- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143122940
- ISBN-13: 978-0143122944
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 212 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Very much a contemporary biologist in his familiarity with genetics and population ecology, he also has the voracious synthetic imagination of a 19th-century naturalist. ...a sensitive writer, conjuring with careful precision the worlds he observes and delighting the reader with insightful turns of phrase." The Wall Street Journal.
"...as beautiful a book as I've read in years...I can't remember the last time I encountered so much spiritual wisdom, ecological intelligence and contagious love for the grandeur of life..." Chattanooga Times Free Press.
"Brimming with sensual details, when Haskell's modest patch of turf removes its glasses, it's as sexy as Marian the Librarian." Atlanta Journal and Constitution.
"An extraordinary, intimate view of life... Exceptional observations of the biological world..." Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review for "books of remarkable merit."
"Mixing poetry with natural history, he follows subtle scientific threads...to conclusions of gratifying breadth." Conservation Magazine.
"Haskell leads the reader into a new genre of nature writing, located between science and poetry, in which the invisible appear, the small grow large, and the immense complexity and beauty of life are more clearly revealed."
(E. O. Wilson, Harvard University )
"David Haskell trains his eye on a single square meter of Cumberland Plateau, and manages in the process to see the whole living planet as clearly as any writer in many years. Each chapter will teach you something new!"
(Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet )
"In the style of Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Thoreau, David Haskell has capture the beauty and intricacy of evolution in these pages. For those who are looking for inspiration to spend more time in the wild, this book is the perfect companion. Haskell's vast knowledge of the forest and all its creatures is the perfect guide to exploring wilderness. The prose is a perfect match for the poetic tranquillity found through the study of nature. A true naturalist's manifesto."
(Greg Graffin, author of Anarchy Evolution )
“…a welcome entry in the world of nature writers. He thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist.” The New York Times
About the Author
David Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of the natural world. He is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South and a Guggenheim Fellow. His 2012 book The Forest Unseen was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and won the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, the National Outdoor Book Award, and the Reed Environmental Writing Award. Along with his scholarly research, he has published essays, op-eds, and poetry.
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I feel this book certainly deserves five stars. But I could see how it may not be as appreciated by those who like their nature guides straight up, without metaphorical flourishes. Younger readers come to mind. In this regard, the quotation on the front cover claiming that it represents a new genre of poetic nature writing seems a little stretched. Haskell certainly looks at the forest in a way similar to Bernd Heinrich and Diana Beresford-Kroeger, for example. However, his prose is more artful than that of the former, and his observations more grounded and detailed than those of the latter, who’s The Global Forest I have admired in another review. It may not be a new genre, but I look forward to it growing.
One gripe I have about it is that I wished there was more visual aid. Perhaps a companion web site or more visual information in the book itself. Often I found myself reading next to my laptop so that I can look up the things the author was talking about.