The Story of a Dog

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Author: John Muir
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,292 / 32 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,010
Added to site: 2005.12.10 12174
Genres: Non-fiction, Nature

About a little dog that travelled with Muir through south-eastern Alaska. "A thrilling story of the crossing of a glacier."--New York Sun

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torm! Detached wafts and swirls were coming through the woods, with music from the leaves and branches and furrowed boles, and even from the splintered rocks and ice-crags overhead, many of the tones soft and low and flute-like, as if each leaf and tree, crag and spire were a tuned reed. A broad torrent, draining the side of the glacier, now swollen by scores of new streams from the mountains, was rolling boulders along its rocky channel, with thudding, bumping, muffled sounds, rushing towards the bay with tremendous energy, as if in haste to get out of the mountains; the waters above and beneath calling to each other, and all to the ocean, their home.

Looking southward from our shelter, we had this great torrent and the forested mountain wall above it on our left, the spiry ice-crags on our right, and smooth gray gloom ahead. I tried to draw the marvelous scene in my note-book, but the rain blurred the page in spite of all my pains to shelter it, and the sketch was almost worthless. When the wind began to


Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Sergio Perez

A very good story by John Muir, about an adventure he had in Alaska with a personality-filled dog. It's a work of fiction, but Muir's love of nature comes through in every word.

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