The Horizontal World

The Horizontal World An Evocative Memoir Of Growing Up On A Family Farm In Rural North Dakota, On Land Her Family Had Worked For Generations, Reflects On Her Desire To Escape The Difficult Life, Her Relationship With And Admiration For Her Father, And The Influence Of Place On Personal Identity. I grow tired of reading memoirs, since it s the quick and easy way to publish for tenure hungry academics But Marquart does something here that is unique, carefully tiptoeing self indulgence for the greater ideas of history, legacy, land and place Her history weaves with the landscape, with the legacies of the family and the struggles of place in such a way that you are drawn to that desolate place, hungry to discover its underlying waterway What makes this piece so wonderful, aside from its I grow tired of reading memoirs, since it s the quick and easy way to publish for tenu
I enjoyed The Horizontal World the writing was poetic, sensual, and lush and it compelled me The memoir is about Marquart s troubled relationship to the small, rural world of North Dakota where she grew up She does a fantastic job of evoking the strangeness of the agricultural, North Dakota landscape and why that was so strange to her That aspect of the book really interested me And she says some really int
North Dakota is a land of extremes Extreme cold weather in the winter, with snow piled high Extreme hot and humid weather in summer with a sea of praire grass and crops blowing in the wind North Dakota is inhabited by hearty people who are drawn to the land and landscape Not everyone can survive here.Debra Marquart was born in North Dakota and raised on a farm that has passed through four generations Beginning with her great grandfather who emigrated from Russia in the late 1800 s, to Deb s North Dakota is a land of extremes Extreme cold weather in the winter, with snow piled high Extreme hot and humid weather in summer with a sea of praire grass and crops blowing in the wind North Dakota is inhabited by hearty people who are drawn to the land and landscape Not everyone can survive here.Debra Marquart was born in North Dakota and raised on a farm that has passed through four generations Beginning with her great grandfather who emigrated from Russia in the late 1800 s, to Deb s brother who currently owns it, the farm has an undeniable pull on the Marquart family Yet from an early age Deb had plans to escape the farm and the rural ways of life and planned to be a city girl Milking cows early every morning, driving the tractor, planting corn, all of it hard work She yearned forand as she read books to escape her daily reality, she made plans to leave.Marquart s memoir is a tal
A beautiful memoir p 49 Years later, this son will become minorly famous wildly famous in this county when he makes it onto the Lawrence Welk Show He ll be groomed as the new accordian maestro, the heir apparent to Myron Floren, who was the he
If you re from the Great Plains or even its emerald edge, as I am, how can you not read a book with a cover like that which graces The Horizontal World, Growing up in the Middle of Nowhere a Memoir Debra Marquart her family lost the traditional d somewhere on Ellis Island, she says is, in some ways, the proverbial young rebel farm kid who cannot handle another minute on the back forty until, years later, almost as elegy, she comes to love that which she needed so wildly to leave There s lots If you re from the Great Plain
I was connected to Fargo s literary scene many years ago and first encountered Marquart as a writer of poetry I would classify her as a poet, who also writes prose She writes with a poet s style, infused with rich language, metaphors, and details.In her story of growing up in a small town in North Dakota, Marquart weaves in references to literature, to geology, to history that help us understand where she is from, but also show the connectedness of all these disparate things timeless and I was connected to Fargo s literary scene many years ago and first encountered Marquart as a writer of poetry I would classify her as a poet, who also writes prose She writes with a poet s style, infused with rich language, metaphors, and details.In her story of growing up in a small town in North Dakota, Marquart weaves in references to literature, to geology, to history that help us understand where she is from, but also show the connectedness of all these disparate things timeless and universal, however unique they may seem to each of us as we walk our own paths.I am familiar with Marquart s place rural North Dakota My place is a small
I bought this book at a used bookstore a couple months ago based solely on the cover and the description on the book flap I had read a few pages of it here and there put never really got into it And then I picked it up again recently, started reading from the beginning, and became thoroughly consumed with her writing I finished over half of the book in that first day, and the rest of it by the end of the week She touches on a number of ideas around growing up in the Midwest that I am just be I bought this book at a used bookstore a couple months ago based solely on the cover and the description on the book flap I had read a few pages
As a native North Dakotan, I can say that this book, at least in the chapters regarding North Dakota, is spot on in capturing the essence of life on the prairie in the late 2oth century.I had the extreme pleasure of listening to the author speak at Bismarck State College, and get an autographed copy for myself and for my daughter My daughter, like the author, was all too eager to leave the state My hope is that she, like the author, may one day realize just what she left behind when she viewed As a native North Dakotan, I can say that this book, at least in the chapters regarding North Dakota, is spot on in capturing the essence of life on the prairie in the late 2oth century.I had the extreme pleasure of listening to the author speak at Bismarck State College, and get an autographed copy for myself and for my daughter My dau
This book is beautiful and painful and sensuous Another reviewer referred to the people who inhabit North Dakota as hearty which is true, but we are also hardy Deb traces her ancestry with beautifully told stories of success and agonizing depictions of the horrors of her immigrant grandparents Being from North Dakota myself, I can understand Deb s love of the land and landscape It is important to know that while the setting of this book is North Dakota, the familial relationships woven thro This book is beautiful and painful and sensuous Another reviewer referred to the people who inhabit North Dakota as hearty which is true, but we are also hardy Deb traces her ancestry with beautifully told stories of success and agonizing depictions of the hor
I loved this book I knew nothing about North or even South Dakota Her style of writing was so different and interesting that I came away understanding a bit about her life and her choices.

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The Horizontal World
  • Debra Marquart
  • English
  • 20 February 2017
  • 1582433453