The Anthropology of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit

The Anthropology of Turquoise Meditations on Landscape Art and Spirit What color is a life Ellen Meloy looks at her place in the world and time in The Anthropology of Turquoise Meditations on Landscape Art and Spirit and her experiences outweigh her conclusions which

  • Title: The Anthropology of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit
  • Author: Ellen Meloy
  • ISBN: 9780375408854
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What color is a life Ellen Meloy looks at her place in the world and time in The Anthropology of Turquoise Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit, and her experiences outweigh her conclusions which are, after all, only tentative Whether musing about family history, exploring the high Utah wilderness, or diving in the Gulf of Mexico, Meloy takes in than most witWhat color is a life Ellen Meloy looks at her place in the world and time in The Anthropology of Turquoise Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit, and her experiences outweigh her conclusions which are, after all, only tentative Whether musing about family history, exploring the high Utah wilderness, or diving in the Gulf of Mexico, Meloy takes in than most with her energetic senses, and her gift for articulating the sensuous keeps the reader looking over her shoulder Life s ugly bits are also strewn herein turning a blind eye to nuclear test sites and border crossings would be almost sacrilegious to someone who so venerates light and vision The Anthropology of Turquoise is perhaps best read as a nonfiction novel Patching together pieces of memoir, travelogue, and spirit quest into a uniquely blended visionary document, Meloy finds the world in a grain of sand Rob Lightner

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    • Ellen Meloy

      Ellen Meloy was an American nature writer Among the awards she garnered are the Whiting Writer s Award 1997 and the John Burroughs Medal 2007 in 2003 she was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, for The Anthropology of Turquoise Meditations on Landscape, Art Spirit.

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    • Ellen was a close friend of my family's for many years--in fact, my father had lunch with her only a few weeks before her sudden passing in 2004 at the age of 58. Needless to say, her death hit us rather hard--hard enough that, though she gave me The Anthropology of Turquoise on my birthday in 2003, it took me until mid-2007 to begin reading it. Journeying through these pages was thus a very intimate experience for me: full of sadness at the memory of a lost friend; laughter at the ridiculousnes [...]


    • A collection of fifteen essays, this is a book meant to be savored. I didn't plan on spending nine months with Meloy, but my book club meeting came and went. And I was only one-third of the way through. If your idea of enjoying nature is checking birds off of a list, or achieving a personal best in mountaineering, this book will be too meditative for your liking. If, however, you prefer to listen and discover what nature can teach, especially over time, you're in for a treat.Some critics dislike [...]


    • Loved this book! The Anthropology of Turquoise is lyrical and exquisite, containing Meloy's meditations on everything from the childhood euphoria of spending long hours in swimming pools to the visceral beauty of colour. It'll make you want to immerse yourself in nature (esp. the United States' desert Southwest). A few favourite quotes: On the desert horizon at dusk, where red rock meets lapis sky, at the seam of the union, runs a band of turquoise, recumbent upon the land's great darknessBefore [...]


    • This took me quite a long time to plow through. Her imagery is dense and her thought process is not like mine, so I found myself having to very deliberately read. She and I share a love of the outdoors (and for some of the same places, actually), so it made it worth it. I did not read every single essay, quickly exiting those that were either too focused on anthropology or places I didn't care as much about.


    • Our lives are compressed by change. It took centuries for the symbol zero to migrate from India to Italy. Even then, the idea did not immediately take hold. It took half a century for the westward expansion to change forever the face of the American west. Was it only a generation ago, Meloy asks, when you could find a vantage point on the Colorado Plateau and see for a hundred miles? Today, forget to update your GPS and the new houses and roads you see will appear on your screen as a vast swathe [...]


    • This is an outstanding book of reflections, as the subtitle explains, on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky. Ellen Meloy was an excellent writer, that much is apparent - every chapter here is a joy to read, the prose just savory. But she was also clearly a student not only of the Desert Southwest, but a well-read scholar of words written on the subject as well. I found myself reacting to the epigrams as little semi-precious nuggets with their own value. Here are a couple:"I used to wonder why the sea w [...]


