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The Blue Plateau: An Australian Pastoral (Paperback)

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Located in the Blue Mountains southwest of Sydney, the Blue Plateau is a contrary collection of canyons and creeks, cow paddocks and eucalyptus forests, the first people and ranchers. This book reveals the plateau through its inhabitants: the Gundungurra people who were there first and still remain; the Maxwell family, who tried, but failed, to tame the land; the affable, impoverished, often drunken ranchers and firefighters; and the author himself, a poet trying to insinuate his citified self into a rugged landscape defined by drought, fire, and scarcity. Like the works of Peter Mathiessen, Barry Lopez, and William Least Heat-Moon, The Blue Plateau is a deep examination of place that transcends genre, incorporating poetry, people's history, ecology, mythology, and memoir to reveal how humanity and nature intertwine to create a home. Elegiac and intimately composed, this vivid portrait of a rugged wilds expands readers' sense of the place they call home.

Praise For…

One of the wisest, most gifted and ingenious writers you could hope to find.”
Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Blue escarpment, floods in the bottoms, a red steer” wild fire, logging, pasturing, sod walled homes, generations evolving and perishingAustralian writer Mark Tredinnick tells us a vivid weave of stories which add up to a story of homeland, his for some years, and along the way he illustrates the complex ways we come to a sense of place, rural or downtown. The Blue Plateau is a gift; a guide to understanding all of us, everywhere; one of those books you read slowly, so it will last, and this one will. This one will be around.”
Bill Kittredge, author of The Willow Field and The Next Rodeo

"Absorbed slowly, as a pastoral landscape of loss” and experiment in seeing and listening,” the book richly rewards that patience." Publishers Weekly (Oct.)

"In this exquisite meshing of landscape and language, Tredinnick gives voice to the spirit of a place where longing and change are writ large." Donna Seaman, Booklist

"The Blue Plateau conveys a deep sense, rooted in the very syntax of a lush prose about an austere land, that there can be no meaningful division between nature and culture, between humans and all the other life that interdepends with us, not in the backcountry of southeastern Australia, nor anywhere else." 

Product Details
ISBN: 9781571313201
ISBN-10: 1571313206
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: October 1st, 2009
Pages: 255
Language: English