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by Gunnar Hansen


In this book, the history and future of America's barrier islands are explained for the reader in a way that makes the reader want to travel to each listed island to see that which is disappearing.

In this book, the history and future of America's barrier islands are explained for the reader in a way that makes the reader want to travel to each listed island to see that which is disappearing. We start with South Padre Island in Texas, where you swear you can smell the seawater and hear the waves pounding on the beach. While in Texas, Years before the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Gunnar Hansen wrote this book, forewarning us about the implications of messing with Mother Nature

The barrier islands are young, Hansen tell us, formed in the last ice age only a few . His main reason for writing this book is to teach us about the barrier islands that surround America.

The barrier islands are young, Hansen tell us, formed in the last ice age only a few thousand years ago. They are also extremely vulnerable to damage, as Hurricane Emily demonstrated in 1993 when it tore away a good portion of many Atlantic islands. The United States has some 2700 miles of barrier islands stretching from Texas to Maine. Hansen, a contributor to regional magazines ( Texas Monthly, Yankee ), explores some of these islands, starting at Boca Chico in Texas and ending on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. While in Texas, we get a his Years before the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Gunnar Hansen wrote this book, forewarning us about the implications of messing with Mother Nature

I had come to the barrier beach at Boca Chica to begin an erratic journey along America’s barrier islands.

Today it is covered with golf courses and vacationing Americans whose bumper stickers cheerfully announce that they are spending their children’s inheritance. Then I drove west along the Gulf Coast through Alabama and Mississippi and across the deep swamplands of Louisiana to Texas. Here was Galveston where, fresh out of high school, I had first tried to surf (the waves were too small, I was too ungainly). I had come to the barrier beach at Boca Chica to begin an erratic journey along America’s barrier islands.

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Home Gunnar Hansen Islands at the Edge of Time: A Journey To America's Barrier. These islands separate ocean from lagoon, saltwater from freshwater, sea bird from shore bird, and-until many were developed for tourism-sea-goer from landlubber. In his lively book, Hansen points out that the frequency and intensity of such storms seems to be on the rise, so see the islands while you can.

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Gunnar Hansen takes readers on a trip that no one seems to have thought of before: a 2,700-mile journey along America's sandy barrier islands from the Mexican. Mass Market Paperback Paperback Hardcover Mass Market Paperback Paperback Hardcover.

Hansen was also an author; his nonfiction travel memoir, Islands at the Edge of Time, A journey to America's Barrier Islands, was published in 1993. In 2013 he wrote the nonfiction book Chain Saw Confidential, which focuses on the making and reception for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. In addition, he taught college as an adjunct instructor.

Islands at the Edge of Time is the story of one man's captivating journey along America's barrier islands from Boca Chica, Texas, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Weaving in and out along the coastlines of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina, poet and naturalist Gunnar Hansen perceives barrier islands not as sand but as expressions in time of the processes that make them. Along the way he treats the reader to absorbing accounts of those who call these islands home -- their lives often lived in isolation and at the extreme edges of existence -- and examines how the culture and history of these people are shaped by the physical character of their surroundings.

Islands at the Edge of Time: A Journey To America's Barrier Islands epub download

ISBN13: 978-1559632515

ISBN: 1559632518

Author: Gunnar Hansen

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Language: English

Publisher: Island Press (August 1, 1993)

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OCARO
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Paul Theroux is one of my favorite travel writers. He is also a fine novelist. I've read every travel book, novel and short story collection the man has ever published. As an armchair traveler, I love to read about other places. As a bookworm, I love reading works by any literate writer - known or unknown.

While Gunnar Hansen is known to many as an actor, it's his writing career that has been his preoccupation for years -- so involved was he in establishing his literary credentials that he was unaware of the status his first movie star part had garnered for him.

His past roles in horror movies had no effect on how I viewed his book. I read it slowly, absorbing the beauty of his writing style. I kept in mind that the events in the book happened in the late 1980s, long before Hurricane Katrina. His chapter simply titled "Galveston" had an essay-ish quality about it. "Wandering through the city, I knew no place to go to get a sense of the 1900 storm. There is no graveyard in Galveston to mark the storm's dead, for they had been burned or buried where the survivors found them. The city itself was the graveyard; the dead were everywhere underfoot."

Perhaps Mr. Hansen will write a screenplay about the event that preceded Katrina by a century. I believe it could be a great film.

The second chapter that could be adapted into a screenplay, is that entitled "Odd Men Out." We learn about Walter Anderson, a man born in 1903 in New Orleans who ended up being a painter. What makes him unique is that he spent more time alone on Horn Island observing his surroundings and painting, than spending it with his own family. The artist's quest in finding answers to life's big questions led him to China and almost to Tibet. Since those are intriguing subjects, I wanted to read/learn more about them.

Mr. Hansen has a way of involving himself in any situation he encounters on his island hopping adventure, but not in a boasting way. He's reportorial, stating facts, citing incidents, being a true observer. If you're looking for him to mention a single thing about his personal life, acting adventures or academic career, this isn't where you'll find it. His main reason for writing this book is to teach us about the barrier islands that surround America. We learn of the fragility of these islands, these wreaths of land that surround the mainland, how hurricanes can eliminate them, how flooding and time erodes them, and worst of all, how man is destroying them.
OCARO
I've been meaning to write more book reviews and when a prompt in my inbox wanted a response to my transaction at Amazon, I thought, why not? It's not a mega best selling title, the author isn't winning any Nobel or Pulitzer prizes, yet, and the seller was speedy in mailing this book to me.

Ok, got the seller part out of the way, now on to the book itself.

Paul Theroux is one of my favorite travel writers. He is also a fine novelist. I've read every travel book, novel and short story collection the man has ever published. As an armchair traveler, I love to read about other places. As a bookworm, I love reading works by any literate writer - known or unknown.

While Gunnar Hansen is known to many as an actor, it's his writing career that has been his preoccupation for years -- so involved was he in establishing his literary credentials that he was unaware of the status his first movie star part had garnered for him.

His past roles in horror movies had no effect on how I viewed his book. I read it slowly, absorbing the beauty of his writing style. I kept in mind that the events in the book happened in the late 1980s, long before Hurricane Katrina. His chapter simply titled "Galveston" had an essay-ish quality about it. "Wandering through the city, I knew no place to go to get a sense of the 1900 storm. There is no graveyard in Galveston to mark the storm's dead, for they had been burned or buried where the survivors found them. The city itself was the graveyard; the dead were everywhere underfoot."

Perhaps Mr. Hansen will write a screenplay about the event that preceded Katrina by a century. I believe it could be a great film.

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Lonesome Orange Kid
Excellently written, very educational and entertaining. Wonderful writer. If you are interested in our barrier island, this is a great book.
Lonesome Orange Kid
Excellently written, very educational and entertaining. Wonderful writer. If you are interested in our barrier island, this is a great book.
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My husband love this book. Amazon ROCKS! on deliverly.
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Questanthr
I read this book about 5 years ago. It's a beautifully told tale of the history, nature and people of the barrier islands along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will revisit it again.

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Questanthr
I read this book about 5 years ago. It's a beautifully told tale of the history, nature and people of the barrier islands along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will revisit it again.

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