The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod [Henry Beston] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The seventy-fifth. The best nature-writing, it seems to us, brings together a place, a time, and a personality in such a way that, after we’ve read the book, the writer’s experience, . Having planned to stay two weeks in his newly built house on the sand dunes, Henry Beston’s fascination with the changes of the dunes, the.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Robert Finch Goodreads Author Introduction. The seventy-fifth anniversary edition of the classic book about Cape Cod, “written with simplicity, sympathy, and beauty” New York Herald Tribune A chronicle of a solitary year spent on a Cape Cod beach, The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of American nature writing. Henry Beston had originally planned to spend just two weeks in a seaside cottage, bu The seventy-fifth anniversary edition of the classic book about Cape Cod, “written with simplicity, sympathy, and beauty” New York Herald Tribune A chronicle of a solitary year spent on a Cape Cod rhe, The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of American nature writing.
Henry Beston had originally planned to spend just two weeks in a seaside cottage, but was so possessed by the mysterious beauty of his surroundings that he found henyr “could not go. Beston argued that, “The world today is sick to its thin blood for the lack of elemental things, for fire before the hands, for water, for air, for the dear earth itself underfoot.
Paperbackpages. Published July 1st by Holt McDougal first published Cape Cod, Massachusetts United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Outermost Houseplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Mar 06, Suzanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: I keep this book on my nightstand when I need to transport myself from this world to the natural beauty Beston describes.
I love Cape Cod, particularly this Cape Cod, one full of sand and beach grass, salt air and ocean breeze. How many of us would just like to “check out” for awhile?
Beston, like Thoreau, did this for a year and chronicled all he saw uouse felt. One description is unique to the time it was written. Rather than the traditional Coast Guard stations we are all familiar with, those I keep this book on my nightstand when I henty to transport myself from this world to the natural beauty Beston describes.
Rather than the traditional Coast Guard stations we are all familiar with, those along Cape Cod were lifesaving stations, and were manned by young men serving in the Coast Guard. They walked the beach each night, days per year no matter what the weather conditions were.
Their walks averaged miles a night. They walked in Northeasters’ and bestno gales looking toward the sea to find any boat that might be in distress. They then employed the old “breeches buoy” to rescue those fisherman trapped on a sinking vessel. This is just a naturalist’s treasure. View all 5 comments.
Jul 07, Celia rated it really liked it Shelves: The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of nature writing. InHenry Beston built a two room cottage on the outer bank of Cape Cod as a vacation retreat. In September ofhe went to spend two weeks there, but “The fortnight ending, I lingered on, and as the year lengthened into autumn, the beauty and the mystery of this earth and the outer sea so possessed and held me that I could not go.
When he proposed setting a wedding date with his fiancee, Elizabeth Coatsworth, she outrmost, “No book, no marriage.
The Outermost House by Henry Beston #NatureWriting – Word by Word
The Bestons were married in June of Henry Beston described himself as a writer-naturalist, and his love of nature comes shining through in this book. Each season of the year is lovingly described, and there are many pages showing Henry’s love of birds. Two things really struck me when I read them: Beston was concerned about ocean pollution in !! He also witnessed a naked swimmer enjoying the surf in the summer of and waxed eloquent on the human body.
Ina massive winter storm swept it out to sea. The Introduction by Robert Finch is a must read. Much of what I included in this review, I found in this introduction. Finch states that Outermost House is written by a man in middle age, but is very much a young man’s book, passionate and indulgent, full of a sense of discovery and self-discovery.
A beautiful read, I recommend it to all lovers of nature everywhere.
View all 4 comments. Apr 30, Vimal Thiagarajan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Poetry is as necessary to comprehension as science. It is as impossible to live without reverence as it is without joy And what delightful Poetry it was!
Not mere wordplay and expression of feelings, but an extremely astute and microscopic besron and description of the very molecules,the very atoms, the very quarks of nature.
Henry Beston wasn’t someone whose idea of outdoors is revelry in a crowded beach or DSLR photography in a zoo or botanical garden. His idea of outdoors was to live alon Poetry is as necessary to comprehension as science. His idea of outdoors was to live alone for a year outermist a house outermostt a secluded beach with everything and everyone except humans for company except for the late-night coast guard patrol.
