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Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place - Community Reviews back

by Terry Tempest Williams
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Myrto
Myrto rated it 6 years ago
I wanted to like this book, but in the end, I thought that it was basically Annie Dillard-style writing, but not nearly as polished and seamless as Dillard's work.This book tries to weave birdwatching into the process of the author's mother's death from (I believe) cancer. So it had the potential to...
LeahSL
LeahSL rated it 7 years ago
Now the Great Salt Lake is Woman. Capitalization and all. Also, we had a paragraph about birds' eye colors and then we started a new chapter and I felt like An Ogre of Purple Prose was beating me over the Head with the Club of Profound Messages.I have great sympathy for her and her mother, but not...
cjford
cjford rated it 8 years ago
Terry Tempest Williams' words allow the reader to enter the world of the Great Salt Lake and envision all of it splendid winged creatures. Although I have never visited the Great Salt Lake, I have constructed it in my head while reading this book. It must be an awe-inspiring place. Mrs. Williams'...
debnance
debnance rated it 10 years ago
I had Williams recommended to me by fellow bloggers when I posted about wanting to read a Utah voice while on my trip. My first stop in Salt Lake City was The King’s English Bookstore. I asked for recommendations at the bookstore and I was led to this author and this book. It was a good choice for t...
narfna
narfna rated it 10 years ago
The power of Terry Tempest Williams's story -- the story of a family and landscape wracked by destructive forces -- is somewhat marred by melodramatic, overly serious writing and unreal dialogue (I constantly found myself asking "Who talks like this?"). I wish that I hadn't reread this book, because...
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