of books; they are but piles of stones set up to show coming travelers where other minds have been, or at best signal smokes to call attention. . . No amount of word-making will ever make a single soul to know these mountains. As well seek to warm the naked and frostbitten by lectures on caloric and pictures of flame. One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers' plates. No earthly chemicals are [...]

    4. Alan on said:

      For Muir's early life, see my review of Thousand Mile Walk, say his Scottish father refusing to pay for Muir's university training, so he drops out and walks to the Gulf, sleeping outside, especially in cemeteries. A bit of that first book's in this collection. Muir liked reading Emerson, whom I often aloudread in my birdbook talks (particularly his verses, "The Titmouse," about a Chickadee's bravery in a winter storm, saying like Caesar, "Ve-ni vi-di vi-c(h)i." Years later in the Sierra Nevada, [...]

    5. Rebecca on said:

      I love John Muir for his brilliant mind, his deep respect and awe of God's creations, and his beautiful words. What a truly special and talented and spiritual man. I would have loved to hang out with him in Yosemite back in the day. I loved this book, loved getting to know him. I'm a superfan and will stand in line to meet him in heaven. PS I don't necessarily recommend this book. You have to want to read this. The descriptions are lengthy and if you aren't swept up in it, you would probably wan [...]

    6. Shiloh on said:

      Sometimes his book read like a 3 when he was describing bird or tree species, and other times it read like a 5 when when describing his growing up, his inventions, the first time he saw Yosemite valley, or some of his other adventures. Regardless he was an extraordinary man who led an extraordinary life and seemed to connect with the wild like no other.

    7. Julie on said:

      I didn't know much about John Muir before I read this, just that he had something to do with the Sierra Club, and so must've been an outdoorsman. What an fascinating guy! As a young man, he was an inventor. Among other things, he made an alarm clock that tilted his bed and dumped him on the floor! He walked from Wisconsin to Florida, he regularly camped with almost no supplies--certainly not the things we think of as necessary for survival today. He was an amazing observer of wildlife--Jane Good [...]

    8. Kevin McCarthy on said:

      Muir's almost shocking commitment to the wilderness is incredible to read. Nowadays, we would probably call someone like him crazy; but in reading his thoughts and observations from years in the woods, it's hard not to wonder if we're the crazy ones for living so much of our lives in ignorance of nature. If nothing else, reading John Muir will tempt you with the call to get out into the wild: "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows int [...]

    9. Dina on said:

      John Muir's writing is exquisite. His descriptions of Nature and natural phenomena are so passionate that you can't help but take more notice of the world around you and go out to enjoy what Nature has to offer.

    10. Kate on said:

      No book and no man has so enriched my already deep love of nature like Muir. He makes me crave to learn more, and appreciate more, the beauty in our world.

    11. Cheryl on said:

      John Muir hated the time he had to spend locked inside to laboriously write. He hated it. Apparently he struggled sentence by sentence. Giving this book a bad rating feels like the worst blasphemy known to man, because he is a hero in the capital-letters- BOLDest-font-available definition of HERO. After being forced to stay inside writing once in Oakland for 10 months, he almost died by falling off a cliff, and then punished himself by sleeping not on the fragrant forest floor with pine needles [...]

    12. Jeremy on said:

      I really liked the short story format of this book. I was really struck by all of the high risk adventures that JM did in his days. There were also a handful of questionable decisions he made with others lives at risk that was concerning. His observations and ability to describe nature took me outdoors every-time I cracked open this book.

    13. Kyadavis on said:

      I really enjoyed reading this book. All the Adventures that he went through was exciting to read about. I wonder if he ever had the thoughts of giving up on any of them. Or if he ever got scared that he was going to die. I really like this book.

    14. Bruce Deming on said:

      Perhaps the most interesting Biography I ever read. John Muir was fascinating.

    15. K8 on said:

      Paused reading this book for a while, but finished yesterday! I would love to have a cup of tea with Mr. Muir

    16. Abigail on said:

      Looooved this book. It makes me want to hike all the trails and walk about in storms.

    17. Kim on said:

      These are the writings that inspired Theodore Roosevelt to start the national park system. An important collection that will have you looking at nature - and man's mishandling of it - in a new way.

    18. Scott Reighard on said:

      So far, I am really enjoying this insight and look into a fascinating character. John Muir was/is an inspirational man. The stories of his childhood are nothing short of amazing or at the very least, most interesting. Something I found very interesting was how much of an inventor Muir was. I don't want to give anything away, but his clock creation is not only amazing, but there are humorous anecdotes attached to his story. Also, it doesn't seem to matter the age/time parents are always making th [...]

