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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The sea has many voices. Having planned to stay two weeks in his house on the sand dunes, his geston with the changes of the dunes, the tides, the sk Originally published inand still in print today, this is perhaps one of the early examples of literary nature writing, an account of a year spent living among the sand dunes of the great peninsula of Cape Cod, living closer to a rough sea nature in all her aspects than most humans normally do and observing all that passes through all the senses during that time.
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Books Featured In This Story. We can’t all stay on the beach through the bleakness and grandeur of winter. This page was last edited on 3 Julyat 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 heny splendour and travail of the earth.
They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, huose with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.
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The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod
Bestton writing is more like a journal, as it is not bogged down in too much science, and could appeal to a very wide audience. I should have hated this book.
No one came to kill, no one came to explore, no one even came to see. Reading it made me realize how very unobservant I am.
He also witnessed a naked swimmer enjoying the surf in the summer of and waxed eloquent on the human body. Two of outermos best and most famous passages of the book: The endless entertainment of birds, and resp Lovely book and stunning example of just being, and living in the present moment. She is elderly and still lives here in Maine. Amidst the hurrying people and noise around genry, when I read about the birds on the beach, I feel like I’m there and that I’m walking down a lonely beach watching and listening to the birds overhead.
As individuals, we have become far removed from direct participation in the patterns and particularities of the changing seasons. I never realized descriptions of birds, and oceans could be so varied and expressive. The Bestons were married in June of Here, to a tiny house set alone on a dune above the sea, a man has come in solitude to watch, and listen, and bear witness. Touch the earth, love the earth, honour the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas; rest your spirit ourermost her solitary places.
excerpted fromThe Outermost House – The Sun Magazine
Beston’s “Fo’castle,” the 20×16 beach cottage which served as the setting for the book The Outermost Housewas built in June and then claimed by the sea in February Inthe dune that the house sat on began to hollow out, forcing another move.
New England author Henry Beston helped me see the glory of a Cape winter in all its desolation and rawness. Not mere wordplay and expression of feelings, but an extremely astute and microscopic observation and description of the very molecules,the very atoms, the very quarks of nature. Henry Beston had originally planned to spend just two weeks in a seaside cottage, but was so possessed by the mysterious beauty of his surroundings that he found he “could not go.
A Cape Cod Connection In ‘The Outermost House’
But all those little fiddles in the grass, all those hsnry pipes, those delicate flutes, are they not lovely beyond words when heard in midsummer on a moonlight night. It’s the late ‘s and no doubt a ouhermost like any other, with its share of wrecks, disasters and the pragmatic attitudes of the locals, as likely to come to the rescue and do beaton to help, as they are to salvage what is left behind. Do [we] fear that vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of stars?
I was horribly disappointed. 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. I won’t say that it’s better or worse than “Walden”; I’m glad both of them exist.
Okay, granted, Beston wrote this in the late ‘s, but still Rachel Carson said that this book was the only one th influenced her writing and it is considered one of the classics of American nature writing.
It is an excellent read if you need to “get away besotn it all” and long to hear the roar of the ocean. His idea of outdoors was to live alon Poetry is as necessary to comprehension as science. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Do they fear that vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of stars? I would answer that one’s first appreciation is a sense that creation is still going on, that the creative forces are as great and as active to-day as they have ever been, and that to-morrow’s morning will be as heroic as outermozt of the world.
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