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Go Down, Moses
Go Down, Moses
by William Faulkner
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars City of Man, City of Nature, February 8, 2007
This review is from: Go Down, Moses (Paperback)
The Southern landscape of field and swamp and woods becomes a prominent character throughout these rich, complex stories. Indeed, I'd imagine most of Go Down, Moses could provocatively serve an environmental history class. 'Pantaloon In Black' is perhaps my favorite here; this haunting tale, full of powerful, archetypal imagery, is mentioned far less often than some of the other, more well-known works, but it struck me immediately. 'The Bear,' with that sprawling coda tackling humankind's relationship with the land, is rather a reading experience unto itself.

The Tree Where Man Was Born (Classic, Nature, Penguin)
The Tree Where Man Was Born (Classic, Nature, Penguin)
by Peter Matthiessen
Edition: Paperback
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendent Prose, February 8, 2007
This is one my very favorite of Matthiessen's impressive canon, ranking easily with Far Tortuga and The Snow Leopard. Indeed, I think some of the passages in The Tree Where Man Was Born might surpass the stunning Himalaya descriptions in the latter book. Matthiessen's eye for landscapes is unparalleled, and his lyric evocations of beast and horizon have an otherworldly quality. A prime example, and one to look out for, is his account of finding rhinoceros tracks on the high volcanic slopes of Mt. Lengai. Another highlight are his crystalline observations of ecological moments during a vigil atop an East African kopje.

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