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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I tried to hum the Brokeback Mountain theme to myself while I read to make this book more interesting. I have lived in Wiscosin for my whole life so the concept of Wyoming’s vast open plains was foreign to me. I fell in love with the book myself, having been able to live vicariously thru her narrative. One of Ehrlich’s chapters that particularly intrigued me was her experience at a four-day Sun Dance, to which she was invited by members of the Crow Nation.

Nothing bad to say about it, but there’s a lot of jumping around in the stories that challenged me not pleasantly, sorry to keep track of while reading. This book is a collection of 12 essays, and covers many aspects of her time in Wyoming. What I had lost at least for a while was my appetite for the life I had left: I especially enjoyed the chapters that dealt with rodeo events and the sacred Sun Dance ceremony of the Crow Indians.

I paid very staunch attention to the first essay, but was entire dishearted by the seemingly utter uselessness and pointlessness of it and admit to skimming the rest looking for -any- action. I picked up The Solace of Open Spaces not because of the state, but because it was listed in a bibliography at the end of a grief memoir.


Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Apr 19, Jenny Reading Envy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her writing is lyrical and almost what I would call “prose poetry” at times.

In Wyoming, everyone knows everyone and there is a strict Western code to be followed. The demanding and difficult weather and terrain make a unique type of society where people are often isolated for many months of the year.

The Solace of Open Spaces

Mar 29, Dan rated it really liked it. Every page moved me; every word brought me into the gritty, bitter, romantic landscape of Wyoming, which I found was exactly where I wanted to be. The book was written over a period of five years, from 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.

Quotes from The Solace of Ope More often than not, circumstances – like the colt he’s riding or an unexpected blizzard – are overpowering him.

The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich

Now I want to tell my friend, no longer alive, “Oh, I get it. Essays on your Kindle in under a minute. I loved her insight into the sometimes fo ranchers, sheepherders, farmhands, and cowboys. Traditionally, at least, ranch life has gone against materialism and has stood for the small achievements of the human conjoined with the animal, and the simpler pleasures Aug 15, Kurt rated it really liked it Shelves: Because it is insider her, because she is one with it, her writing illuminates the landscape she loves, the way I imagine it illuminated her in her time of need tge ever since.

The writing is gorgeous, flowing, evocative. It’s disheartening to realize the flip side of rampant farming and ranching in Wyoming is a state so wholly transformed by Big Agriculture that it’s nearly wiped out once prominent herds of buffalo, pronghorn antelope, and various other wild creatures. While in Wyoming, Ehrlich tried her hand at many things from lambing to calving, branding, and herding animals across thousands of miles.


In Wyoming we are supplicants, waiting all spring for the water to come down, for the snow pack to melt and fill the creeks from which we irrigate. In The Solace of Open Spaces she writes about coming to terms with the death of the man she loves, about her life in Wyoming, and about what it means to live in wide spaces and interact primarily with animals.

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Not to be missed. I picked up this book on the basis of the title alone.

Nights become hallucinatory; dreams, prescient. Jun 11, Sorayya Khan rated it it was amazing. Days unfold, bathed in their own music. She even survives a lightning strike. The landscape is engorged with detail, every movement on it chillingly sharp.

My antihistamine was kicking in and I didn’t want to miss anything. Her then-lover ends up dying, and she just stays and stays. Dec 23, Carie Steele rated it did not like it. Written in fits and starts as she puts it, the book started out as a series of journal en I picked up this book on the basis of the title alone.

It was essentially like reading a travel guide for Wyoming. It’s a lovely piece in a wonderful book. See and discover other items: Learn more about Amazon Prime. Despite David’s worsening condition, Ehrlich went ahead with the film project. Ships from and sold by Amazon. However, this book left me cold.