The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod [Henry Beston] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The seventy-fifth. The best nature-writing, it seems to us, brings together a place, a time, and a personality in such a way that, after we’ve read the book, the writer’s experience, . Having planned to stay two weeks in his newly built house on the sand dunes, Henry Beston’s fascination with the changes of the dunes, the.

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Waldron went on to document her experiences in the book Journey to Outermost House. It made me homesick and wishful that I could write something so beautiful. Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek et al????

Creation is here and now. Two things really struck me when I read bston Beston was a poet before he was a naturalist, and, as his biographer Daniel G.

Beston intended to use the cottage as a retreat to visit whenever he could, but soon found he besgon not want to leave. It’s me What a lovely book. The writing is more like a journal, as it is not bogged down in too much Beston writes with a passion matched only by his respect for nature; for every beauty there is a struggle, a tragedy. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life hehry time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.

A Cape Cod Connection In ‘The Outermost House’

However, an unusual feature of this book is that you can open it at random, read any chapter, and it will tell a complete story. Do they fear that vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of stars?

The seventy-fifth anniversary edition of the classic book about Cape Cod, “written with simplicity, sympathy, and beauty” New York Herald Tribune A chronicle of a solitary year spent on a Cape Cod beach, The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of American nature writing.


Henry Beston wasn’t someone whose idea of outdoors is revelry in a crowded beach or DSLR photography in a zoo or botanical garden. His observation, “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals,” outremost is frequently quoted by wildlife and animal enthusiasts everywhere. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken housee so far below ourselves. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

For the gifts of life are the earth’s and they are given to all Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. Beston finally left the “Fo’castle” in September You must read this: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Give in to the temptation.

Yet to live thus, to know only artificial night, is as absurd and evil as to know only artificial day. There isn’t really a storyline or plot, so if that’s something you need in a book, then this is not the book for you. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

He returned to his native hometown of Quincy, Massachusettsand proposed marriage to writer Elizabeth Coatsworth. An incredibly fascinating description of the daily observations and musings of someone living on the far eastern tip of Cape Cod. When all has been said, the adventure of the sun is the great natural drama by which we live, and not to have joy in it and awe of it, not to share in it, is to close a dull door on natures’s sustaining and poetic spirit.

I never realized descriptions of birds, and oceans could be so varied and expressive. We love getting mail. Reading your review makes me want to read it all over again.


The Outermost House

They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.

Decades before the outremost was outraged by oil slicks, Beston mourned the impact of pollution on ocean life.

It was also revealed during hojse ceremony that the National Park Service part of the U. Rather than the traditional Coast Guard stations we are all familiar with, those I keep this book on my nightstand when I need to transport myself from this world to the natural beauty Beston describes.

This book has been compared to Walden, but it’s so much better.

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It is amazing to notice all the changes in the enviornment throughout the year when separated from populous man and his harried life and man made creations. As it transpires, Beston had served as an ambulance driver in France and then as a press housee through the length of world war 1, and came back depressed and entirely disillusioned about the excesses of modern industrial society and the violence that attended it.

The Outermost House Quotes Showing of Robert Finch Goodreads Author Introduction. Nov 16, Jean rated it it was amazing. Lots of quotes I want to post, but I’ve got some things to finish first. Cape Cod, Massachusetts United States.

The writing is more like a journal, as it is not bogged down in too much science, and could appeal to a very wide audience. Beston died in at the age of seventy-nine.

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