Like many before her, poet Gretel Ehrlich discovered the therapeutic qualities of the West. In , a time of personal crisis, she moved from the East to a small. Table Of Contents. The Solace Of Open SpacesPreface. The Solace of Open Spaces. Obituary. Other Lives. About Men. From a Sheepherder’s. Like few writers I’ve ever read, Gretel captured something about Wyoming that I’ ve always struggled to put into words. She suggests that the.

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Return to Book Page. In the late s, Ehrlich travels to Wyoming on a documentary assignment. But heck, I gave it a shot.

I paid very staunch attention to the first essay, but was entire dishearted by the seemingly utter uselessness and pointlessness of it and admit to skimming the rest looking for -any- action.

It’s uncomfortable to read sentences about how this rancher or that rancher has lived and worked this land for generations, without any reference to the Native tribes that first occupied the land. The worst writing in the book occurred in the “Rules of the Game” essay when she likened the women who do barrel racing to Wayne Gretzky misspelling Gretzky’s name to boot. I actually have another book from the author on my “around the world” shelves at home – This Cold Heaven: First of all, though this was published first, there’s another very popular sto Considering the overall good rating of this book, I feel partially bad about disliking this set of essays, partially like I might have missed something and have to read it again but God, noand partially like maybe my differing opinion is necessary.

If you like Wyoming weather and bedraggled characters, read on! The landscape is engorged with detail, every movement on it chillingly sharp. When Gretel Ehrlich’s partner died, she left her furiously paced New York life and moved to Wyoming to become a sheepherder.


She gets married, buys a ranch, tells us about the National Finals Rodeo, then held in Oklahoma City. My mother is the exact opposite and would be most at home at a ranch like the one Ehrlich worked on, and Solace has helped me see why.

So you want to know about these valleys and that river and this weather? To ask other readers questions about The Solace of Open Spacesplease sign up. Fans of Terry Tempest Williams will love this excellent collection. The Rediscovery of North America. Jun 11, Jim Ament rated it it was amazing Shelves: Days unfold, bathed in their own music. She tries to make her voice ehhrlich open space, and if by that she means nothing, then she succeeded. I understand that she first wrote these as journal entries, then as letters, and eventually revised them into a publishable form.

Still, the descriptions of the places and people were WELL worth the price of admission to this narrative. Her writing is lyrical and almost what I would call “prose poetry” at times.

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Both faced the death of a loved one, and discovered the healing power of the land and the rhythms of seasonal labor. The American West is a great place for inspiration. Heck, that bit doesn’t even have to be true, it just has to be felt because that means the book did it’s job. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Write a customer review. Here is a quote, selected randomly: Elegiacal essays about hard scrabble Wyoming, sheep herding and living in isolation.

So she was on my vague periphery, but I was very happy to have had a chance to read this book, even if it isn’t new. Jun 11, Sorayya Khan rated it it was amazing.


Be the first to ask a question about The Solace of Open Spaces. Here is a cool description of nature. Unlike Doig, she’s comfortable writing about eroticism. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Its a rare expierence to live in the actual brutal, lonely, majestic country. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. She had travelled there on assignment for her work, and stayed there after losing her loved one to cancer. Instead of talking, we seem to opwn one eye.

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First of all, though this was published first, there’s another very popular story about ranch hands herding sheep through the Wyoming plains. She was also grieving over the death of her beloved partner. She became entranced by this wild and unruly place and decided to stay. After describing the bitter below cold: When I requested gretrl title in NetGalley, I did not realize it was an older book of essays coming up for a reprinting.

The demanding and difficult weather and terrain make a unique type of society where people are often isolated for many months of the year. I tried so hard. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying The Solace of Open Spaces.

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Both have inhabited the rural worlds of ranching and sheepherding, and deeply understand the landscape, the weather, the people. I couldn’t put it down, solacd finally did after 3 hours of straight reading.

I tried to hum the Brokeback Mountain theme to myself while I read to make this book more interesting. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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