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by Tim Anderson,John G. Neihardt

eBook The River and I epub
  • ISBN: 0803283725
  • Author: Tim Anderson,John G. Neihardt
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (June 1, 1997)
  • Pages: 325 pages
  • ePUB size: 1171 kb
  • FB2 size 1906 kb
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In 1908 John Neihardt (1881-1973) and two companions traveled the Missouri River in a twenty-foot canoe, beginning at the headwaters in Montana and ending up at Sioux City, Iowa.

In 1908 John Neihardt (1881-1973) and two companions traveled the Missouri River in a twenty-foot canoe, beginning at the headwaters in Montana and ending up at Sioux City, Iowa. The River and I describes their adventures on that wild waterway before it was dammed by the Army Corps of Engineers and points out storied sites along the shore. In sum, Neihardt does for the Missouri what Twain did for the Mississippi.

John G. Neihardt, Tim Anderson (Introduction). In 1908 John Neihardt (1881–1973) and two companions traveled the Missouri River-about two thousand miles-in a twenty-foot canoe. Originally published in Outing Magazine as a series of articles, The River and I describes their adventures on that wild waterway before it was dammed by the Army Corps of Engineers and points out storied sites along the shore

Neihardt John G. A travelogue by Johnathan Gneisenau Neihardt, an American author of poetry and prose, an amateur historian, ethnographer and a philosopher of the Great Plains.

Neihardt John G. The author offers an evocative look at . .is experience during a open-boat excursion of the Missouri River from Fort Benton, Montana, to Sioux City, Iowa. MoreLess Show More Show Less. Neihardt was a remarkable scholar who seemed familiar with every classic ever written in English, Greek . The audio book is narrated by John G. Neihardt’s grandson Robin Neihardt. Neihardt was a remarkable scholar who seemed familiar with every classic ever written in English, Greek, or Latin. He apparently knew every word in the dictionary. One time I told him I was amazed by his vocabulary, and he said, Words are the tools I use in my profession. Robin speaks with something of the same timbre as his grandfather, but lacks some of the latter’s energy. I appreciate Robin’s willingness to undertake this project, and he does a workman-like job.

The Neihardt State Historic Site is for th.Bancroft was the home of John G. Neihardt between 1900 and 1920. Hope to see you at our next program on Sunday, November 17, when Tim Anderson will talk about "The Legacy of Joseph 'Iron Eye' LaFlesche. Here he wrote all of his short stories and lyric poetry including A Bundle of Myrrh, The Splendid Wayfaring, and the Guest and began his epic poem A Cycle of the West which brought him high critical acclaim John G. Neihardt State Historic Site. John G. Neihardt State Historic Site is feeling excited.

In 1908 John Neihardt (1881-1973) and two companions traveled the Missouri River-about two thousand miles-in a twenty-foot canoe. Originally published in Outing Magazine as a series of articles, The River and I describes their adventures on that wild waterway before it was dammed by the Army Corps of Engineers and points out storied sites along the shore. The result transcends journalism; Neihardt does for the Missouri what Twain did for the Mississippi

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In 1908 John Neihardt (1881–1973) and two companions traveled the Missouri River—about two thousand miles—in a twenty-foot canoe. Originally published in Outing Magazine as a series of articles, The River and I describes their adventures on that wild waterway before it was dammed by the Army Corps of Engineers and points out storied sites along the shore. The result transcends journalism; Neihardt does for the Missouri what Twain did for the Mississippi. This Landmark edition makes available once more the book that was issued in 1910, two years before Neihardt began work on A Cycle of the West and twenty-two years before the publication of Black Elk Speaks.
Comments: (7)
Oppebro
John G. Neihardt was a remarkable scholar who seemed familiar with every classic ever written in English, Greek, or Latin. He apparently knew every word in the dictionary. One time I told him I was amazed by his vocabulary, and he said, “Words are the tools I use in my profession. A blacksmith knows all his tools, and so does a carpenter. It’s not surprising that I would know my tools too.”

“The River and I” is written in typical Neihardt fashion with the perfect word always at hand to describe any situation. It includes many literary references that most people today will not recognize. Neihardt also spends a great many passages in philosophizing about life and the human condition. Many of today’s readers, with only a moderate education, will be put off by Neihardt’s elevated mode of recounting his boat trip down the upper Missouri River in 1908.

“The River and I” is must reading for any Neihardt fan or scholar. I have read his great work “A Cycle of the West” at least five times, and in “The River and I” I found many words, phrases, ideas, and references that turn up in that later writing. “The River and I” gives the researcher a better understanding of the man John G. Neihardt.

The audio book is narrated by John G. Neihardt’s grandson Robin Neihardt. Robin speaks with something of the same timbre as his grandfather, but lacks some of the latter’s energy. I appreciate Robin’s willingness to undertake this project, and he does a workman-like job. I believe he would do an even better job with some training by a voice coach. I would also recommend that he study a book before reading it aloud and look up words with which he is unfamiliar. It is disquieting and ruins the flow of the narrative that Robin mispronounces so many words. The most jarring is his continued mispronunciation of “gunwale.” Some other words he gets wrong, to name just a few, are: etc., ragout, debauches, Glasgow, mêlée—all fairly common words which should give a narrator no trouble.

The great shortcoming of the audio book is the absence of illustrations. The original volume contains fifty full-page photographs, which are crucial to the full enjoyment and understanding of the narrative.

“The River and I” is not a “page-turner” and will not keep you on the edge of your seat, but it tells a vivid and sometimes humorous tale of the struggles of the young men who fought their way down the upper Missouri River shortly after the turn of the 20th century.
Arihelm
What Mark Twain is to the Mississippi River, Neihardt is to the Missouri River. This is a first-person narration of Neihardt's quest to travel the Missouri River from Montana to Sioux City, South Dakota. His best writing comes from the descriptions of how he could dissolve and become one with nature, and how his soul feels rested though he is testing his physical form upon the river's currents. He predicts this pristine, beautiful river will someday be pockmarked with advertisements for cigarettes, gum, and traveling sideshows. But for now, he is at peace and complete in his quest. A good read for those who enjoy a simpler time!
Hasirri
I loved the LANGUAGE of the book. Parts of it are lyric. It also made me want to travel down the Missouri myself, before reality intruded.
Lavivan
In a tale told full of wonderfully beautiful description the author weaves an epic tale that rivals those of Homer and others. Many years ago I heard the author read an excerpt of Black Elk Speaks and be interviewed about it shortly before his death. This book has been on my want to read list for many years, and I was not disappointed.
Phain
A wonder filled, poetic account of a young man's journey down the Missouri River.
Xmatarryto
John Neihardt was a favorite author of mine, and I studied under him at the University of Missouri. I know that complete versions of this book contain photographs he took while on the trip he writes of in this book. Although this version has all his words, none of the photos are present and the overall design is cheap and unworthy of the content. Read this book? By all means, but choose a better version of it to invest in. Invest? Yes; chances are you'll read it more than once.
Mavivasa
Great history & extremely well written the way I wish books would be done currently
Great travel adventure.
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