Rivers of Wind: A Western Boyhood Remembered Paperback – Sep 1 2003
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It has hard times, good times, moments of absolute hilarity, rattlesnakes, bobcats and a crusty grandfather. -- Publishers Weekly, Nov. 22, 1999 quoting Gayle Ray of Tattered Cover Bookstore
Readers from 12 to 90 can relish these stories of life on the High Plains during the middle years of this century. Gary Penley has personified in his book Joseph Campbell's admonition to hang on the "rapture of being alive." -- CO) Oct. 15, 1998
Rivers of Wind is a fine book in many respects. For one, it's a well-written, true chronicle of everyday life in rural southeastern Colorado earlier this century. The book is also a top-notch character study of "Dad," Penley's grandfather who raised him, and gives a real feel for those who straddled time from the horse-and-buggy era to the age of airplanes. It's a good read. -- Western Horseman June 1999 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Gary Penley was born in Colorado and grew up on a remote cattle ranch in the 1950s. After high school he left the wide open spaces and semi-arid climate of home and served aboard submarines in the U.S. Navy for several years. Following discharge, he attended Weber State University and University of Kansas where he earned his master's degree in geology. Gary lives in Lafayette, Louisiana where he works as a petroleum geologist. Although he has written for outdoor and sporting magazine, Rivers of Wind is his first book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Gary captures this personal piece of American history in a way that keeps one feeling as though they have been transported back in time.
This is a book that is so full of emotion - bringing both frequent laughter and tears to the reader - that it is extemely difficult to put down before finishing. Whenever I started to be amazed at the hardships on the ranch, a story within the bigger story caused me to burst out laughing.
The book is unique and very much worth reading!
Most recent customer reviews
Mr. Penley gives personal details that review his life on the prarie such that reading this book made me feel I knew him. Read morePublished on April 6 2002 by C. Miller
I am an avid reader and this book, Rivers of Wind, was absolutely great. An easy and smooth book to read and every page was enjoyable. Read morePublished on April 6 2002 by Tom Desaulniers
I read this book with much anticapation as I also grew up in Lamar Colorado. Mr Penley's older brother George was a very good friend of my brother's and I have heard nothing of... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2002 by Shirley Pollard Phillips
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I guess it is because I relate to it having been born and raised in Southeastern Colorado during late 1930's on. Read morePublished on July 30 2000 by Dave Shelton