- Hardcover: 317 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (January 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846147484
- ISBN-13: 978-1846147487
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding Hardcover – January 1, 2013
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Feral is his story of why and how he has come to believe that the future for nature conservancy is to stop conserving - to sit back, release the brakes and go on a wild ride with nature in the driving seat. He calls this process 'rewilding'.
'Rewilding recognises that nature consists not just of a collection of species but also of their ever-shifting relationships with each other and with the physical environment. It understands that to keep an ecosystem in a state of arrested development, to preserve it as if it were a jar of pickles, is to protect something which bears little relationship to the natural world.'
He scared me in the first couple of chapters. It seemed as if he had turned into a mini-Welsh version of Crocodile Dundee (Grass-snake Aberystwyth?) as he regaled us with tales of tracking and killing his prey with his bare hands and then eating it raw - it was a mackerel! When he set out to harpoon flounders with a trident, I genuinely thought he'd lost it; and when he became mushily sentimental over initiation rites for an African tribesman that involved tormenting and killing a lion, I nearly gave up on him.
However, the point that he then went on to make eloquently and convincingly is that humanity has lost something precious by its disconnect with the wild world and that we in the UK have taken that disconnect to further extremes than most.Read more ›
Evolution created utterly fantastic masterpieces. The megafauna of the Americas grew to enormous size, in the absence of too-clever two-legged tool addicts. Ground sloths weighed as much as elephants. Beavers were the size of bears. The Argentine roc had a 26-foot wingspan (8 m). All of them vanished between 15,000 and 10,000 years ago, about the time you-know-who arrived, with their state of the art hunting technology.
On a damp gray dawn, the English writer George Monbiot woke up screaming once again. He suffers from a chronic spiritual disease that he calls ecological boredom. Living amidst endless crowds of two-legged strangers can become unbearably unpleasant for sensitive people with minds. Human souls can only thrive in unmolested wildness (the opposite of England). He leaped out of bed, packed his things, and moved to the coast of Wales, where there was more grass than concrete. He hoped that this would exorcise his demons.
They weren't demons. Obviously, ecological boredom is a healthy and intelligent response to the fierce madness of twenty-first century life, and it's curable. What's needed to break this curse is a holy ceremony called rewilding. During five years of country living in Wales, Monbiot wrote Feral, to explain his voyage and vision. It's a 500-decibel alarm clock.
Humans were wild animals for millions of years.Read more ›
What I liked best about the book was that Monbiot didn't fall into a number of intellectual traps which wilderness-oriented folks often fall into. He did a good job of addressing possible criticisms of his point of view, even to the extent of meeting personally with an opponent and presenting the opponent's views with a lot of sympathy. If all controversial positions were put forward with as much caution and qualification as Monbiot lavishes on his position in <i>Feral</i>, we could look forward to better resolutions to all sorts of important contemporary issues.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I usually loveGeorge Monbiots writing. However he makes too many assumptions that others feel like him. I personally don't feel a deep longing for more wildness in my life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jane O'Shea
Recommending to everyone.....desperately needed now....our escape from domestication/captivity of our collapsing monoculture. Was in excellent condition. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marian Harvey
Monbiot gives a series of eloquent, unusually detailed accounts of his little adventures in wilderness areas. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brian Griffith
I really enjoyed reading George Monbiot’s book "Feral". Monbiot’s search—and passion—for the wildness of nature has taken him to some remarkable places as part of his... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Susan Thrasher
Oxford-educated Zoologist and writer George Monbiot takes on the subject of rewilding in his latest book â€œFeralâ€ and makes it real by searching out and documenting practical... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rongo
I had a very difficult time reading and understanding it. The language seems convoluted!Published 22 months ago by Isabel Rimanoczy
A real insightful journey into the landscapes we see around us and the impact we have had on the natural world. Well written, sometimes poetic and beautifully imagined. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by simon tomsett