The Beachcomber's Wife

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    The enduring trope of the solitary man in the wilderness is largely a legacy of Henry Thoreau, who camped by himself on the edge of a lake at the bottom of Waldo Emerson's garden and tried to live a self-sufficient life on the land, free of money, employment or female company. [...]the most notable Thoreauvian characteristic of Banfield's books is not his documentation of household economies, his philosophical musings or his descriptions of nature, but his insistence on the solitary wilderness experience. Mitchell's willingness to listen to a long silent woman's voice not only rectifies an historic imbalance but, in the process, has produced a delightful and insightful novel of marriage, isolation, adventure and a life in nature.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-3
    Number of pages3
    JournalTransnational Literature
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - May 2017


    • Writers
    • Nature
    • Solitary
    • Novels
    • Books


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