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Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra (edição: 2006)

de Jordan Fisher Smith

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Nature Noir is the intensely original story -- part Edward Abbey, part James Ellroy -- of Jordan Fisher Smith's fourteen years as a park ranger on forty-eight miles of Sierra Nevada river canyons. The gorgeous government-owned land along the American River that Fisher Smith and his band of fellow rangers have pledged to protect is (think Catch-22) condemned to be inundated by a huge dam. As Smith learns from his first day on patrol, the provisional quality of life here attracts the marginal and the pure crazy. Ranger work, in this place where wildness tends toward the human kind, includes encounters with armed miners who scour canyons for gold, drug-addled squatters, and extreme recreators who enjoy combining motorcycles, parachutes, and high bridges. Nature Noir reveals some startling truths about park rangering on America's public lands. In one heart-stopping scene, Smith comes across the corpse of a woman runner, killed and partly eaten by a mountain lion -- the first Californian to die in that way since the nineteenth century. Elsewhere, the predator on the loose may be human, and Smith goes looking for the bones of a long-missing woman in the surreal landscape around a half-constructed dam slowly reverting to wild.… (mais)
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Título:Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra
Autores:Jordan Fisher Smith
Informação:Mariner Books (2006), Paperback, 224 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:non-fiction, nature, Sierra Nevada

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Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra de Jordan Fisher Smith

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Well, I gotta say. If there is a better book about Northern California's Gold Country (I lived on Buck's Bar, SE of Diamond Springs for a long summer), I haven't seen it. All the sleazy, self-serving, mineral-poaching, atavistic aspects of the "Hangtown" crowd are well represented here. This is what living in that country was like when I lived there among several alcoholic sociopaths who, it seemed, needed to be threatened with summary eviction by county authorities every so often if one wanted them to behave in a relatively "civilized" manner. Gold holds no respect for persons, apparently, and I couldn't get back to San Francisco fast enough when push came to shove. This is very nicely written and entertaining if one likes 'dark' stories. 'Nuff said. ( )
  Farree | Sep 27, 2019 |
In this informative book, Smith tells of his 13 years working as a park ranger in California's Auburn State Recreation Area. His job is to protect the land from the people, the people from the land, and the people from each other. He is 15 times more likely to be killed or injured on the job than a DEA agent. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, he patrols two river canyons that are doomed to be flooded by a dam whose construction has been stalled by politics and environmental concerns. He deals with backcountry miners armed to the teeth, a cougar attack on a jogger, illegal tree cutting, and drunk and belligerent campers. He also gives historical and political background on the dam and the area's unique geology. This is a captivating look into the life of a park ranger as well as a tour through the beautiful river canyons where he works. ( )
  justpeachy | Apr 6, 2011 |
Just when you thought you'd seen every side of human nature displayed by californians in their native environment Smith describes some people, circumstances, and politics that prove we can always get a little crazier than we thought was possible. ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 20, 2010 |
Veteran park ranger, Jordan Fisher Smith http://www.jordanfishersmith.com/ in his first book provides a unique blend of evocative nature writing and realistic descriptions of the daily risks and rigors inherent in his job as a park ranger http://www.naturenoir.com/ Read a recent interview of the author: Dalton, Aaron (Mar. 2005). Not Just Another Pretty Place http://www.grist.org/article/dalton-noir/ from Grist Magazine. (lj) ( )
  eduscapes | Apr 23, 2010 |
Wasn't too impressed, perhaps it was just the writing style? Enjoyed 'The Last Season' much more. ( )
  fooeynet | Jul 24, 2007 |
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Nature Noir is the intensely original story -- part Edward Abbey, part James Ellroy -- of Jordan Fisher Smith's fourteen years as a park ranger on forty-eight miles of Sierra Nevada river canyons. The gorgeous government-owned land along the American River that Fisher Smith and his band of fellow rangers have pledged to protect is (think Catch-22) condemned to be inundated by a huge dam. As Smith learns from his first day on patrol, the provisional quality of life here attracts the marginal and the pure crazy. Ranger work, in this place where wildness tends toward the human kind, includes encounters with armed miners who scour canyons for gold, drug-addled squatters, and extreme recreators who enjoy combining motorcycles, parachutes, and high bridges. Nature Noir reveals some startling truths about park rangering on America's public lands. In one heart-stopping scene, Smith comes across the corpse of a woman runner, killed and partly eaten by a mountain lion -- the first Californian to die in that way since the nineteenth century. Elsewhere, the predator on the loose may be human, and Smith goes looking for the bones of a long-missing woman in the surreal landscape around a half-constructed dam slowly reverting to wild.

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