High, Wide and Lonesome: Growing Up on the Colorado Frontier (2020)

High Wide and Lonesome Growing Up on the Colorado Frontier In this memoir of a lost America Hal Borland tells the story of his family s migration to eastern Colorado as homesteaders at the turn of the twentieth century On an unsettled and unwelcoming prairie
  • Title: High, Wide and Lonesome: Growing Up on the Colorado Frontier
  • Author: Hal Borland
  • ISBN: 9781453232361
  • Page: 439
  • Format: ebook
  • In this memoir of a lost America, Hal Borland tells the story of his family s migration to eastern Colorado as homesteaders at the turn of the twentieth century On an unsettled and unwelcoming prairie landscape, the Borlands build a house, plant crops, and eke out a meager existence While life is difficult and self reliance is necessary with no neighbors for miles the exIn this memoir of a lost America, Hal Borland tells the story of his family s migration to eastern Colorado as homesteaders at the turn of the twentieth century On an unsettled and unwelcoming prairie landscape, the Borlands build a house, plant crops, and eke out a meager existence While life is difficult and self reliance is necessary with no neighbors for miles the experience brings the family close and binds them closer to the terrible and beautiful natural patterns that govern their lives Borland would grow up to study journalism and become an acclaimed nature writer, and it was these childhood years on the prairie that shaped the author s heart and mind.
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    1. I m abig fan of Ralph Moody s Little Britches series he s just a wonderful allegorical writer and it s a Colorado story, after all So, I was excited when a Colorado rancher s daughter, here at , turned me on to Hal Borland s High, Wide and Lonesome Unlike Moody s work, Borland s contains a bare minimum of allegory, though what it has is resonant It s really just a straight forward, occasionally beautiful, narrative of a young man s life as he and his parents homestead a Colorado plains farm at t [...]

    2. This is not the edition that I read, but this first edition is not listed I had to request this book through an interlibrary loan This particular issue was copyright 1956,an original, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 56 10812 I had become interested in the author because he wrote the novel that eventually became the movie Jeremiah Johnson.It is a memoir about the author s early days from about age 9 through 12 when his family moved in the early 1900 s to farm a homestead on the plains of [...]

    3. Beautifully written memoir of the years Hal Borland and his family spent on the Colorado Frontier when his father decided he wanted to try homesteading in 1910 Hal worked with his father to build a house and dig a well, and then his mother joined them Life is not easy over the next 3 years, having to deal with the weather, livestock losses, and health problems Hal grows up doing chores around the farm but enjoys the homesteading life as well.I really enjoyed this book, and I did not realize befo [...]

    4. Hal Borland s account of life in northeastern Colorado in the early 1900s was well written, entertaining, and history at its bestup, close and personal fascinating stories of people, nature, life on a homestead, all the hardships interlaced with some of the sweet rewards Though it isn t specifically about the area of Colorado we are currently travelling through, it still offers insight, depth and grounding for our wanderings also, personally speaking, it shed light on the term ioway vs iowa , th [...]

    5. But even the yucca and the sagebrush and greasewood and the cactus were lost in the vastness of grass The highest sagebrush weren t as high as the hubs of the front wheels of the wagon Good soil, Father said Long celebrated as a beautiful memoir about life in a simpler time, this is a true account from the author s childhood moving to the eastern plains in 1910 It is a good example of Colorado pioneer life and the strong determination to succeed in those times.

    6. What a nice story about homesteading in the early 1900s Set much later than most frontier stories Descriptions of the land,sky, weather, animals and people made you really see what to was like for that family.

    7. All I can say is why did I wait until 2012 to read this This book was written in 1956 and chronicles the experiences of a family homesteading on the eastern plains of Colorado It is part novel part factual account of the challenges of the time Just incredible.

    8. Hal Borland s High Wide and Lonesome is a soulfully written book that reads like a poem So honest it hurts Simplicity that is reverent and beautiful I must read all his other books.

    9. A fascinating, true insight into the drudgery, hardship and joys of homesteaders in 1900 The detail was fantastic, especially if you like the idea of living in a log cabin

    10. Colorado pastThis book gave a glimpse of the optimism and heartbreak that went in to homesteading proving up in the years before World War 1 It is difficult to conceive of the settler life, now that the state has a population of millions, many of them urban, and communication is instant 100 years another whole country.

    11. Brisk and educational read about the hardships and pleasures of life in Colorado 100 years ago Hard to imagine leading such a life

    12. I bought this book because I lived in Colorado for a brief time It s not particularly well written, but it does give an honest account of a childhood on one of the last great frontiers.

    13. Beautiful A young boy s recollection of homesteading on the high plains of north east Colorado approx 1910 Good to read next to compare with An owl on every post

    14. Well written I especially liked the narrative on the blizzard Made me appreciate the men and women who homesteaded our vast Great Plains.

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