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The Silent Places   By: (1873-1946)

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The Silent Places by Stewart Edward White is a captivating journey into the uncharted territories of the early 20th century America. In this riveting piece of non-fiction, White demonstrates his exceptional ability to transport readers to the unexplored and untamed wilderness.

The book primarily revolves around White's personal adventures as he embarks on ambitious journeys across the remote areas of America. With a keen eye for detail and a remarkable gift for storytelling, White vividly narrates his encounters with wild landscapes, elusive wildlife, and diverse native cultures. His vivid descriptions paint a picture so vivid that readers can almost taste the salt in the sea air or feel the chill of the mountain breeze.

Throughout the book, White showcases not only his passion for nature but also his profound respect for indigenous communities. He takes the time to understand their customs, traditions, and their deep connection to the land. His respectful portrayal of these cultures adds an extra layer of richness to the narrative, providing fascinating insights into the diversity of America's heritage.

One of the most fascinating aspects of The Silent Places is the author's reflections on the changing landscapes and the impact of human civilization. White's writing conveys a profound reverence for the pure, untouched wilderness, all while acknowledging the encroachment of industrialization on these pristine habitats. Through his eloquent prose, he explores the delicate balance between progress and preservation, prompting readers to reflect on their own responsibility towards the environment.

Additionally, White's ability to communicate the intrinsic connection between man and his surroundings is truly commendable. He effortlessly weaves personal anecdotes with broader philosophical musings, offering readers a profound understanding of the transcendent power of nature. As a reader, it is impossible not to be moved by the author's profound appreciation for the beauty and serenity found in these silent places.

While some may consider The Silent Places to be a product of its time, it remains a powerful and thought-provoking read even in the present day. White's storytelling prowess, coupled with his genuine love for nature and fervent advocacy for conservation, make this book an enduring classic.

In conclusion, The Silent Places is a masterpiece that captures the essence of America's unexplored territories. Stewart Edward White's evocative writing transports readers to the silent places of a bygone era, prompting contemplation on the delicate balance between man and nature. This book is a must-read for anyone who yearns for adventure, appreciates the beauty of the natural world, or simply seeks a thought-provoking and engaging read.

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[Illustration: The woodsmen, with a simultaneous movement, raised their rifles [Page 208]]




Illustrated by Philip R. Goodwin



Published, April, 1904

To My Mother


The woodsmen, with a simultaneous movement, raised their rifles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frontispiece

Facing page The child uttered a sharp cry of fright. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 "Pretty enough to kiss!" cried Dick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 "Listen, Little Sister," said he. "Now I go on a long journey" . . . 148 Dick jumped forward and snatched aside the opening into the wigwam . 228 The hound sniffed deep, filling his nostrils with the feather snow . 258 "Stop!" he commanded, his voice croaking harsh across the stillness. 294



At about eight o'clock one evening of the early summer a group of men were seated on a grass plot overlooking a broad river. The sun was just setting through the forest fringe directly behind them.

Of this group some reclined in the short grass, others lay flat on the bank's slope, while still others leaned against the carriages of two highly ornamented field guns, whose embossed muzzles gaped silently at an eastern shore nearly two miles distant... Continue reading book >>

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