WASHINGTON by Angelo Pellegrini

WASHINGTON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Natural resources are vital to the life of this state but concentration on these resources limits the value of this volume, for the cultural or intellectual concerns and contributions and the living patterns of those involved with other work are ignored (a rather surprising omission from a University of Washington English Professor). Each chapter focuses on some aspect of the natural resources: the sea otter (valued for fur) was the original attraction for early settlers; today Washington is the land of wheat, prime rib and seafood, power and reclamation, orchards, forests. Writing from the point of view of an Italian immigrant, the author frequently compares the state to his birthplace, Casabianca--(the Italian Santa Claus digression, which leads into a contrast of the amount of lumber available in Italy and Washington, runs for three pages). The comparisons are distracting, the omissions disturbing, the enthusiasm dampening but the information on the land is more than adequate.

Pub Date: Dec. 18th, 1967
Publisher: Coward McCann