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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To be “tough” on a ranch has nothing to do with conquests and displays of power. May 04, Rebecca rated it sooace was amazing Recommends it for: She was also grieving over the death of her beloved partner. I tried to hum the Brokeback Ehrlixh theme to myself while I read to make this book more interesting. Beautiful essays told from the unique perspective of an outsider who evolves into her surroundings to become less of one – all the while creating this collection of stunningly crafted observations and anecdotes.

The Solace of Open Spaces Summary & Study Guide

The remembering may be tinged with an edge of melancholy, but that may just be the spice that makes the dish so ultimately palatable. There is no vocabulary for the subject of feelings. Written in fits and starts as she puts it, the book started out as a series of journal entries and letters, and eventually ended up as a collection of 12 essays about her impressions and experiences living in the West, the people she met and worked with along the way including Native American Sun Dancers, ranchers, sheepherders, cowboys, hermits, drunkards and madmen, as well as the animals she helped herd and care for, the brutal storms she barely survived, and the breathtaking beauty of the open range.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. When we begin to feel cabin-feverish, the brain pistons thump against bone and mind irrupts — literally invading itself — unable to get fresh air.

But no matter how hard I tried to get through the whole thing it was torturous. One Family and the Fracturing of America. Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are I’d give a slight preference to Ehrlich, probably because a woman’s viewpoint is more familiar to me, saces both are well worth reading.

The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich

She decided not to leave. This book was so incredibly depressing. Rgetel essays describe the wonder and the beauty that she discovered during her time there and she ended up purchasing an old, ramshackle ranch, that she fell in love with. There is surely and definitively a solace in open spaces, and one we would do well to heed before all of dolace open spaces are gone. This is a beautifully crafted collection of essays about Wyoming and the people who live there.

The paradox is exquisite. Though I definitely won’t argue with the handful of reviews that mentioned this collection of essays is more about cowboys than open spaces, because parts of it definitely felt like that to me, too. It renders Wyoming’s landscape in a way that had me longing for it, instilling in me a need for what had not registered before.

Ranchers are courteous and kind, hardworking, tough and yet gentle. A Match to ipen Heart: Days unfold, bathed in their own music. The climate is not benign, and the land has a scale that can make you and ehhrlich problems seem very small indeed.

I ended up throwing it across the room. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. And I think that the title is one of the best ever!


She became entranced by this wild and unruly place and decided to stay. This study guide contains the following sections: It’s not that she should not have l This is a decent book of essays about living in Wyoming and working with animals and cowboys.

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If you are a seller for opne product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The highlight of the book, for me, is “The Rules of the Game”, an appreciative essay on Rodeo.

Despite David’s worsening condition, Ehrlich went ahead with the film project. But reading page after page after page about how quietness and the vast mountains and the shy people and the outnumbering animals speaks to your soul and your roots and the core of your existence made me daydream about anywhere but Wyoming.

The Solace of Open Spaces Summary & Study Guide

The book was written over a period of five years, from It was a landscape of gently rolling hills and a mild climate where you could go around in shirtsleeves pretty much all the time. A series of essays about author Gretel Ehrlich’s life of cowboying and sheepherding in the wide open expanses of northern Wyoming near the Bighorn Mountains.

Ehrlich visited Wyoming on assignment and, while there, her partner died.

She even survives a lightning strike. Descriptive words are dropped, even verbs That type of isolation causes a lot of strange behavior, from the violent to the apparently crazy.

Write a customer review. The two books were published within a few years of each other House of Sky in and Solace inand the authors are near the same age.

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