Oring the Grand Canyon and running the Green and Colorado rivers was scientific in nature His plan was to map the canyon the last unmapped portion of the contiguous US at the time and take readings of canyon depth rock type etc There were some portions of the book that are dry in that ou get his descriptions of the rocks themselves and the height of the walls the color and type of rock and so on but this being the Grand Canyon even the scientist is moved by the sheer beauty of the canyon He is frightened by the seemingly never ending rapids He has no idea if there is a major non navigable water fall around the next bend He is concerned for the safety and the welfare of his men and he is heartbroken when three of his men abandon the expedition and are never seen again He is mystified by many aspects of Native American culture and he is awed by their knowledge of the details of the canyon topography their tracking their ability to procure food He is fascinated by their religion and he learns as much of their language as possible This book gets a 5 stars because if Five fags a day you want to plopourself into the world of the Wild West and into the Grand Canyon in 1869 there is no better portal into that world than this book Yes it is true that there are a lot of readings from various devices used for measurements but the prose is actually excellent in the parts where ou are getting the author s thoughts and it is a treasure to all of us that he shares those thoughts with the readers This book published in 1875 is the travel journal of John Wesley Powell a professor of geology at a small college in Illinois It tells his story of two trips through the canyons of Colorado River in the 1860s and 1870s It is no literary masterpiece but Powell does rise to feats of descriptive beauty from time to time as he relates the adventures of his 9 person party boating down the Colorado The man had uncommon stamina and courage A civil war veteran whose arm was amputated after a battle wound he pushed pulled rowed and climbed his way down a visciously dangerous river valley at a time when adventure gear was primitive to say the least I bought the book at a gift shop near Bryce Canyon Utah during a trip through some the National Parks I had walked along the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona rocks were on my mind and this book seemed to offer a uniue view of the geologic history of what I was seeing daily during drives and hikes Powell vividly describes the country he explored and the hardships and perils his team faced He records a few fascinating and largely sympathetic for a white man of his time visits with the native people of the area Considering the river stretches he ran in his wooden row boats we are lucky he lived to tell the tale there are several incidents along the trail where he could easily have died Here is one lovely passage that struck me as a glimpse of a lost time conveying a sentiment close to what I have heard some First Nations people say about the land Powell has climbed up the canyon into a valley running into it The little valleys above are beautiful parks running into it The little valleys above are beautiful parks the parks are stately pine forests half hiding ledges of red sandstone Mule deer and elk abound grizzly bears too ledges of red sandstone Mule deer and elk abound grizzly bears too abundant and here wildcats wolverines and mountain lions are at home The forest isles are filled with the music of birds and the parks are decked with flowers Noisy brooks meander through them ledges of moss covered rocks are seen and gleaming in the distance are the snow fields and the mountain tops are away in the clouds You can almost feel a breeze on our face and smell the pines This is not a book with a compelling plot that demands attention Rather it feels natural to dip into a few days of travel put the book down and come back later to pick up the thread of the tale I am not sorry I read the book but it was a bit slow and repetitive at times Not for everyone. Een the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1700 titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to date translations by award winning translator. ,
Hocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs and 3 that there is no part of the world left to discover and exploreThere are very few people who can truthfully write We are now ready to start on our way down the Great Unknown And it should be explicated to the reader that I am intensely envious of anyone who can claim knowledge of the otherwise unknown Indeed unknown is a ubiuitous word in this book As the title implies this book is John Wesley Powell s matter of fact record of his exploratory mission down the Colorado River a region previously untouched by white menBearded grizzled and singly armed old Civil War wound Powell and a crew of nine men set out in May 1869 from Green River Wyoming With four boats between them and enough food to last them ten months they travelled downstream in search of whatever they might find Powell was a faithful recording angel transcribing the landscape into his assumedly large ruled black hardcover Moleskine notebook He took copious photographs of canyon walls Pueblo dwellings standing rocks et cetera There were close calls in the white water rapids peaceful encounters with Indians but mostly the journey was full of beauty and aweFor that reason Powell s account may not be a riveting one for readers This is not an adventure book in the Robert Louis StevensonAlexandre Dumas sense There is little action or intensity As for me however in reading I was transported entirely to a time place and situation for which I would give any of my limbs to experience Gladly would I strike off this situation for which I would give any of my limbs to experience Gladly would I strike off this to teleport into this book Imagine us John Wesley Powell and James Christopher Winters two arms between the two of us mirror images of each other embarking on our journey into the Great Unknown While reading this epic adventure Jane of Gowlands you are forced to remindourself that John Wesley Powell had lost his right arm at the Battle of Shiloh You have to keep reminding The Piper in the Wind yourself because I believe that he only references the fact once or twice as he s scrabbling up sheer rock faces and frantically paddling to keep his small boat free of boulders and cliff walls as it s careening through rapids The entire mad expedition to map the unnavigable Green River to its confluence with the Grand River which form the even unnavigable Colorado River was made