    • Beautiful. Exquisite. Captivating. For the record, Ellen Meloy and I have almost nothing in common – except perhaps our disdain for Las Vegas and a preference for solitude. She was an outdoorswoman who thought nothing of sleeping under the stars with only a sleeping bag or spending a week alone canoeing a canyon river; my idea of camping involves room service. She would spend hours marveling at whatever moths, centipedes, snakes, and bats found their way into her house or across her path; I, a [...]


    • I'm reminded of a college professor, and friend, who said of Joyce's Ulysses, "I didn't know you could do that with words," upon his first read of the book and his thoughts therein. Similarly, I feel toward The Anthropology of Turquoise. The parsimonious use of colourful (please forgive the pun), phrases, lyrical and vivid words paint pictures easily in the readers mind. Maybe it's the Southern-Utah whore in me that is drooling for her words that describe her life, landscapes, and essays about h [...]


    • I am on the fence about whether this gets 4 or 5 stars, I am still so blown away by Meloy's writing. I haven't given many books 5 stars. I have a feeling that this book deserves another reading, but I borrowed it on ILL so it has to go back to the library.Almost every day I get an email called Shelf Awareness. It is written for independent booksellers, but anyone who loves books would enjoy it. Awhile back, Philip Connors mentioned Ellen Meloy as an author he is an evangelist for. I don't know w [...]


    • After finishing this book I found, to my absolute delight, that Ellen Meloy lived in Mexican Hat! That was it. I was set. On my way down there to show up on her door step and sit at her feetor at the foot of her raft, either way. Then I found out she was dead. I've been robbed. you have too, though you may not know it. The fact that no matter how long I waitere won't be any more books by Ellen just plain sucks. I have felt that most of my life has been a struggle between my academically trained, [...]


    • Lyrical, dense, rewarding of a slow read. These essays use a rich and self-consciously literary voice - not what I expected of a book set primarily in the severe desert southwest (of the US), with excursions to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and the islands of Barbados. Meloy writes with lush and devout love for her chosen place, and a clear-eyed awareness of the ways we have used the environment and one another unsustainably. Yet, she also writes with a lighter touch than some of the region's [...]


    • I wanted to love this book, its meditations on nature and dessert and animals and Mexico and my favorite color blue, but her writing style was felt so encumbered that I plodded along, skipping over parts hoping in vain to find some language that would open up and breathe.


    • I am so sorry this author's life was cut short. Her writing showed her vitality and insatiable curiosity for life. The detailed writing took awhile to get into but once I surrendered to it the flow of exquisite, brilliant words won me over. Her great sense of humor had me laughing out loud. Living in the southwest I've become somewhat tainted about the commercial side of turquoise. I now see it with new eyes since learning of it's history. This book is like a fun to read text book as the reader [...]


    • So this compilation of essays on a theme had some really really beautiful parts, some hilarious parts, and some really insightful parts. Even so, there were a lot of chapters that were a total slog. This was an extremely slow read for me, and sometimes it didn't feel worth it. If I were to recommend the book to someone, I would probably pick out specific chapters. But, of course, that might compromise the experience of the read. Needless to say, I'm torn because I'm so glad that I've read the pa [...]


    • I wanted to read this book for the portrayal of the Southwest. Meloy did that, it was, however, a challenge for me as her education is far above my own. It did challenge me to look up words I have never used so for that reason I gave it 4 stars. She was a very descriptive writer and I could easily picture her settings to each essay.Interest wise, it did not meet my expectations.


    • I read this book over a decade ago and recently decided to revisit it. I think it's one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. Her love of nature and desert landscapes is deep and personal. She should be compensated by the Monument Valley tourism department.Its deep and personal and deserves some time. It's best enjoyed if you have a chance to visit this part of the country.