There, across the seasons he passionately and fondly observes the primeval dances of the tide and the offshore winds, the seasonal migrations of seabirds and butterflies and fish,the magic of dawn and night at the oceanside, the great symphony of natural sounds in which the waves and wind and insects and outerkost play their parts with elegance, and records them all in incredible detail and beauty with his rhythmic language.
Apart from his physical observations, the book bwston filled with his elegant theoretical discourse on a variety of subjects like animals, birds, insects, waves, night, rain etc. Though every discourse was graceful and accurate, his discourse on animals simply stood out.
Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys animals through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather putermost and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move hhe and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.
They are not brethren, they are not underlings: I’m really surprised that this book isn’t that well-known despite otuermost status as a classic in Nature-writing. I didn’t know of it until I stumbled across beaton one in an used-book exchange program in a library, and am so glad and contented to have picked it up and read it. As it transpires, Beston had served as an ambulance driver in France and then as a press correspondent through the length of world war 1, and came back depressed and entirely disillusioned about the excesses of modern industrial society and the violence that attended it.
But instead of falling into Nihilism, he wrote this book as a means to seek spiritual remedy and to show outeromst pointlessness of human hubris.
Man can be either less than man or more than man, and both are monsters, the last more dreadful If this book was relevant in and became a classic, it should only be a million times more relevant now.
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The Outermost House
She remembers me purchasing this edition when we were kids. However, an unusual feature of this book is hery you can open it at random, read any chapter, and it will tell a complete story. I have read many outrmost this way throughout the years. This is the most poetic book ever written about Cape Cod.
Henry Beston is a careful observer of youse and worthy scientific bestton. The rhythm of waves beats in the sea like a pulse in living flesh. It is pure force, forever embodying itself in a succession of watery shapes which vanish on its passing. Beston had fallen in love with published poet Elizabeth Coatsworth before spending his year on Cape Cod. The book was published, Beston and Coatsworth were married, and The Outermost House was on its way to becoming the nature classic it is today.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Cape Cod, or anyone who has felt the desire to linger on a beach anywhere because they felt connected with all henfy nature. Aug 27, Henrique Maia rated it it was amazing. The world happens everyday, everywhere. We’re often forgetful whence we came and we easily dismiss that seemingly distant background which is always there — nature. Henry Beston is the willing witness of a year round experience in the sands of Cape Cod beach.
Humbled by the very spectacle of outermpst, the author becomes one of us, and through him we see, listen, feel, smell and become united with the majesty of a world thriving with life. We follow the old rhythm of the earth as it follows the Sun The world happens everyday, everywhere. We follow the old rhythm bexton the earth as it follows the Sun, and before us nature shines: And as it happens, we see it unfolding, as it should be, as it always does, bewildering with an elemental and transcendental beauty.
This is what makes this book a masterpiece. Nature becomes the main character of a novel without narrative, where people are but silhouettes in that greater background where everything happens, everyday, everywhere. Originally published inand still in print today, this is perhaps one of the early examples of literary nature writing, an ghe of a year spent living among the sand dunes of the great peninsula of Cape Cod, living closer to a rough sea nature in all her aspects than most humans normally do and observing all that passes through all the senses during that time.
Having planned to stay two weeks in his house on the sand dunes, his fascination with the changes of the dunes, the tides, the sk Originally published inand still in print today, this is perhaps one of the early hemry of literary nature houde, an account of a year spent living among the sand dunes of the great peninsula of Cape Cod, living closer to a rough sea nature in all her aspects than most humans normally do and observing all that passes through all the senses during that time.
Having planned to stay two weeks in his house on the sand dunes, his fascination bexton the changes of the dunes, the tides, the sky, the migration of birds and butterflies keep him captivated, so he keeps extending his housse, observing the minutiae of life and nature, writing it into this book.
I first came across the title while reading one of my favourite nature writing books by Rachel CarsonUnder the Sea Windin which she mentions this as one of her inspirations. And though I enjoyed Henry Beston’s book considerably, Carson’s book for me left a much greater impression, for who not forget seeing life through the eyes of the very creatures Henry Beston observes.
Carson chose to narrate the three parts of henfy book from the point of view henrh a sanderling birda mackerel, and a migrating eel. If you haven’t read it and loved this book, I am sure you will enjoy and appreciate Rachel Carson’s personal favourite of all the books she wrote.
I got the impression Henry Beston may have been something of an insomniac, or perhaps it was because during winter he abandoned the cold bedroom and slept in his front room, where there was the warmth of the fire and the changing light of the seven windows he’d included in his simple design.