Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley

In 1987, John Rember returned home to Sawtooth Valley, where he had been brought up He returned out of a homing instinct the same forty acres that had sustained his family s horses had sustained a vision of a place where he belonged in the world, a life where he could get up in the morning, step out the door, and catch dinner from the Salmon River But to his surprise, hIn 1987, John Rember returned home to Sawtooth Valley, where he had been brought up He returned out of a homing instinct the same forty acres that had sustained his family s horses had sustained a vision of a place where he belonged in the world, a life where he could get up in the morning, step out the door, and catch dinner from the Salmon River But to his surprise, he found that what was once familiar was now unfamiliar Everything might have looked the same to the horses that spring, but to Rember this was no longer home In Traplines, Rember recounts his experiences of growing up in a time when the fish were wild in the rivers, horses were brought into the valley each spring from their winter pasture, and electric light still seemed magical Today those same experiences no longer seem to possess the authenticity they once did In his journey home, Rember discovers how the West, both as a place in which to live and as a terrain of the imagination, has been transformed And he wonders whether his recollections of what once was prevent him from understanding his past and appreciating what he found when he returned home In Traplines, Rember excavates the hidden desires that color memory and shows us how, once revealed, they can allow us to understand anew the stories we tell ourselves.
Traplines Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley In John Rember returned home to Sawtooth Valley where he had been brought up He returned out of a homing instinct the same forty acres that had sustained his family s horses had sustained a vis

  • Title: Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley
  • Author: John Rember
  • ISBN: 9780375422072
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley”

    1. I enjoyed this far more than I expected to. It gives you a feeling of what it is like to grow older, and how the same place looks different and affects you differently in each phase of your life. Rember talks about how the place (Sawtooth Valley) was for his parents, and the homesteaders that came before him. It is odd, though, because he seems to come to a conclusion about how life should be lived, and then do exactly the opposite. Consciously. Perhaps that is a misinterpretation, and perhaps R [...]

    2. Moody and reflective memoir that considers what it's like to grow up in the Sawtooth Valley, gems, warts, and all.

    3. I read memoirs to get some insight into what others might have learned from life. Wether it be something major, like how a parent's influence has resulted in a career that they love, or maybe hate. Or how a realization of a certain strength of character has enabled them to overcome some kind of difficulty.Unfortunately, this book shows none of that insight. He was raised by a professional wilderness guide in the Sawtooth Valley of Idaho. It's obvious that he loves his father, and admires his abi [...]

    4. This is the story life of a young man growing up in small town. I can relate because I have been there and done that. However, the author goes on the study at Harvard and teach writing, two things I don't have in common. Rember is a talented storyteller who also tries to get inside the mind of the characters in his book.

    5. Picking up more of Mike's Idaho literature.This was one of the more engaging non-fiction books I have picked up lately. It didn't necessarily make we want to move to a cabin in Stanley as Mike said it would but it is an interesting look at life in that area.

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