The author looks back at a lifetime’s worth of hunting, fishing, and camaraderie in the Northeast Kingdom.
A North Country Life is the story of author Sydney Lea’s powerful connection to his family, friends, and the northern outdoors. Loosely organized by the changing of seasons, different sections feature essays on such topics as childhood family fishing trips in the wilds of Maine, trophy fly-fishing the northern reaches of the Connecticut River, the opening day of turkey hunting season in Vermont, and getting lost in the deep woods while deer hunting. The essays are introspective and dramatic illustrations of the blending of the human and natural worlds; emotion is attached to both spheres and adds texture to the sketches. Listeners of varied interests will be drawn to the sincerity of the author’s voice.
A notable writer and poet, Lea’s lyrical writing preserves a picture of people and places from the past with vivid scenes recalling former times and contrasting them with modern life. Thoughtful portraits of New England elders and the author’s friends bring to life the outdoors as seen through many different eyes, inspiring listeners to take a new look at the world around them. With the author’s knack for descriptive language, this compelling listen will strike a chord with anyone interested in the contemplative side of nature - which, in truth, is most of us.
The rich bass of award-winning narrator Alan Sklar all but puts another log on the fire and tops off the snifter in this memoir from Sydney Lea. A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife is a look back on a lifetime of outdoor living from one of the Northeast's most loved poets and essayists. Lea's lyrical writing, performed beautifully by Sklar, constructs a series of vivid pictures of people and places from the past. Listeners will enjoy the meditative yet dramatic stories of fishing, hunting, and his long partnership with nature.