The River

The River

Book - 2015
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We tend to look at landscape in relation to what it can do for us. But what if we viewed a landscape on its own terms, freed from our expectations and assumptions? This is what celebrated writer Helen Humphreys sets out to do in this beautiful, groundbreaking examination of place. Humphreys considers her small waterside property on the Napanee River in Ontario in the watchful way of a writer. The result is The River, a gorgeous and moving meditation that uses fiction, non-fiction, natural history, archival maps and images and original photos to find truth.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, ECW Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9781770412552
Branch Call Number: 917.137 HUM
Characteristics: 215 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 18 cm

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andreareads
Aug 31, 2019

It is hard to fathom the age of the river, to fully imagine how old 170 million years is. When the river was new there were dinosaurs on the earth. There were no birds yet, just flying lizards. The river is older than birds. How to properly imagine what that world was like?

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Aug 31, 2019

You can start swimming in early May, although the water is very cold, and you can stop at the end of September, with the same cold water. The test for how to tell if it’s too cold for swimming is to plunge your hand into the river and if the bone in your wrist aches, then the water is too cold to enter.

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Aug 31, 2019

When I haven’t been at the cottage for a while, other creatures make use of it. When I arrived last time, blackbirds were perching on all the lawn furniture. Human presence is a barrier that keeps the wildlife a certain distance away, but when we’re not around, the wildlife is happy to occupy our spaces and objects, and is reluctant to leave them.

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Aug 31, 2019

There is a multitude of scientific proof that waterfalls fill the air around them with negative ions, and these negative ions lift the mood, energy, and health of human beings. The more turbulent the waterfall, the more negative ions it produces. Those who live near, or next to a waterfall, are inclined to be less depressed, have fewer migraines, and possess more energy than people who live in an urban environment.

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This is really a book of poetic meditation, not a novel and not what I was expecting. Not to my taste but certainly a piece of literary art

debwalker Oct 27, 2015

Exquisitely illustrated prose poem about the Napanee backcountry and its history. And what it is to love a place where Humphreys is so lucky to live.

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