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Turtle Island (A New Directions Book) [Kindle Edition]

Gary Snyder
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1975).


These Pulitzer Prize-winning poems and essays by the author of No Nature range from the lucid, lyrical, and mystical to the political. All, however, share a common vision: a rediscovery of North America and the ways by which we might become true natives of the land for the first time.

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Poetry and prose writings unearth the common origins and survival concerns of the diverse cultures coexiting in America.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0811205460
  • Publisher: New Directions (17 Jan. 1974)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E4G6DQ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #547,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry and a museum piece of the 70's 21 Sept. 1998
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Format:Paperback
Turtle Island is probably Gary Snyder's best known book - an award winning book. The "museum piece" teaser in the review summary refers to the short essay at the end of the book arguing cogently for a reduction in population, a more communal life style, etc. - a piece well written in its time but one that has portions which need rewriting in light of the increased opportunities for recycling etc. The poetry, however, does stand the test of time. Snyder's poetry reflects the directness of Zen poetry - his nature is real nature not nature conjured up for imagery or "concreteness". His knowledge of mythological symbols - including Turtle Island - is deep; his is not a superficial borrowing. Gary Snyder would be on my short list of "most know" poets and Turtle Island is a good place start becoming familiar with his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 18 Sept. 2012
Format:Paperback
I wish a few of the so-called 'poets' we get in the UK and Wales would read this stuff. A true legend in the literary world and someone who writes from experience. His passion and understanding shows through every line. A great Zen-like work of environmental worship!! Probably my favourite poet of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service 18 Dec. 2014
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Arrived quickly and item as described and expected, thank you.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry and a museum piece of the 70's 21 Sept. 1998
By M. J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Turtle Island is probably Gary Snyder's best known book - an award winning book. The "museum piece" teaser in the review summary refers to the short essay at the end of the book arguing cogently for a reduction in population, a more communal life style, etc. - a piece well written in its time but one that has portions which need rewriting in light of the increased opportunities for recycling etc. The poetry, however, does stand the test of time. Snyder's poetry reflects the directness of Zen poetry - his nature is real nature not nature conjured up for imagery or "concreteness". His knowledge of mythological symbols - including Turtle Island - is deep; his is not a superficial borrowing. Gary Snyder would be on my short list of "most know" poets and Turtle Island is a good place start becoming familiar with his work.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snyder's best work 30 Jan. 2006
By Richard A. Sax - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Even three decades after its publication which won for Gary Snyder the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, this text of poems and essays remains a classic of 20th-century American poetry and environmental literature. I look forward to teaching it again in a college classroom later this winter and introducing a new generation of students to the power of Snyder's poetry and ideas.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason why this won the Pulitzer Prize 17 July 2011
By Kindle Customer LS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is Snyder at his best, and yet most versatile...the poems have become small classics in the world of contemporary poetry. I can recite several of these poems and quote their story to others. Snyder has that persistence that makes us all thankful. The poems are right and true, chop wood and carry water, and be awake to the life around you.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational. 29 Nov. 2012
By Rebecca Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite books by my favorite poet of all time. I'm almost elderly, so I've read a lot of poetry in my life. Somehow this disappeared from my collection and I was frantic until I replaced it. Thank you for your prompt and efficient service.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nature poetry 30 Jun. 2011
By J. Zolli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of our foremost poets, Gary Snyder is a real 'mountain poet' in that Japanese sense. He actually spent about 9 years in a zen monastory in Japan. This book was his first major work, and put him on the map. For those who love poetry, especially Ecology inspired works, it doesnt get any better than Snyder, and this work is one of his best early efforts.
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