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by William Least Heat-Moon

The author of Blue Highways intimately describes the mysteries of the universe that he finds in a 774-square-mile tract of land in the Flint Hills of central Kansas. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.
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ISBN: 039563752X
ISBN13: 978-0395637524
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: William Least Heat-Moon
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (P) (October 1992)
Pages: 624 pages
ePUB size: 1779 kb
FB2 size: 1743 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 490
Other Formats: lrf mbr doc lit

Having read his excellent "Blue Highways" (twice, though thirty years apart), I thought I would give "PrairyErth" a chance. About five years ago, I dived into it, but got only a third of the way through before bailing out. I admired his fine writing, but I couldn't grasp his subtleties and the arc of what his project was trying to accomplish. Fast forward to two weeks ago, when my friends and I did a road trip through Kansas, culminating in the Flint Hills and the Tallgrass Prairie of Chase County. The experience in nature was so profound that I just had to give "PrairyErth" a second chance, especially after talking with folks at the Chase County Historical Museum in Cottonwood Falls. Well, NOW I get it! This book is a masterpiece of its own, perhaps even unique, genre. The details, the people past and present, the history, the flora and fauna, the geography and geology -- it is all there, and more. This book reminds me of the Terence Malick movie "The Tree of Life", in that you either love it as an completely new, insightful experience, or you turn your back on its magic in frustrated bewilderment. So must you visit Chase County first to understand this book? Hard to answer...I believe that if you read this book slowly and carefully, you will glean its worth even without making the actual pilgrimage. But try to come for a visit afterwards if possible, because the full marvel of what WLHM was trying to say will reveal itself to you in a fulfilling and remarkable way...
Least Heat-Moon is a true rambler and describes our American landscape with care and nostalgic detail.
If you didn't love the prairie before you read this book, you will love it after.
This book shouldn't have been written by an American. We're used to passing things at 70mph: to stop and notice things wastes time. But there is beauty and life and history everywhere if one is willing to look, and this book does so by taking a very deep look at a very small place. The people who live here should be proud to have such a book written about them...
If you're not from Kansas, or have never stepped through prairie, you might be tempted not to tackle reading the lengthy PrairyErth. That would be too bad. Least Heat-Moon's description of Chase County prairie, it's people and history, and it's importance to America is fine reading. Clearly he has invested in this book years of research and soul. As vital to American fabric as Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, this tough prairie deserves the time it will take to understand it through this book.
I was anticipating the same kind of elevating experience that I had when reading Blue Highways, but it didn't happen. Language was excellent but subject matter seemed to bog down somewhat.
Great Book
My family left Kansas in the 1880s so the history, geography and characters were all of great interest to me. Mr. Heat-Moon is among my favorite narrators and did an excellent job as usual!
This book changed my worldview on what a "history" book should contain. Anything short of this scope is inadequate to begin to look at an area. I loved the epicness of this telling. I really felt like Heat-Moon was a voice for the silent grasses. I was sad when I came to the end of the book and plan to begin it again soon.