Sunday, March 1, 2009

COMMENT: CARSON WORKS

If you are reading any of Rachel Carson's books, comment here. Note which of her works you are commenting on.

4 comments:

  1. I started out reading The Sea Around Us, but found I kept falling asleep. The first chapters describe monumental events that formed the sea. The subject matter is so far from anything I feel connected to. The author's voice seems distant to me too. So switched to Under the Sea-Wind. Much better! The first chapter is immediately engaging to all the senses. There is no "I" of the author, but it reads as if she personally witnessed the scene, and I find myself in the moment as she describes it. The subject matter is human scaled. I realize that the nature writing I most crave is that where the author's personal experience and responses are as important as facts and data, if not more so!

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  2. JOY SAID:
    I was having some trouble identifying with the Always, Rachel book and switched to the Edge of the Sea. If you use Google Images and put in the names of the animals and plants she is describing you can actally see photos of what they look like. I bet she could never have imagined such a thing would be possible!

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  3. Great idea Joy! Using Google images recently, I was able to identify a big feather I found in the woods. My grandson was excited to know it was from a red-tailed hawk!

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  4. I am reading Lost Woods which is a collection of her works from age 15 up to her death. I liked the variety of letters, speeches, excerpts, etc. At the end when I read the last letter I cried. She was so young! I highly recommend this book to help get a good overview.

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