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Coming into the Country | [John McPhee]

Coming into the Country

Those who have traveled into America’s only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same. Only in Alaska can we come close to understanding what our forefathers must have felt upon their arrival in the New World. McPhee brings to this narrative the qualities that have distinguished him in the field of travel literature—tolerance, brisk, and entertaining prose, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.
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Those who have traveled into America’s only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same. Only in Alaska can we come close to understanding what our forefathers must have felt upon their arrival in the New World. McPhee brings to this narrative the qualities that have distinguished him in the field of travel literature—tolerance, brisk, and entertaining prose, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.

©1977 John McPhee (P)1990 Recorded Books, LLC

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    James Columbus, OH, United States 10-30-11
    James Columbus, OH, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Welcome to Alaska"

    In my opinion, and that of several Alaskans I have spoken with, this is the best book on contemporary Alaska. I have read it twice, and listened to it two more times. It is one of my favorite John McPhee titles. McPhee is arguably one of the most readable essayists in contemporary literature. Each of his books is a treasure, Coming into the Country being one of his finest works.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eugene Birmingham, AL, United States 08-20-12
    Eugene Birmingham, AL, United States 08-20-12
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    "Classic Alaska Non-Fiction Remains Timely"
    Would you listen to Coming into the Country again? Why?

    I generally only read or listen to a book once, but I might refer back to some of this one's prose.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Gelvin family. Practical, competent, decent.


    What does Nelson Runger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's an accomplished pro. His reading does not get in the way of the prose.


    Any additional comments?

    Publish everything of McPhee's that you can.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Simi Valley, CA, United States 03-10-13
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    "A somewhat disjointed glimpse of Alaska"

    I found it somewhat challenging to stay engaged in this book. Seemed to ramble from one point to another without a storyline to effectively tie everything together. Parts of the narrative seemed to be whiny. Made it all the way through - continuing to work through Alaska based books before my trip up north. The first couple of books I went through (Williwaw and Into the Wild) were great. The last two, not so much.

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