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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Owl Books (NY); Reprint edition (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080507368X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805073683
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author records his observations of nature during the one year he spent in a Cape Cod beach house. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"East and ahead of the cost of North America, some thirty miles and more from the inner shores of the Massachusetts, there stands in the open Atlantic the last fragment of an ancient and vanished land." Read the first page
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ILONACAT on 6 Oct. 2007
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When you start reading THE OUTERMOST HOUSE, you soon find yourself in a world of waves and tides, weathers and seasons. I really do think this is a book to take slowly, in order to truly appreciate what Henry Beston's year on Cape Cod was like. And to savour the fine ( yet never overcooked ) and interesting writing ; I can't recall reading a description anywhere else of the sounds the sea makes, for example. Beston evokes the tough life of the lighthouse-keepers. He describes bird-migrations but also shipwrecks, tragedies ; this is no sentimental stroll along a beach in sunshine yet there is something of beauty on every page. The book is also a hymn to solitude.

I now want to read Thoreau's book CAPE COD. And to treat various people to both.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 1998
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Rachel Carson once described The Outermost House as the sole influence on her writing, and Henry Beston's account of a solitary year by the sea has the same combination of natural science and poetry. The theme is one of an isolation that modern man rarely experiences, where the passing seasons are evidenced by different varieties of seabirds, by subtle changes in the wind, the sea, and even the color of the sand. Especially memorable are descriptions of violent nor'easters, shipwrecks, and the perseverence of the quietly heroic coast guard. This is a book to be savored.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 1998
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An enduring classic, Henry Beston's The Outermost House, takes the reader on a time journey through a year in the life of the seashore of Cape Cod. The passage of time is not recorded with the clock, but with the rhythms the sea, the cycles of the moon, and the changing seasons. The chapter on the headlong wave can make one a little seasick with Beston's undulating passages and rhythmic words. Not a leisurely stroll on the beach, The Outermost House portrays Beston's year-long observations of the sand and the sea as true partners, sometimes betraying one another, other times working in perfect harmony.
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