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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (686 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Beston Narrator: Brett Barry Publisher: Silver Hollow Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Outermost House is a classic of American nature literature.

In 1926, Henry Beston spent two weeks in a two-room cottage on the sand dunes of Cape Cod. He had not intended to stay longer, but, as he later wrote, I lingered on, and as the year lengthened into autumn, the beauty and mystery of this earth and outer sea so possessed and held me that I could not go.

Beston stayed for a year, meditating on humanity and the natural world. In The Outermost House, originally published in 1928, he poetically chronicled the four seasons at the beach: the ebb and flow of the tides, the migration of birds, storms, stars, and solitude. The landscape was his major character, and his writing provides a snapshot of the Cape, a place physically changed yet still as soulful 80 years later.

Like Henry D. Thoreau before him, and Rachel Carson after him, Beston was a writer of stunning beauty, importance, and vision. Robert Finch once wrote of him, His are burnished, polished sentences, richly metaphoric and musical, that beg to be read aloud.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Leigh | 2/13/2014

    " Just could not force myself to finish this book and I usually read 2-3 books a week! If I had to read one more line about bird tracks in the sand, I think I would scream! Wonderful book if you have a case of insomnia. Will definitely put you to sleep!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Wallace | 2/8/2014

    " Such liquid, magical prose! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by kathleen | 2/2/2014

    " A vivid picture of shore life over the course of an entire year. Written in the 1920's from a shack on the great shore of Cape Cod. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peter | 1/28/2014

    " Like Thoreau, except more poetic. In a word, sublime. "

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