The Way to Rainy Mountain

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"To look upon that landscape in the early morning, with the sun at your back, is to lose the sense of proportion." Introduction, pg. 5 This quote sort of sums up what the entire book is about. The author is making his way back to the land of his grandmother's people. It is on one level the story of a man burying his grandmother, and on a deeper level it is about a man rediscovering himself through learning about his grandmother's way of life, the land, and the people of the area. We can tell, as a reader, that the author has reached that point of self discovery when he reflects in the following passage: "Once in his life a man ought to concentrate his mind upon the remembered earth, I believe." Chapter 24, pg. 83