Kijk op Boeken Auteur: William Least Heat Moon
PairyErth is a vigorous and exalted evocation of the American land, its peo-ple, its past, its hopes. The very word "prairyerth," an old geologic term for the soils of our central grasslands, cap-tures the essence of the American tall-grass country. Only a writer of William Least Heat-Moon's gifts could find in a single Kansas county the narrative of an epic, the nonfiction equivalent of the great American novel.
Robert Penn Warren pronounced Heat-Moon's Blue Highways "a master-piece . . . a magnificent and unique tour. " That best-selling book described a 13,000-mile, 38-state journey into Amer-ica. Now Heat-Moon has pulled to the side of the road and set off on foot. Instead of traveling endless miles, he takes us on an exploration of time and space, landscape and history, in one fragment of the tall prairie.
Most American readers know three things about Kansas: it is flat, it has something to do with The Wizard of Oz, and the events of In Cold Blood took place there. Three illusions: the first is a lie, the second a fairy tale, the third a nightmare. Chase County is a sparsely populated tract in the Flint Hills of cen-tral Kansas, "the last remaining grand expanse of tallgrass prairie in America," and PrairyErth lovingly details its 774 square miles and 3,000 souls till it looms as large as the universe while remaining as intimate as a village. continued on back flap A Featured Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club
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