The Good Rain

The Good Rain

Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest

eBook - 1991
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A fantastic book! Timothy Egan describes his journeys in the Pacific Northwest through visits to salmon fisheries, redwood forests and the manicured English gardens of Vancouver. Here is a blend of history, anthropology and politics.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1991
Edition: First Vintage Departures edition
ISBN: 9780307794710
0307794717
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations, maps

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DanKostrzewski
Nov 25, 2019

The best book ever about the Pacific Northwest. It should be required reading for every transplant moving here—especially the ones from the Bay Area or back east.

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stevenjpate
Nov 24, 2019

This book lived up to its reputation as an engrossing, personal overview of the Pacific Northwest. It treats major natural features as emblematic of regions in a way I found useful, and employs historical accounts in entertaining ways. As someone new to Washington, it was just what I was looking for.

Egan's tone has a touch of bitterness, which I take as sensitivity to a history short-sighted and inequitable development in the place he cares about. I found this perspective appropriate and would recommend this book enthusiastically.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 21, 2019

I do agree with Jquick that the author's stories are by the least interesting part of this book. That said, this is a mostly lively and informative mix of history, personal essay, and travelogue about the Pacific Northwest. You'll learn where a lot of place names came from, including Mt. Olympus, Cape Mears, Astoria, and, my favorite, Cape Disappointment. Egan also wrote a book about the Great Depression.

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jquick99
Jul 06, 2018

Since I live and have explored WA and OR a lot, I was excited to read this book. But I was bored. I enjoyed learning more about the history of each area, but his personal stories didn't interest me.

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 29, 2016

Timothy Egan's first book has a few rough spots, reading like a series of articles, with some repeated material. That said, it's truly wonderful, much more than a "regional" book. I grew up in Seattle, and learned NW history in school. After almost 30 years living elsewhere, I returned, and it's wonderful to see mountains and water in the same view. I've been reading early NW history again. Egan's stories, ecological viewpoint, and sense of humor are refreshing. He can be very passionate about the needs of the planet--I'd forgotten that this viewpoint began here as far back as 1990. I've read several of his later books, and will read the rest. Highly recommended.

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pnwann_209
Aug 28, 2016

A great book about the PWN written in the 1990's. Egan is a great writer. I think this an earlier book of his and it is a bit wordy. I recommend this book for anyone interested in the PNW history or terrain.

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pablopaz
Dec 21, 2015

This continues to be one of my favorite books about the Northwest: combination history, travelogue, philosophizing, it evokes the sense of place that makes those of us native to the Rainylands of Cascadia unable to live elsewhere. For those just getting to know us, NW Native Egan guides them into the natural and human history that underlies us. Also, Tim Egan is a very good writer and this is one of the first books in which he truly displayed it. Enjoy!

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Anna81
Aug 05, 2012

Great read about the history of the Northwest.

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rock_anger
Jul 31, 2010

If you are moving to the Northwet
this is a important read.

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