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The Practice of the Wild: Essays [Kindle Edition]

Gary Snyder
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Book Description

Gary Snyder has been a major cultural force in America for five decades. Future readers will come to see this book as one of the central texts on wilderness and the interaction of nature and culture. The nine essays in Practice of the Wild reveal that " . . . before ecology became a household work, Snyder understood things about our civilization and economy that no one else was talking about, and he writes about them with great authority and a sinewy line." (The Nation) Snyder has gone on to become one of America’s cultural leaders, as his thought has ranged from political and spiritual matters to matters regarding the environment and the art of becoming native to this continent.


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Snyder writes as a missionary for the spiritual communions of our earth, but his cause is not well served by his own reading of it. From his very first words, Snyder conveys a sense of pedantry. He lectures carefully, speaking in jerky phrases with odd inflections and spaces his frequent lists as if to allow a student time for note-taking. He compounds this feeling by pronouncing foreign expressions, Native American or Oriental with a meticulous accent. Only when a section takes a narrative tone does his speech accelerate to a more conversational pace. This is a difficult type of literature to read without sounding like horatory. S.B.S. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Product Details

  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1593760167
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (January 10, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JSNNQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful look at humans and nature March 25, 2004
Format:Paperback
This book (a series of nine essays) moves a bit slow, but the pacing is perfect for the style of writing. The essays were on nature, the definition and impact of nature, and instead of vitriolic bashing of human's interaction with nature, Snyder shows that we could live in harmony with our sacred places. I reccommend you read the essays one at a time, and take your time with them. They really make you think about how each culture interacts with the region they are in, and how sometimes we do take our relationship to the wild the wrong way. It is both poetic, and scientific, the perfect education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work that will stand the test of time February 15, 2008
By S. Harp
Format:Paperback
I use the essays in The Practice of the Wild in some of the classes I teach. Gary Snyder has a profound sense of place, the wilds, and keen heartfelt vision for the possibilities of our human place in the nature of things. His writings inspires us to deepen our own relationship to self, community, and place... especially in the terrain of the wilds. Like his essays in Turtle Island these essays will stand the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An OUTSTANDING book March 23, 2006
Format:Paperback
Few books about nature excite me; most leave me bored. Snyder's mastery of language and depth of thought create a riveting exploration. I have recommended this book to many people, and all who have read it treasure it.
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