    • It took Matt and I over a year to finish this. But it was such a treat. I love her words and stories and life


    • The Anthropology of Turquoise is a powerful and creative travel memoir, showcasing the natural world and human life in impressive and artistic ways.


    • Wallace Stegner will always be my favorite Western writer, but Ellen Meloy is now a close second. This collection of essays and personal stories about Meloy's life and travels in the West's wild places makes you want to get outside, explore off the beaten path, and slow down to take in the wonders of water, desert, canyons, Native American ruins, and wildlife. She even goes beyond the West to include some compelling descriptions of landscapes and people in Mexico and the Bahamas. Meloy writes so [...]


    • I really wanted to love this book, but it took me almost a month to finish it. The cover touts it’s place as a finalist for the Pulitzer, and perhaps my disliking whole chapters of it makes me considerably less literary than I like to assume. But. Despite Meloy talking about her life in and love of Utah’s red rock canyon country and her obsession with all things turquoise–river, sea, jewelry, sky–I found her writing a bit too angry and ranty and her emotions a little too far detached for [...]


    • This rating should be 3.5 stars. I developed a love-hate relationship with this book: the flowery, hyper-adjective language inlaid in run-on sentences inspired hair pulling. To the contrary, select passages struck a chord in my core and provided deep contemplation on my own home nestled in Idaho's wilderness. I sincerely appreciate the author's honesty about her role as a nature writer. Her admittance of being a mere footnote in the vast natural history of her beloved lands was refreshing, albei [...]


    • While reading this book, I caught myself looking at turquoise jewelry--sucked into that strange human desire to possess an experience, to have a physical object imbibe the emotional and intellectual sensations I am afraid will slip away otherwise. But experiences are ephemeral--that's the crux of their value, which isn't monetary or physical. The memories, the pictures, the things are nothing more than the brushing of fingertips through a mirage of water that dissipates as you draw nearer. Ellen [...]


    • When I came across this book, I had been hoping that she would focus more on how things actually connected through turquoise in different cultures. I was hoping that she would spend more time actually focusing on the actual idea of turquoise. I found that the book was more about her than turquoise. I didn't actually finish the book, mostly because it didn't maintain my interest enough to continue. I may try to pick it up again later. She spent so much time focusing on her own travels to research [...]


    • "It seems as if the right words can come only out of the perfect space of a place you love. In canyon country they would begin with three colors: blue, terra-cotta, green. Sky, stone, life. Then some feather or pelt or lizard's back, the throat of a flower or ripple of sunlit river, would enter the script, and I would have to leap from three colors to uncountable thousands, all in some exquisite combination of Place, possessed by this one and no other. Between the senses and reason lies percepti [...]


    • This author is an amazing and gifted writer with penchant for detailed descriptions that readers will savor in their mind's eye. Her phrasing and observations about botany and biology are sure to delight most readers. I learned that: Some women have two different red pigments in their eyes and can see subtle differences in color that other women and men cannot see; and the fleshy, interior part of the pads (nopales) on prickly pear cacti will stop a cut from bleeding.


    • i found this book to be about the road not taken. i chose between two less traveled roads. one journeyed into wilderness, the other into the immediacies of life and health. Meloy brought me to her experience with a lifetime of wilderness journeys. I wish to write to her and am saddened that her death means i cant, glad I am left this record.Her seeing and perceptions different than mine, but carrying me into an enjoyable world.


    • Beautifully written nature book. It can be dense at times, I was sucked in the beginning but through the books some parts seemed to drag, even though I could recognize the elegance in the writing. Overall not perfect, but something I would read again and recommend. Also, don't be confused by the title, it's much more a memoir of the author's life and love of the desert.


    • This was one of those books because it LOOKED like I should have loved it. Amazing title, intriguing cover. Description sounds like something I normally dig on. Nope. I pushed through. Read it, but didn't delve into it.




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