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In Parenthesis
by David Jones (Mar 01, 2003)
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Categories: PoetryFiction
"This writing has to do with some things I saw, felt, and was part of": with quiet modesty, David Jones begins a work that is among the most powerful imaginative efforts to grapple with the carnage of the First World War, a book celebrated by W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot as one of the masterpieces of modern literature. Fusing poetry and prose, gutter ...
Robert Macfarlane
Jul 13, 2020
@rs_sparks @nyrbclassics Utterly body-shiveringly astonishing book. The bestowing of the garlands upon the dead by the Queen of the Woods in Part 7 leaves me speechless, shaken by its tenderness, again, still & always.     source
A Journey Through Trees
by Roger Deakin (Dec 01, 2010)
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Here, published for the first time in the United States, is the last book by Roger Deakin, famed British nature writer and icon of the environmentalist movement. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the "fifth element" -- as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls -- the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Euro...
Robert Macfarlane
Feb 13, 2020
@OliverPyle @emergence_zine Wildwood is such a special book. The brilliant illustrations in this new @emergence_zine version of the apple-chapter are by Naï Zakharia. She's caught the atmosphere so well, I think.     source
The Hungry Tide
A Novel
by Amitav Ghosh (Jun 07, 2006)
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Categories: Fiction
Off the easternmost corner of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans, where settlers live in fear of drowning tides and man-eating tigers. Piya Roy, a young American marine biologist of Indian descent, arrives in this lush, treacherous landscape in search of a rare species of river dolphin an...
Robert Macfarlane
Feb 02, 2020
@srijanapiya17 @GhoshAmitav It’s a brilliant book. One I have both read and taught here in Cambridge.     source
How Forests Think
Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human
by Eduardo Kohn (Aug 09, 2013)
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Can forests think? Do dogs dream? In this astonishing book, Eduardo Kohn challenges the very foundations of anthropology, calling into question our central assumptions about what it means to be humanand thus distinct from all other life forms. Based on four years of fieldwork among the Runa of Ecuadors Upper Amazon, Eduardo Kohn draws on his rich e...
Robert Macfarlane
Jan 26, 2020
@polarbearish Kohn's book is challenging, fascinating. Worth seeking out and spending time with.     source
the road north
by Ken Cockburn (Oct 15, 2014)
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the road north is a word-map of Scotland, composed by Alec Finlay & Ken Cockburn as they travel through their homeland, guided by the Japanese poet Basho, whose Osu-no-Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) is one of the masterpieces of travel literature. Ken and Alec left Edo (Edinburgh) on May 16, 2010 - the very same date that Basho and his c...
Robert Macfarlane
Oct 29, 2019
@kencockburn @IanBuckley4 @HansBalmes The Road North is a remarkable book -- one I return to, and teach with, often. Thank you for it, Ken.     source
A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet
by Will Hunt (Jan 29, 2019)
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Categories: NonfictionHistory
A panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape, from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear bunkers and ancient underground citiesan exploration of the history, science, architecture, and mythology of the worlds beneath our feetWhen Will Hunt was sixteen years old, he discovered an abandoned tunnel that ran beneath his house ...
Robert Macfarlane
Oct 13, 2019
@DavesBikeShed @willhunt__ Yes! Will’s book is fantastic. We tunnelled convergingly, unbeknownst to one another...     source
The Ascent of Humanity
Civilization and the Human Sense of Self
by Charles Eisenstein (Feb 05, 2013)
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Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. In this landmark book, Eisenstein explains how a disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, m...
Robert Macfarlane
Sep 09, 2019
@garyhusband Yes - I own my grandfather's edition. I used it as a source document while writing Mountains of the Mind. A fascinating book, unexpectedly disclosing.     source