Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs

Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs Living and Writing in the West gathers together Wallace Stegner s most important and memorable writ

  • Title: Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
  • Author: Wallace Stegner
  • ISBN: 9780140174021
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs Living and Writing in the West gathers together Wallace Stegner s most important and memorable writings on the American West its landscapes, diverse history, and shifting identity its beauty, fragility, and power With subjects ranging from the writer s own migrant chilNominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs Living and Writing in the West gathers together Wallace Stegner s most important and memorable writings on the American West its landscapes, diverse history, and shifting identity its beauty, fragility, and power With subjects ranging from the writer s own migrant childhood to the need to protect what remains of the great western wilderness which Stegner dubs the geography of hope to poignant profiles of western writers such as John Steinbeck and Norman Maclean, this collection is a riveting testament to the power of place At the same time it communicates vividly the sensibility and range of this most gifted of American writers, historians, and environmentalists.

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    1. My father is Australian, my mother is from St. Louis, I grew up in the Philippines, I went to a few years of college in Chicago before running out of money and dropping out, and I currently live in Atlanta among immigrants and refugees. So when I read Wendell Berry's essays on a sense of place, his ideals evoked a real hunger in me to feel placed, but his example would have been absurd for me to try and follow.Stegner, who taught Wendell Berry at Stanford, read all of his work seriously, and cor [...]

    2. What's not to like about Wallace Stegner? He's a brilliant writer, an activist, a great teacher and mentor, and a literary gem of the West. This collection of essays examines our relationship with the natural world, the rise of the environmental movement, commentary on other great writers, and, my personal favorite, a letter to his mother "much too late," written when he was an old man. That an old man can still look back at his life and admire his mother with such tenderness and honesty says he [...]

    3. Wallace Stegner is just such a brilliant writer, and such a thoughtful man. This wide-ranging collection of essays about the west rings true on many levels for those of us who live here. It is the personal essays that I liked the most -- his tribute to his long-dead mother, for example. I'm always surprised when people haven't heard of this incredible guy. He died in 1993. What a loss that was to literature, the west, and the world.

    4. This is Stegner’s final book and is an excellent collection of essays about life, the West, writers and writing. What he says about literature and good writing comes close to expressing what I feel about good writing and reading. He wants writers to write from their own experiences and write in their own way and not be bound by someone else’s concept of method. “What literature is supposed to be…at its best is a bolt of lightning from me to you, a flash of recognition and feeling within [...]

    5. I really loved this thoughtful collection of essays on living and writing in the West. Written in 1990, I wonder what Stegner would think now about the rate at which we exchange information. I particularly loved his essay on Sense of Place: “The deep ecologists warn us not to be anthropocentric, but I know no way to look at the world, settled or wild, except through my own human eyes. I know that is wasn't created especially for my use, and I share the guilt for what members of my species, esp [...]

    6. Yes, the power of place. I've lived in the west all my life, but I fell in love with the west when I read this book. Stegner is I got nothing. Just read this book if you are a westerner or wish to understand one. I had all these feelings about the west, Utah in particular. Stegner helped me articulate them.First Reading July 2005Second Reading April 2013

    7. Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) was a novelist and writer of the West. He's an old dead white guy, true, but his writing is very much alive, and deserves a look--especially if you are a would-be writer.Background: Stegner was born in Iowa, but started the creative writing program at Stanford University in the early 1960's, one of the first such writing workshops in the country. The Stegner Fellowship at Stanford is one of the most sought-after prizes for young writers. If that is a sure legacy for S [...]

    8. If you're a fan of Wallace Stegner or simply love living or visiting the West, this is the book for you. Stegner's beautiful words bring with them a sense of the beauty, the desolation, the destruction, and the fragility of the West. The book is divided into three parts. The first is a personal note from Stegner, not only to the West that he loves but to his mother as well. If you've read his semi-autobiography, The Big Rock Candy Mountain, you'll know what trials she went through with her more [...]

    9. Also suggested by a friend from college. I hadn't ever read anything by Stegner. There are some gaps in even my books. I will read more by him. He writes very well for starters and he writes very well about the Southwest. Where I lived for some time. He captures what the life is like there, the geography and the differences from the East. And how the East was trying to replicate what the East was like in the West. And so forth. Some of his essays are better than others and sometimes I get bogged [...]

    10. Really 4.5 stars. This was my first venture into Stegner and I am so glad I picked it up! It is a collection of essays he wrote regarding growing up, living and writing in the West. When I started it I didn't have the intention of reading it all the way through, but to pick it up and read an essay once in a while. However, once I got started I didn't really want to stop. The first section made me want to go out into the wilderness and go camping, hiking and fishing. The second half made me want [...]

