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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After replacing the original fireplace with a wood stove and making a few other changes, Beston had the house moved back behind the dune, next to Nauset Marsh. Henry Beston lives by himself in a house on Cape Cod for a year. Oct 28, Carol Bachofner rated heney it was amazing Recommends it for: Hands down, the best evocation of the seaside I’ve ever read.

Since I read on a good friend’s review of this book that this was one of her all-time favorite books and I had never even heard of it, I figured it was time to check this one out. Courtesy of Lucinda Fleeson hide caption. If you enjoy the likes of Annie Dillard and Kathleen Jamie, you may enjoy these classics of nature writing, I find them houze compelling reading. Heard on All Things Considered. For better or for worse, Beston is a lot less explicitly philosophical about the whole thing than Thoreau was in his book.

For the gifts of life are the earth’s and they are given to all, and they are the songs of birds at daybreak, Orion and the Bear, and dawn seen over ocean from the beach.


I never realized descriptions of birds, and oceans could be so varied and expressive. The fortnight ending, I lingered on, and as the year lengthened into autumn, the beauty and mystery of this earth and outer outermist so possessed and held me that I could not go.

No one came to kill, no one came to explore, no one even came to see. He also worried about the ubiquity of electric lights, warning: For the animal shall not be measured by man. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of earth.

And as it happens, we see it unfolding, as it should be, as it always does, bewildering with an elemental and transcendental beauty.

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Cape Cod is th happy place and my best friend gave me this book for Christmas. And therein do we err. In my world of beach and dunes these elemental presences lived and had their being, and under their arch there moved an incomparable pageant of nature and the year.

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Watching wave after wave roll in, of their formation, sound, and way the light from the sun and its position interacts with the waves. I cheered when three coast guards rescued her. I would answer that one’s first appreciation is a sense that creation is still going on, that the creative forces are as great and as active to-day as they have ever been, and that putermost morning will be as heroic as any of the world.


The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of nature writing.

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That immense, overwhelming, relentless, burning ardency of Nature for the stir of life! I read this book about once a year. When the Pleiades and the wind in the grass are no longer a part of the human spirit, a part of very flesh and bone, man becomes a cosmic outlaw.

This is a quiet novel about a year the author spent, alone, in a house o Since I read on a good friend’s review of this book that this was one of her all-time favorite books and I had never even heard of it, I figured it was time to check this one out. Animals shall not be measured by man. Nature has its unexpected and unappreciated mercies. Primitive folk, gathered at a cave mouth round a fire, do not fear night; they fear, rather, the energies and creatures to whom night gives power; we of the age of the machines, having delivered ourselves of nocturnal enemies, now have a dislike of night itself.

Refresh and try again. This book has been compared to Walden, but it’s so much better.

You get the feeling that I expected to hate this book. And therein do we err. I should have known it!!!