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Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown (Crown Journeys) (original 2002; udgave 2002)

af Michael Cunningham (Forfatter)

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In this celebration of one of Americas oldest towns (incorporated in 1720), Michael Cunningham, author of the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize&–winningThe Hours, brings us Provincetown, one of the most idiosyncratic and extraordinary towns in the United States, perched on the sandy tip at the end of Cape Cod.Provincetown, eccentric, physically remote, and heartbreakingly beautiful, has been amenable and intriguing to outsiders for as long as it has existed. "It is the only small town I know of where those who live unconventionally seem to outnumber those who live within the prescribed bounds of home and licensed marriage, respectable job, and biological children," says Cunningham. "It is one of the places in the world you can disappear into. It is the Morocco of North America, the New Orleans of the north."He first came to the place more than twenty years ago, falling in love with the haunted beauty of its seascape and the rambunctious charm of its denizens. Although Provincetown is primarily known as a summer mecca of stunning beaches, quirky shops, and wild nightlife, as well as a popular destination for gay men and lesbians, it is also a place of deep and enduring history, artistic and otherwise. Few towns have attracted such an impressive array of artists and writers&—from Tennessee Williams to Eugene ONeill, Mark Rothko to Robert Motherwell&—who, like Cunningham, were attracted to this finger of land because it was . . . different, nonjudgmental, the perfect place to escape to; to be rescued, healed, reborn, or simply to livein peace. As we follow Cunningham on his various excursions through Provincetown and its surrounding landscape, we are drawn into its history, its mysteries, its peculiarities&—places you wont read about in any conventional travel guide.From the Hardcover edition.… (mere)
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Titel:Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown (Crown Journeys)
Forfattere:Michael Cunningham (Forfatter)
Info:Crown (2002), Edition: 1st, 176 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:provincetown, Cape Cod

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Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown af Michael Cunningham (2002)

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    The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea af Philip Hoare (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Two aspects of the same place (and both made me want to visit Provincetown)
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Published in 2002, the author takes the reader around the town he has lived on and off in for many years, pointing out geographical highlights and introducing locals. Beginning with a seven month residency provided by a writing grant that began just as the seasonal town was closing up, leaving him determined to never return to Provincetown, Cunningham did return many times and made it his home with a variety of partners. He discusses the local wildlife, the beaches, and the town's history, including its gay-friendly reputation, and how it is the antithesis to Cape Cod. ( )
  mstrust | Aug 11, 2020 |
Cape Cod is on the North West fringe of America, and Provincetown is on the very edge of Cape Cod. This isolation means it is a place which has attracted those on the periphery of American society too; artists and writers have made their homes here, and hosts a large gay and lesbian community too.

The walk takes us around the town, down the two main streets, across the marshes and dunes, for a brief dip in the bay and then onto the beaches. With him we visit some of the bars and clubs, drops into some of the local stores and stops by when passing the famous residents homes. It has a long history too, as it was the first place the Mayflower landed, before departing to Plymouth across the bay.

It is formed by its location too. That part of the Atlantic is battered by winter storms, hence why most people visit in the summer, and the elements keep the town honest.. But in the transitory seasons there is something about the light there that has a unique quality. Even the grey days can feel special according to Cunningham, as these are some of the most dynamic and changeable.

Cunningham’s writing is vivid but has a haunting brevity. This is a place that he feels deeply at home at, and the place where he met his current partner, Kenny. Even though he spends time in New York too, he has now bought a place, and is in the process of renovating it.

Thought this was worth reading overall; I liked the way each chapter was separated with a poem too.

Found this image of Provincetown on a calm day


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  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
I read this while on a vacation in Provincetown. It’s both realistic and poetic at the same time. Cunningham’s love for the city at the edge of Cape Cod shines through every sentence. His writing is as poetic as always, the jokes are funny, and the portraits of Provincetown citizens are poignant.
Every chapter ends with a poem by a Provincetown poet. I loved this book because it enhanced my time there considerably. Five stars for a mix of nostalgia, language, wistfulness, and love. ( )
  bohemima | Aug 11, 2018 |
Hoffmann und Campe: This book is a must for anyone who wishes to understand the pitfalls of policy-making where euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are concerned. The book will be most useful in academic forums, and it will appeal to legislatures and judges who take the decisions and make the judgments necessary to protect the fabric of society in the face of technological medicine. In addition, this book is of relevance to medical doctors, ethicists, lawyers working in the field of medical law and ethics, and sociologists who are interested in end-of-life issues and social justice. Euthanasia in the Netherlands: - addresses an issue that is of growing concern in North America and Europe; - offers an interdisciplinary, compelling study in medicine, law, religion and ethics; - covers a wide range of theoretical and practical issues concerning the end of life; - considers the philosophical difficulties inherent in the concepts of medical ethics; - is not confined strictly to the philosophical realm; - is based on interviews conducted in hospitals, research centers and universities in theNetherlands- will contribute to the ongoing debate about the intricate questions of medical ethics; - deals with issues that bring scholars and students, politicians, sociologists, jurist and lawyers together.
Während des Spaziergangs durch Provincetown werden viele Themen des heutigen Lebens, dem Umgang der Menschen untereinander und die Einstellungen zu Leben und Tod erörtert
  libsum | May 16, 2014 |
A birthday gift from Chris. Such a lovely book was a wonderful thing to read as I left home, headed back home, after a very happy vacation among dearly loved friends and family. I also felt I was among friends as I read it, having met Michael Cunningham, Marie Howe and Jayne Anne Phillips at the Fine Arts Workshop, years ago. ( )
  KymmAC | Aug 18, 2012 |
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In this celebration of one of Americas oldest towns (incorporated in 1720), Michael Cunningham, author of the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize&–winningThe Hours, brings us Provincetown, one of the most idiosyncratic and extraordinary towns in the United States, perched on the sandy tip at the end of Cape Cod.Provincetown, eccentric, physically remote, and heartbreakingly beautiful, has been amenable and intriguing to outsiders for as long as it has existed. "It is the only small town I know of where those who live unconventionally seem to outnumber those who live within the prescribed bounds of home and licensed marriage, respectable job, and biological children," says Cunningham. "It is one of the places in the world you can disappear into. It is the Morocco of North America, the New Orleans of the north."He first came to the place more than twenty years ago, falling in love with the haunted beauty of its seascape and the rambunctious charm of its denizens. Although Provincetown is primarily known as a summer mecca of stunning beaches, quirky shops, and wild nightlife, as well as a popular destination for gay men and lesbians, it is also a place of deep and enduring history, artistic and otherwise. Few towns have attracted such an impressive array of artists and writers&—from Tennessee Williams to Eugene ONeill, Mark Rothko to Robert Motherwell&—who, like Cunningham, were attracted to this finger of land because it was . . . different, nonjudgmental, the perfect place to escape to; to be rescued, healed, reborn, or simply to livein peace. As we follow Cunningham on his various excursions through Provincetown and its surrounding landscape, we are drawn into its history, its mysteries, its peculiarities&—places you wont read about in any conventional travel guide.From the Hardcover edition.

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