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The Pine Barrens af John McPhee
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The Pine Barrens (original 1968; udgave 1978)

af John McPhee, James Graves (Illustrator)

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Most people think of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that runs between New York and Philadelphia. Yet in the low center of the state is a near wilderness, larger than most national parks, which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens. The term refers to the predominant trees in the vast forests that cover the area and to the quality of the soils below, which are too sandy and acid to be good for farming. On all sides, however, developments of one kind or another have gradually moved in, so that now the central and integral forest is reduced to about a thousand square miles. Although New Jersey has the heaviest population density of any state, huge segments of the Pine Barrens remain uninhabited. The few people who dwell inthe region, the "Pineys," are little known and often misunderstood. Here McPhee uses his uncanny skills as a journalist to explore the history of the region and describe the people--and their distinctive folklore--who call it home.… (mere)
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Titel:The Pine Barrens
Forfattere:John McPhee
Andre forfattere:James Graves (Illustrator)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1978), Paperback, 157 pages
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I enjoyed this book on the Jersey Pinelands. I'm not a history buff but I found this real interest and easy read. ( )
  ldallara | Dec 19, 2020 |
McPhee has a very specific, wonderful way of writing. If you've read the Talk of the Town in the New Yorker than you'll recognize the style, patter, tone and delivery. This is great depiction of the Pine Barrens area, it's history and some of it's current residents. ( )
1 stem reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
I've been slowly working my through John McPhee's books ever since reading his wonderful book "Oranges" many, many years ago. I still tell people stuff I learned about citrus fruit since reading that book more than a decade ago, now I can further annoy people with facts about a New Jersey region I'd never heard of before.

In "The Pine Barrens," McPhee travels around the woodsy area of New Jersey, which apparently has a sort of backwoods reputation, and tells the stories of the interesting characters he runs into, as well as the region's history.

The book is very readable and very entertaining -- very glad I picked this one up. ( )
1 stem amerynth | Sep 4, 2018 |
I found this entire book fascinating. Not often am I lured in on this history of my quirky state. So much is to be learned about the Pine Barrens and the people who inhabit it. I am glad I took the time to read this! I have learned so many amazing things! ( )
  XoVictoryXo | Aug 26, 2016 |
This is a perfect read for learning more about New Jersey's backwoods areas. John McPhee's writing talents shine through as he introduces the eclectic characters who live in the Pine Barrens. ( )
  Stembie3 | Jun 14, 2015 |
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Most people think of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that runs between New York and Philadelphia. Yet in the low center of the state is a near wilderness, larger than most national parks, which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens. The term refers to the predominant trees in the vast forests that cover the area and to the quality of the soils below, which are too sandy and acid to be good for farming. On all sides, however, developments of one kind or another have gradually moved in, so that now the central and integral forest is reduced to about a thousand square miles. Although New Jersey has the heaviest population density of any state, huge segments of the Pine Barrens remain uninhabited. The few people who dwell inthe region, the "Pineys," are little known and often misunderstood. Here McPhee uses his uncanny skills as a journalist to explore the history of the region and describe the people--and their distinctive folklore--who call it home.

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