    19. Conrad on said:

      My grandfather was fond of saying that wherever you go in the world you will always find a Scotsman there. Well, apart from the fact that I am present wherever I go, there is a good deal of truth to his saying. For some reason we are a wandering tribe of people. While I knew of John Muir, I didn't 'meet' him until a recent visit to Yosemite. His influence on the park casts as long a shadow as any of the great rock formations that tower above the beautiful valley.Ironically, he is quoted in this [...]

    20. Sue Silverman on said:

      John Muir is a maniac and I could not put the book down during a few of his stories of derring-do, especially the final one exploring the glaciers of Alaska with his little dog by his side. But otherwise I wouldn't exactly call this a page turner and it did take me a while to get through it. Most of it comprises of detailed descriptions of squirrels and trees and such. But it is hard to resist his enthusiasm and appreciation for nature and I even enjoyed these chapters, if only because it made m [...]

    21. Stasia on said:

      I don't know if I can ever get enough of John Muir. Though I was a little suspicious of a collection of his work (why not just read the original Muir instead of some random person's perception of what parts of it are good?), Edwin Way Teale did an excellent job of picking lovely pieces and introducing them in a way that made me want to learn more and more and more. The (short) biographical information he includes at the beginning of each chapter is awesome. And seriously. How can I not fall in l [...]

    22. Foster on said:

      This anthology of Muir's writings is a great choice for a first look at his works. The editor selected a fantastic group of passages, and then arranged them according to a timeline of Muir's life. The result is that you get a great read, and also learn a lot about Muir's life and development as a person, naturalist, and writer.I bought the book to read as I was prepping for a trip to Yosemite, and also read it while I was there. This worked out great, as I was able to read about locations that I [...]

    23. John Brown on said:

      muir's writing can sometimes be a little cheesy. he sometimes sounds like he is trying to sound like emerson too much. the impressive thing about muir is how he felt and what he did. emerson, thoreau, london, kerouac, or any of those boys look like candy-asses in comparison. we are all candy-asses in comparison. i read this book while hiking his namesake trail, except i had a sleeping bag and bit more variation of diet than bread crumbs and tea. he was supposedly a much more gifted orator than w [...]

    24. Luke on said:

      This is a great book about a quirky, brilliant, and genuine lover of the natural world. I love this book because it is full of wide-eyed wonder of Creation, as well as insights into the workings of that Creation. This book helped me to realize the beauty of everything around me and to be positive and honest about what being in nature does to my soul. Muir has no apologies for his complete lack of concern for money or the need to 'get ahead', and instead champions a simple life of joy and awe, as [...]

    25. Rae on said:

      This book is organized cleverly and in easy to read segments, allowing you to read about Yosemite Valley or his many other natural exploits. The level of detail of his natural surroundings that Mr.Muir could capture is breath taking! Not a bird song or wing missed his eyes and ears! A man who could wander off into the wild when it was truly still "wild" with just some tea and bread and sleep under a pine, climb mountains without twine and come back even stronger than before. (This founder of the [...]

    26. heather on said:

      This is a good introduction to Muir's writing as it is a collection of segments of his different texts organized well in segments ranging from his youth in Scotland to his different expeditions through the Sierras, Alaska, etc. Muir's careful study and observations regarding types of trees, animals, the winds, etc. suggest not only his love for the natural world but also his curiosity and his understanding of its power. I am curious now to select one of his complete works to follow his journey o [...]

    27. Melissa on said:

      After reading a few of John Muir’s book and enjoying them so much, I am going to say he is my favorite author. This book in particular was such a great read and being that it consists of essays, you can read it at leisure or, as I did, in addition to reading other books. I also recommend reading his book “My Boyhood and Youth” for a more in-depth look into this fascinating, influential naturalist. "The mountains are calling and I must go ~ JM."

    28. Amanda on said:

      John Muir was made for the outdoors. His love of trees, birds, rocks, squirrels, and all things nature was infectious, and the passion shone through in his writing. I can see why “Stickeen” was his most popular story – that passage was nail-biting! His crazy and hardcore stories were entertaining, even if they did make me feel fairly wussy. I also really enjoyed reading about all of his creative inventions.

    29. Skylar Primm on said:

      "Come to the woods, for here is rest." (p. 314)Prior to this anthology, I'd only ever read John Muir's Stickeen. Having finished the book, I feel I have a better understanding and appreciation of the famous son of Marquette County, and his timeless explorations of the wilderness. So, so lovely.

    30. Brooke on said:

      I find it amazing to think John Muir actually existed. My fascination with his existence drove my interest in the first half of the book, but I started to tire of his writing by the last half. Still, I'm glad I read this. Fascinating man. And both terribly sad and terribly wonderful to think of the world as it was in his day - full of wild, natural, untouched beauty.

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