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by James Galvin

  • Author: James Galvin
  • ISBN: 0792715705
  • ISBN13: 978-0792715702
  • ePub: 1510 kb | FB2: 1812 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Memoirs
  • Publisher: Chivers North Amer; Large Print edition (December 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 263
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Votes: 280
  • Format: lrf lrf txt lit
The Meadow (Curley Large Print Books) ePub download

James Galvin was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1951 and was raised in Northern Colorado.

James Galvin was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1951 and was raised in Northern Colorado. He earned a BA from Antioch College in 1974 and a MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1977. After receiving his MFA, Galvin taught at Murray State University in Kentucky for two years and Humboldt State University in California for three years

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In so doi An American Library Association Notable Book. Galvin describes the seasons, the weather, the wildlife, and the few people who do not possess but are themselves possessed by this terrain.

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Galvin describes the seasons, the weather, the wildlife, and the few people who do not possess but are themselves possessed by this terrain.

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Describes the lives of Lyle, Ray, Clara, and the Western terrain of the meadow where they settled, discussing their triumphs and tragedies
Review, Amazon, James Galvin, The Meadow. June 17, 2018

I just returned from 3 delightful days once again on my sister and brother-in-law's land not much more than a rifle shot from author James Galvin's property and near the primary setting for The Meadow. As other readers have figured out and appreciated, the narrative moves not linearly but topically, hip-hopping through the generations and decades. Using that organizational style, Galvin reminds me of the declaration at the opening of the family history of the Darwin clan in Cambridge: Period Piece, by Gwen Raverat. In the beginning she declares the writing and her chapters to be more like spokes of a wheel, and that the book could be dipped into at any point.

James Galvin has achieved something similar, I find, because as I bump by Jeep or Razer over the dirt roads and sage-lump meadows of the area, I remember with pleasure and insight lots of memorable bits and gobbits from the book. The author may be being kind and a little romantic about the struggles and virtues of his families, but he likewise is kind to the reader not to play the pathos-pulling, tension-building games and emotional tricks of some profit-driven fiction and drama.

In a good way Galvin "shoots the sheriff on (nearly) the first page," for example, with the story of the suicide of Clara with the graphic declaration she blew her brains all over her cabin bedroom. But the rest of the book unpacks Clara's whimsical creativity and her life's impact on the family. Galvin achieves some of his "poetry" and homey feel in non-fiction by deft use of metaphors, opposites, and universally recognizable homey images. How can we not like and remember proverbial-sounding phrases such as "He never quit (working) from last star to first, proving that the price of independence is slavery." Or what about the verbal painting of the coyote who "pops into the air like he's been stung and pounces"? Or consider Lyle "was born in a house made of dirt. Kind of like a grave with a roof on it." Accessible prose with up-close, personal profiling of real people, but with epic scope.

I'm curious about and haven't fully unpacked the segments about the visible but mythically disappearing abandoned cabin into the river that floods and eventually creates Eaton Reservoir. This time of year (early June), that reservoir is at its beautiful fullness like outlined on the topographic maps of the area. Here's a tidbit of follow up others may know but that I was happy to discover on my own too. App Worster, smart about the need for and benefits of water preservation, in his day, hoped to turn part of his land into a reservoir and make enough profit to preserve some of his own land in lean times. He locked horns with and lost ownership of his vision to a politician, Mark Eaton, who outmaneuvered him and got the land cheaply, building and naming the reservoir for himself.

But sometimes history and the truth have a little last chuckle: If you go today to the USGS topo maps online, in the standard sizing, you simply see "Eaton Reservoir" on the lake. If you finger-expand to show more altitude lines and features, toward the top there also appears the name "Worster Reservoir." How fun is that!

From the Meadow area back to our home takes about 3 hours. As I drive the 30+ miles over sometimes very rutty 80C road--what my husband calls my family's cabin having a 30-mile-long dirt driveway--I can't help but recall the Herculean toughness Galvin profiles of an area resident named Louise. "They (some robbers) shot her twice in the face and threw her body in the root cellar. Two days later she crawled out and drove herself to town." Later in life, that same Louise drove through a blizzard from her remote land to help snowbound people in town. When she then forgot to put her Jeep in park, she managed to roll over her own leg, breaking it. Only the next morning did she think to call a doctor for herself. Stories of pioneer survival spirit, like going remote camping or experiencing war, hurricanes, or extreme duress, can uplift and encourage; and that's been my takeaway from this book. I recommend reading it in slow chunks, not in a hurry to master or finish it, but relish it and remember your own favorite parts.
Readers should not blame their inability to follow this story on the writing. Most will absorb it with eager thoughtfulness. Writing is a creative gift. This book is beautifully written, and the quiet lost lives of those living around the meadow are beautifully expressed in word pictures. If you're the type who is addicted to Louis LaMour novels (which are wonderful in their own right), then you will not find this book the same at all. It is a different writer, a different creation, a different time. The lives of the people in this story haunt me, as they are the people who no one notices, living within the violent beauty of the Rockies. The mountains and meadows remain - the lives that are lived in their valleys are swallowed up and unnoticed, forgotten. This prose, these words, are the only pictures of lives lived in silent strength and solitude, where only God looked down and apreciated their hearts. A flower blooms in the cleft of a rock wall under an overhang near a creek, God puts it their for no one to see but for his own pleasure. That wildflower is the life of Lyle, or Ray, or Frank. We are so fortunate to be given a glimpse, a glance, a peek, at the pleasures of the Creator.
A literary, lyrical human history of a meadow on the Colorado / Wyoming border, this semi-biographical story is gorgeous in every respect. One of my favorite books of all time it perfectly captures a sense of place and the personalities of the people who have lived there. Sweet and sad at turns it keeps me locked in from the first page to the last every time I read it.
About a year ago I travelled to Saratoga, Wyoming to fish the North Platte and we did. In the worst drought in recorded history, from well above Encampment to the Miracle Mile and saw a LOT of scenery in between. The country was awesome and breathtaking in it's scope and diversity and the thought of earning a living off the land here was explained in part by my fishing partner whose family ranched nearby. But the daily trials of surviving here could NOT be better explained by anyone other than Mr. Galvin. His sensitivity and insight, not to mention his power for narrative could not possible be exceeded in breathing life into what many would view as a lifeless land. He is and had an incredible talent! A MUST read!
THE MEADOW is quite stunning and a complete original. It's an odd book in the sense that it isn't a novel in the traditional sense but is only partly a novel and partly other things, including natural history descriptions and the evocation of the daily lives of the inhabitants of a place. Mostly it is a love story about the land and a tender but unsentimental embrace of a life of true connection to nature through the eyes of one particular man. Like a poem that resonates long after you read a particularly powerful imagistic passage, Galvin's simple and haunting reflections on the past are truly beautiful. Curl up to it in those lonely nights when you miss a beloved someone or some beloved place and are sipping a favorite cocktail--very very slowly. James Gavin's THE MEADOW is a book to savor.
The book is very calming and easy to read. Amazing an entire book can be written about a topic as simple as this, but it put me at peace when I read it. Brings you to a different time and makes you want live off the grid.
A luminous, deeply felt true story of how hard living in the mountains can be and how very beautiful. The author's usual role of poet shines through in elegant, spare prose; it left in me a longing for open spaces and uncut forests with room for the wild creatures we don't realize we need. I am not a fan of organized religion, but for me, this is a holy book and should be read by many more people. The sense of sanctity one feels in the open wild is caught in this memoir, and like Lyle, I believe "they almost let [James Galvin] in".
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