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30 review for Steep Trails California, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, the Grand Canyon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dougie

    A collection of excerpts, articles and letters, this book isn't as good as the more effective works focused on a single trip or period. Nevertheless, Muir's writing remains eminently readable and the passion with which he regards his beloved wild spaces shines through even the driest of scientific analysis of the various plant species. Muir was known to his contemporaries for his work as an activist, promoting the preservation of the wild areas of his beloved America and many of these articles we A collection of excerpts, articles and letters, this book isn't as good as the more effective works focused on a single trip or period. Nevertheless, Muir's writing remains eminently readable and the passion with which he regards his beloved wild spaces shines through even the driest of scientific analysis of the various plant species. Muir was known to his contemporaries for his work as an activist, promoting the preservation of the wild areas of his beloved America and many of these articles were written with that goal in mind. Reading through them it is no wonder he was able to achieve as much as he did, with the establishing of national parks and encouraging organisations like the Sierra Club. It is hard to imagine anyone reading this at the time and not being moved to at least consider that this man had it right.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard Seltzer

    I read this getting ready for a trip to the Southwest.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Honestly, I know I should have enjoyed this book way more. And there were definitely parts that stood out to me and that I liked. Considering that all the other reviews so far have been positive, I almost feel like I missed something. But I got so tired of reading these essays that towards the end I was almost skimming the pages. My suspicion is twofold. One, I was anticipating that, since this is a collection of essays written by an notable nature lover who was active in the late 1800s, his wri Honestly, I know I should have enjoyed this book way more. And there were definitely parts that stood out to me and that I liked. Considering that all the other reviews so far have been positive, I almost feel like I missed something. But I got so tired of reading these essays that towards the end I was almost skimming the pages. My suspicion is twofold. One, I was anticipating that, since this is a collection of essays written by an notable nature lover who was active in the late 1800s, his writing would be slightly less technical and slightly more poetic and, dare I say, even romantic. But Muir's narrative voice is very matter-of-fact, and although his love for nature and his respect for all flora and fauna are very clear throughout these essays, there's little overt emotional expression of his personal experience with the incredible places he explores. And maybe that's something I need as a reader to fully engage with nonfiction writing. Two, the editor did not do this collection justice. I would have loved to get more context around what was happening in Muir's life at the time of each essay, for example, or maybe even more historical insights into the places he was visiting. A brief introduction to each essay, perhaps, would have guided and structured the reading experience more effectively.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    A wonderful collection of letters about Nevada, Utah, Washington, Oregon, the Grand Canyon, among other special places.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John

    This is a collection of miscellanea and some of it is robustly scientific surveys and some is narrative adventure, and some is a lively mix of both. Muir is an amazing polymath who can make prodigious lists of the flora, fauna and geology of wherever he is, but he also injects a sensuous quality to whatever he writing that really puts you in a snowstorm atop Mount Shasta or the frontier town of Salt Lake City. He can write about the waterways of Washington in a way that is almost erotic. The lon This is a collection of miscellanea and some of it is robustly scientific surveys and some is narrative adventure, and some is a lively mix of both. Muir is an amazing polymath who can make prodigious lists of the flora, fauna and geology of wherever he is, but he also injects a sensuous quality to whatever he writing that really puts you in a snowstorm atop Mount Shasta or the frontier town of Salt Lake City. He can write about the waterways of Washington in a way that is almost erotic. The longest piece here on the Grand Canyon flies by as quick a read as a jaunt up Rainier. If you have traveled the West or would like to, you will find this a rare treat of escapism.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Cusick-Bristol

    Muir writes a poetic guide book to the West: California, Nevada, the Grand Canyon, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. He paints a picture of each region in stunning detail that gives you a picture of what these places looked like to him, exploring flora, fauna, geology, and history. His comments about he Mormons are just hilarious! Especially if you know them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    This book got me into Muir. I've read every book he has written since. This is a book of short stories or recounts of some of Muir's travels. You can see the places he visited through his eyes as they were back then. An enjoyable read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Royce Aldridge

    Muir paints a vivid landscape with his descriptions. I am drawn to his wonderful musings such as, "Going to the mountains is going home."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dani

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  11. 4 out of 5

    John Watson

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  13. 5 out of 5

    owen

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nils

  15. 5 out of 5

    Moradiss

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris Comte

  17. 5 out of 5

    LindaH

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tim Manzer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Ferris

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Boyce

  21. 5 out of 5

    Delbert Sutton

  22. 5 out of 5

    RJ

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  24. 4 out of 5

    David Boyd

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chrisgarrod

  27. 4 out of 5

    Martina

  28. 4 out of 5

    J.e.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

  30. 5 out of 5

    James Giampietro

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