    11. Wallace Stegner is one of my favorite writers, whether writing fiction or nonfiction. I purchased this book to read on a long train trip home from Seattle to Wisconsin, and it turned out to be perfect for that trip through the high plains. This slim volume is a collection of essays covering a variety of subjects, his life, the geology and ecology of the West, analysis of his own writing and of other writers who wrote in or about the West. His writing is always clear, intelligent and straight for [...]

    12. I will pretty much read anything and everything Wallace Stegnar writes. This is a lovely book of essays that made me think about the West, water, and Mormonism in a totally different way. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because his message gets a little old. The West, it's sacred, it doesn't have a lot of water, our current treatment of the land isn't sustainable, we get it. Still, some lovely, lovely essays that should be read in a hammock in the backyard, or on the shores of a river [...]

    13. Sagebrush is an acquired taste.Nothing superlative or enchanting should be easily accessible.I admire and respect Wallace Stegner for his literary genius and for his life as a teacher of writing who has influenced many other great writers, among them one of my all time favorites, Edward Abbey. But more than that, I respect him for his devotion and activism to protect what remains of the wilderness and wild places of the western United States.A very good collection of essays about living and writ [...]

    14. I rate this as a five star not because it's a page-turner, but because if you are from the American West you cannot but help to be moved by Stegner's words. There are little gems in here that deserve to be reread every now and again.

    15. Quintessential Stegner. His migrant childhood gave me insight to my own migrations and why as much as I love the east, it's the west that feels like home

    16. In Stegner's own words to match the landscape:Vibrant wide angle view of the West and its forever enchantment to those of us who live here and those who wish they did!

    17. Favorite quotes from Where the Blue Sings to the Lemonade Springs:And yet there is something to the notion of western independence; there is something about living in big empty space, where people are few and distant, under a great sky that is alternately serene and furious, exposed to the sun from four in the morning till nine at night, and to a wind that never seems to rest -- there is something about exposure to that big country that not only tells an individual how small he is, but steadily [...]

    18. While I could put it down for 6 months without reading a page, I did enjoy the stories in this book that I picked up second hand in a store in an Islamabad mall. While some of the stories about the author's life and experiences and his thoughts on the West are from 'long' ago, I still felt the resonance of what he had to say especially as it comes to water use. Please don't waste it. The last portion of the book is interesting although very different. I felt like I was in a literature class (whi [...]

    19. I don't think I was well suited to this one. It's technically proficient, but I saw little that interested me. The ecology seemed obvious, and he romanticized the West similar to how he accused others of doing. He decried what others were doing without acknowledging that he was just advocating a smaller scale of the same thing. Frankly, it sounded a bit too "get off my lawn" and seemed as if he wanted newcomers to leave him alone in his paradise. The piece on his mom was probably the best, but s [...]

    20. I didn't finish this collection of essays but I read most of this book while on a 9 week roadtrip through the American west in 2017.While we've been traveling I've been reading a collection of essays by Wallace Stegner, an award-winning and distinguished western writer, historian and novelist of the 20th century. I am thoroughly enjoying his non-fiction writing about wilderness, aridity (the defining feature of the American west), and western history.His insight's have given some language and co [...]

    21. Stegner is one of my favorite novelists. This being his first collection of essays I've read, I was pleasantly surprised. Similar to Wendell Berry's "What are People For?" with a western slant. Worth reading for his letter to Berry alone and for his analysis of "A River Runs Through it" and how the aridity of the west and water rights has shaped the people who reside there. Probably not for everyone, but if you like Stegner or Berry or both, check it out.

    22. Stegner's writing rings true because I too am a Westerner and need the open space, smell of sagebrush after a early winter rain, and only the complications I bring on myself rather than the trappings of civilization in a dense populated space.

    23. Stegners essays are timeless. Almost all of his environmental views are still valid today. It would be interesting to study his claims and statements and update them with today's facts and I do mean facts.

    24. Stegner is one of the greats for what he writes, how he writes & who he has taught & mentored along the way. He created a whole new genre on the American West challenging us to think about the West in new & appropriate ways while providing insights into our history.

    25. Stegner is my all time favorite author. His novels are my favorite but I really enjoyed this collection of essays and writings. The 4 stars is simply because I prefer his fictional writing.

    26. This charming book tells the story of WS's life and explains his motivation for landscape narratives in his books and other 20th century authors. I have found other authors to read that I did not know about. But the book is geared more toward research and literary lovers who want to delve into motivation.

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