Aug. 17th, 2004

book rec

Aug. 17th, 2004 02:16 pm
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A book I've been re-reading recently - Young Men & Fire by Norman Maclean. It's nominally about the Mann Gulch fire of 1949, where thirteen smokejumpers died. It talks about the history of the smokejumpers, the geography and geology of the gulch, the science of fire and firefighting, the author's own personal experiences with firefighting, approaching the tragedy from all different angles. There are some rough parts, but the language is almost mystically beautiful, and it's taught me as much about the art of writing, of searching out a story and its meaning, as any book I can think of.


a paragraph excerpt from the book )

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