I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

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a€œThe events of a single episode of Howard Normana€™s superb memoir are both on the edge of chaos and gathered superbly into coherent meaning . . . A wise, riskily written, beautiful book.a€ a€” Michael Ondaatje Howard Normana€™s spellbinding memoir begins with a portrait, both harrowing and hilarious, of a Midwest boyhood summer working in a bookmobile, in the shadow of a grifter father and under the erotic tutelage of his brothera€™s girlfriend. His life story continues in places as far-flung as the Arctic, where he spends part of a decade as a translator of Inuit talesa€”including the story of a soapstone carver turned into a goose whose migration-time lament is a€œI hate to leave this beautiful placea€a€”and in his beloved Point Reyes, California, as a student of birds. Years later, in Washington, D.C., an act of deeply felt violence occurs in the form of a murder-suicide when Norman and his wife loan their home to a poet and her young son. In Normana€™s hands, lifea€™s arresting strangeness is made into a profound, creative, and redemptive story. a€œUses the tight focus of geography to describe five unsettling periods of his life, each separated by time and subtle shifts in his narrative voice . . . The originality of his telling here is as surprising as ever.a€ a€” Washington Post a€œThese stories almost seem like tall tales themselves, but Norman renders them with a journalistic attention to detail. Amidst these bizarre experiences, he finds solace through the places hea€™s lived and their quirky inhabitants, human and avian.a€ a€” The New Yorker... I ever wrote down. Typed it hunt-and-peck on an Olivetti manual typewriter. I made a copy on carbon paper, too. Ia#39;m looking at the pages now. Remember carbon paper? If you handled a sheet carelessly, you 1 Advice of the Fatherly Sort.

Title:I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place
Author:Howard Norman
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2013-07-09


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