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Drifting into Darien

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PlacesThe Altamaha is Ray’s river and from childhood she dreamed of paddling its entire length to where it empties into the sea Drifting into Darien begins with an account of finally making that journey turning to medita­tions on the many ways we accept a world that contains both good and evil With praise biting satire and hope Ray contemplates transformation and attempts with every page to settle peacefully into the nowThough commemorating a history that includes logging Ray celebrates “a culture that sprang from the flatwoods which reuired a judicious use of nature” She looks in va. The Altamaha River is one of the most unspoiled rivers in America and Janisse Ray has lived most of her life near its banks As an infant she was baptized accidentally on her first river trip when her father’s homemade boat sunk In this book she sets out to explore the river with her husband and a group dedicated to preserving it In the first half of the book tells the story of their trip down the river as she recalls its history and explaining its natural setting The group feels a kinship with river men who built log rafts out of longleaf pines and floated them down the river in ages past Along the way they pass Ragpoint where raft men used to tie a rag onto a tree for good luck a tradition that continues to this day They float past some of the largest cypress left standing trees that have been spared the logger’s saw In addition to the narrative the first part of the book contains a numbers of lists that include one of what they are carrying along with lists of birds seen and trees observed The second half of the book consists of a series of personal essays in which the author explores various aspects of the river These essays include a night fishing trip with a politician and a guide a trip to the Bartram Botanical Gardens in Philadelphia where she investigates a “lost†species that had been found along the river And then there is a humorous story about a trip with botanist to an area within the river’s watershed and the language gap that existed She produces a rant directed at the United States Forest Service for their “liberal†definition as to what constitutes a forest She tells of threats to the river from the discharge of a paper mill the nitrogen that runs from farmer’s fields and the problems with clear cutting She makes a case that a river is only as healthy as the forest through which it flowsThese uotes come from the final chapter of her bookWhat I needed was to watch the amber water sliding past the ivory sandbars under a high blue sky I needed the peace of wildnessWe go to lay our burdens down to refuel ourselves to fill our eyes with beauty to enter the unchanging to experience metaphorical time We go to be transformed 211This is the third book I’ve read by Janisse Ray My favorite is still the Ecology of a Cracker Childhood in which she tells about growing up with the longleaf pines and issues a call for their protection I too grew up under longleafs a few hundred miles to the north and share her concern for these majestic trees I also liked Ray's second book Wild Card uilt This is a good book but in my opinion it doesn't rise to the level of the other two books of hers I've read

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Janisse Ray was a babe in arms when a boat of her father’s construction cracked open and went down in the mighty Altamaha River Tucked in a life preserver she washed onto a sandbar as the craft sank from view That first baptism began a lifelong relationship with a stunning and powerful river that almost nobody knowsThe Altamaha rises dark and mysterious in southeast Georgia It is deep and wide bordered by swamps Its corridor contains an extraordinary biodi­versity including many rare and endangered species which led the Nature Conservancy to designate it as one of the world’s last great. This book is about Janisse Ray and the Altamaha River which she loves and wants to preserve Her imagery is lovely and evocative—for example on blackberries I have blackberries on my mind lately since growing a small patch at home Here’s what she writes having been thwarted at first on her blackberry mission by the residue of a recent forest fire“In the center of the thicket where the canes were sturdy and than head tall the fire had not penetrated and here the blackberries were succulent black an inch and a half long hanging in gorgeous clumps A cool rainy spring had been good to the plants; they were redolent with fruit We ate our fill and picked enough for a pie a smoky blackberry river pie”My blackberries are pale copies of thoseMy favorite part of the book is the scary bullfrog chorus in the middle of the night which was the selection she read at the 2011 Decatur Georgia Book Festival when the book was newThe only gripe I have is this—I wanted of Janisse in the book I think she was holding backIt may be just me Other reviews were generally glowing All gave four or five stars So I may be out of line Maybe I’m just dense Take the following comments with a grain of salt Yet even though the reviews were all positive I think people should be reading this book Why aren’t theyThe author wrote that her job as a writer is to present the facts She’s talking about the way we are manipulated by language People won’t speak out or can’t do so clearly and we get a distorted picture She would like to give us the real deal and say what she means She does of course But she could do so resoundingly if she gave us than the facts I know she could impact us intensely because of the way she came across in her presentation She packs a punch The book in comparison is muted Sometimes truth is than just the facts Give us your whole truth JanisseIn the book she criticizes herself for not being communal enough not always being a group experience sort of person who wants to share everything She says that’s a weakness she’s tried to change She calls her streak of individualism “dark” But she is—herself That’s what I wanted of—to absorb all the facts and only refracted through the author’s truth and unified into a organic and flowing whole through her story Finding out what happened with the frame up perpetrated on her then new husband at the beginning of the book wouldn’t hurt either I mean we do find out but in a sort of abstract wayCould politics and social views in and around her home base be a muting factor Is she treading too carefully around somethingAll I’m saying is don’t hold out on us Tell us your truth that we need to knowPS Thanks for the shout out on p 116 to the Florida research biologist Paul Moler—if I’m not mistaken a high school classmate of mineUpdate Sept 12 2013 The book has come out in paperback and the local newspaper has done a feature complete with pictures of author and river scenes Nice

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In for an ivorybill woodpecker but is eually eager to see any of the imperiled species found in the river basin spiny mussel American oystercatcher Radford’s mint Alabama milkvine The book explores both the need and the possibilities for conservation of the river and the surrounding forests and wetlands As in her groundbreaking Ecology of a Cracker Childhood Ray writes an account of her beloved river that is both social history and natural history understanding the two as inseparable particularly in the rural corner of Georgia that she knows best Ray goes looking for wisdom and finds a riv. It always add an element of complexity to review a book by someone you know and respect but here goesThe meat of the book is about the Altamaha River and everything that surrounds influences or inhabits it forests people plants mussels birds the weather All of this is excellent and first rate writing typical of Janisse Ray After the river is a diatribe against clear cutting and the nuclear plant in which the usual beauty of her writing is obscured by her anger I didn't like this part not because of things she says but because it wasn't the uality of writing that I expect from her But in the last chapters her style returns and she than makes up for what a few chapters lack I will stick with my 5 star rating and I look forward to reading the Seed Underground

  • Hardcover
  • 280
  • Drifting into Darien
  • Janisse Ray
  • English
  • 10 October 2018
  • 9780820338156

About the Author: Janisse Ray

is an American writer naturalist and environmental activistHer first book Ecology of a Cracker Childhood recounts her experiences growing up in a junkyard the daughter of a poor white fundamentalist Christian family The book interweaves family history and memoir with natural history writing—specifically descriptions of the ecology of the vanishing longleaf pine forests that once blanket


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