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Bird Cloud: A Memoir - Annie Proulx
Bird Cloud: A Memoir
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“Bird Cloud” is the name Annie Proulx gave to 640 acres of Wyoming wetlands and prairie and four-hundred-foot cliffs plunging down to the North Platte River. On the day she first visited, a cloud in the shape of a bird hung in the evening sky. Proulx also saw pelicans, bald eagles, golden eagles,... show more
“Bird Cloud” is the name Annie Proulx gave to 640 acres of Wyoming wetlands and prairie and four-hundred-foot cliffs plunging down to the North Platte River. On the day she first visited, a cloud in the shape of a bird hung in the evening sky. Proulx also saw pelicans, bald eagles, golden eagles, great blue herons, ravens, scores of bluebirds, harriers, kestrels, elk, deer and a dozen antelope. She fell in love with the land, then owned by the Nature Conservancy, and she knew what she wanted to build on it—a house in harmony with her work, her appetites and her character, a library surrounded by bedrooms and a kitchen. Proulx’s first work of nonfiction in more than twenty years, Bird Cloud is the story of designing and constructing that house—with its solar panels, Japanese soak tub, concrete floor and elk horn handles on kitchen cabinets. It is also an enthralling natural history and archaeology of the region—inhabited for millennia by Ute, Arapaho and Shoshone Indians— and a family history, going back to nineteenth-century Mississippi riverboat captains and Canadian settlers. Proulx, a writer with extraordinary powers of observation and compassion, here turns her lens on herself. We understand how she came to be living in a house surrounded by wilderness, with shelves for thousands of books and long worktables on which to heap manuscripts, research materials and maps, and how she came to be one of the great American writers of her time. Bird Cloud is magnificent.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780743288804 (0743288807)
ASIN: 0743288807
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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TCWriter
TCWriter rated it
3.0 Bird Cloud: A Memoir
This is essentially a diary of the purchase and construction of Annie Proulx's new home in a remote stretch of Wyoming. Fans of her fiction will recognize the tight, deeply researched and descriptive prose, but I came away wishing I'd invested the time in the only Proulx work of fiction I haven't ye...
carey
carey rated it
Oh dear, had she run out of ideas about what to write? Pure sentimental, boring claptrap.
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
1.0
book of the week R4 - I know, I know; said that I was going to give celebrity memoirs and biographies a miss this year but this one looks interesting. Building a house in the wild always gets my attention although this one will probably not be a trunk cabin with a turf roof to keep the goats on.http...
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