with no financial incentive and was virtually unsubsidized It was made simply to acuire knowledge of the region s geographyI had a few problems with this edition The first problem is the book s first hundred pages in which Powell gives an overview of the geography ethnography and archaeology of the Colorado River Valley he should have had an editor He jumps all over the place up and down the river from subject to subject For a whileou try to reread passages then discover The Proposal you re becoming motion sick and just decide to putour head down and work through it letting all of the facts wash over Prey you but at that it s still a struggleThe book is lavishly illustrated mostly with prints but the illustrations are rarely congruent with the textou are reading so they mainly serve as a distraction And surely somebody at Penguin could have thought to append a couple of maps to this bookAll in all even with these minor annoyances this is a journey I would recommend anybody to take unlike the actual boat journey which ou d have to be mental to take There is a reason this book is classic of natural historyI didn t think I was going to like it though This book was written under a historyI didn t think I was going to like it though This book was written under a order from congress that threatened to pull JW Powell s funding if he did not write a book detailing for the general public the history of this historic trip to map for the first time the course of the Green and Colorado Rivers and the Grand Canyon The result of that direct order from congress is The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons Written by John Wesley Powell a maimed civil war veteran and geologist whose primary task in expl. St person account of his crew’s unprecedented odyssey along the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the Grand Canyon A bold foray into the heart of the American West’s final frontier the expedition was achieved without benefit of modern river running euipment supplies or a firm sense of the region’s perilous topography and the attitudes of the native inhabitants towards whitesFor than seventy ears Penguin has .
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trip down Colorado and it was worth reading to learn about Wesley s hisdown the Colorado and it was worth reading to learn about Wesley s his the first group of white people to explore this territory and it was such a dangerous trip So for those planning to do the Grand Canyon I r I m only reviewing it as an audiobook The story was very interesting but I couldn t get past the terrible narration Unfortunate because it s a great story If Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth you are interested in the geology ethnology and exploration of the American Westou ll enjoy this book by the one armed civil war veteran John Wesley Powell What I found particularly amazing was JWP s detailed geologic explanations in the first few sections It shows what a memory the guy had as well as his ability to take great field notes despite the growling stomach and constant threat of death If Once is Never Enough you don t care at all about rock formations then skip the section on geology and enjoy the adventure story and history lesson that follows It s well worth it My only gripe is I wish he would have spent a few sentences on his travel companions The Chasm of the Colorado 1873 74by Thomas Moran National Portrait Gallery Washington DCPage 328 my book Years later I visited the same spot with my friend Thomas Moran From this world of wonder he selected a section which was the most interesting to him and painted it That painting known as The Chasm of the Colorado If anyone will look upon that picture and then realize that it was but a small part of the landscape before usThe landscape is too vast too complex too grand for verbal descriptionWith all due respect to the very intrepid explorer John Wesley Powell this record of his travels is on the dry side it is devoid of emotion and introspectionThere are a few pages that express exhilaration on what must have been a tremendous passage through these canyons I have visited the southwest US and the Grand Canyon and can vouch for the overwhelming and staggering beauty of the land The diversity and vastness of the landscape can literally knock the wind out ofouThis narrative may be of interest to one who is intimately familiar with the landscape and the Grand Canyon basin The first part of the book 100 pages is devoted to geographical descriptions The second part 200 pages is the Grand Canyon expedition a significant portion of what he traversed has since been radically modified by Glen Canyon Dam How much has the flora and fauna changed The last part is a trip taken at a later date is to areas surrounding the Grand CanyonThere are many encounters with different tribes John Wesley Powell outlines some of the rituals performed So the Pretty great The whole thing is good as an adventure story as history as a look at the geography and people of the Grand Canyon and environs circa 1870 The last chapter ostensibly on the geology of the Grand Canyon but also a poetic reminiscence by a one armed Civil War veteran about the place he loved than any other is worth it on its own I doubt there s another geological treatise uite like itI should add that the illustrations photographs drawings and woodcuts dating from the 1800s are fantastic There must be over a hundred of them depicting the landscapes the geology the native people their homes and their crafts I am an outdoorsman that has backpacked and climbed throughout the Western US and the Northeast I often wonder what were the thoughts of the first men native or others that set eyes on some of the wilderness areas I have traversed John Westley Powell does exactly that by writing in vivid detail feelings and descriptions of the Colorado River Expedition In 1869 Powell set out to explore the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon Gathering nine men four boats and food for 10 I often find myself in despair over three things 1 that I shall never again view Breaking Bad with fresh eyes 2 the discovery of an empty milk carton after pouring a bowl of One of the great works of American exploration literature this account of a scientific expedition forced to survive famine attacks mutiny and some of the most dangerous rapids known to man remains as fresh and exciting today as it was in 1874 The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons recently ranked number four on Adventure magazine’s list of top 100 classics is legendary pioneer John Wesley Powell’s fir. ,