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The Great Dismal: A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir

by Bland Simpson

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I plucked this book off the shelf as one that should be right in my wheelhouse: a memoir covering the natural and social history of a unique, mysterious location on the American landscape. Writing that combines nature and history, like the best of the Lewis & Clark books, can provide a rich, rewarding reading experience. I had high expectations for "The Great Dismal" but I found neither the natural history nor the social history, as presented by Mr. Simpson, to be compelling enough to hold my interest throughout, and the non-linear narrative a further distraction. Navigating "The Great Dismal" was like trying to row through the swamp, with my oars constantly caught in the submerged tangle of roots and undergrowth. ( )
  ghr4 | Nov 16, 2015 |
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Just below the Tidewater area of Virginia, straddling the North Carolina-Virginia line, lies the Great Dismal Swamp, one of America's most mysterious wilderness areas. The swamp has long drawn adventurers, runaways, and romantics, and while many have tried to conquer it, none has succeeded. In this engaging memoir, Bland Simpson, who grew up near the swamp in North Carolina, blends personal experience, travel narrative, oral history, and natural history to create an intriguing portrait of the Great Dismal Swamp and its people. For this edition, he has added an epilogue discussing developments in the region since 1990.

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Just below the Tidewater area of Virginia, straddling the North Carolina-Virginia line, lies the Great Dismal Swamp, one of America's most mysterious wilderness areas. The swamp has long drawn adventurers, runaways, and romantics, and while many have tried to conquer it, none has succeeded. In this engaging memoir, Bland Simpson, who grew up near the swamp in North Carolina, blends personal experience, travel narrative, oral history, and natural history to create an intriguing portrait of the Great Dismal Swamp and its people. For this edition, he has added an epilogue discussing developments in the region since 1990.… (more)

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