The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest (Vintage Departures)

A fantastic book! Timothy Egan describes his journeys in the Pacific Northwest through visits to salmon fisheries, redwood forests and the manicured English gardens of Vancouver. Here is a blend of history, anthropology and politics. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews from Goodreads.com

Write a review (you'll need to sign in to your Goodreads account or sign up) (showing 1-10 of 114)
By John (The United States) · ★★★★★ · January 06, 2011
Personally I found this book created the seminal event that influenced the remaining course of my life; both as a lifelong resident of Washington State, and particularly as an Aquatic Scientist. My work has caused me to travel many parts of Washington State that Timothy Egan mentions in this book... ...more
By itpdx (Portland, OR) · ★★★★☆ · May 17, 2010
This is Timothy Egan's homage to the Northwest. I bought the book at an author's reading for his new book The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. When Egan signed it for me, he said that I might find it dated. It was published in 1990 and is somewhat dated--the Seahawks are... ...more
By Eldan (Seattle, WA) · ★★★☆☆ · April 16, 2009
Three stars doesn't do this book justice. It should get 5 for the second half, and -1 for the worst parts.

When it's good, this is a beautiful, moving and informative description of the Pacific Northwest. Egan can be wonderful at describing the beauty of the region and the emotions it induces in p... ...more
By Tova (Portland, OR) · ★★★★☆ · July 02, 2008
I am a native Oregonian and move through life radiating a lot of Oregon love. But loving Oregon means embracing the ongoing conflict between civilization and nature.

Timothy Egan's book does an excellent job sharing both the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest and the man-made disaster. As Egan tra... ...more
By Ryan (Olympia, WA) · ★★★★★ · March 04, 2015
This book is a romance to the place I grew up. Not always pretty, and often scarred, it is beauty in its truth. Grandeur and simple it is all laid out. ...more
By Laurie (Memphis, TN) · ★★★★☆ · September 17, 2014
"And in all that period while I was so near Nature, the great lessons of the wilderness deepened into my heart day by day, the hedges of conventionalism withered away from my horizon, and all the pedantries of scholastic thought perished out of my mind forever."

~The Canoe and the Saddle, Theodore... ...more
By Janice (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · December 21, 2009
Timothy Egan is a very consciencious writer. He wants the facts to be correct and I appreciate that. He's also a very good speaker, so if you have a chance to go to a reading, do it. Often writers are not good speakers, but he is. I'm eage to read his latest book, The Big Burn. ...more
By John (Washington, DC) · ★★★☆☆ · February 27, 2015
In anticipation of an upcoming trip to the Seattle area, I picked up this book at a used bookstore after having read about it online. I was hoping for a kind of pre-vacation vacation, and the book delivered with a wide-ranging tour of the region's diverse landscapes.

Egan draws the region's border... ...more
By Leonard (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · April 16, 2012
A must read for anyone who lives here, particularly newcomers. Egan's selection great stories and characters from the Pacific Northwest and the masterful way in which he weaves those threads into a beautiful tale is what makes this a tough book to put down. ...more
By Derek · ★★★★☆ · September 29, 2013
Good way to start learning about the known natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. ...more