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Possessing the soul of a poet and the voice of a troubadour, Moore writes luminous essays about what it means to love a place not in the glib way one "loves" a cold drink on a hot day but passionately, a love that is so deep, so ingrained, it must be encoded in one's DNA. A university philosophy professor, Moore brings a refined sensibility to a worldview so precise that it can focus appreciatively on the delicate ballet of microorganisms swimming in a tidal pool, so expansive that it can relate that ballet to the ecology of the world as a whole. The paradox of an island, as Moore observes with elegiac remorse and wonder, is its apparent isolation, a solitude that conceals a teeming universe relentlessly threatened precisely because it remains unseen. Moore, with graceful insight and lyrical eloquence, reveals worlds that dare not be missed, revels in the joy of their discovery, and extols the rewards of their stewardship. Carol Haggas
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"...lyrically coaxes the moral, environmental themes from her nature narratives...Moore builds poignant and passionate arguments." -- News-Sun, August 5, 2004
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Product Details

  • Series: The World As Home
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions; First Trade Paper Edition edition (November 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571312811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571312815
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William S Jamison VINE VOICE on July 12, 2006
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This reminds me of "The Web of Life : A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems" by Fritjof Capra as well as his previous book "The Turning Point" on which the movie "Mindwalk" (by Bernt Amadeus Capra, with Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, and John Heard) was based. The difference is this book is not written by a physicist but by a philosopher whose engagement with her family and her environs is done in beautiful prose. Even an island is not an island.
What does it mean to love a person? What does it mean to love a place? The list (p. 35) is interesting and so both are similar. How many things I must love according to this list! But even though they all fit, would I say I really love my car? I suppose I am spoiled by C.S. Lewis' "The Four Loves" which I think gives us some wonderful ways of discriminating among different "loves" and keeping them clearly different in our minds. I suppose the issue would be in the degree of love -- number nine "desperately".
My favorite piece was about the bird hiding the nut in the backyard. What a great ending!
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Kathleen Dean Moore may be a philosopher, but as an ecologist and a closet theologian, she explores some of the biggest questions that we, as humans, face. She is also a poet, and writes in a way that touched my heart and yes, my soul, in a way that had me ordering all of her books before I was halfway through with this one. Wild Comfort, Riverwalking and Holdfast all captured my mind and heart, and I found myself falling in love with the places that she explored, the people who accompanied her on her inquiry, and the inquiry itself. This is not my normal genre of reading material, but since reading Pine Island Paradox (actually I've read it about five times now) I am in seach of anything that comes even close to her writing. Buy this book. You're in for a real treat.
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I expect books by philosophers to be made up of closely reasoned logical arguments, not poetic descriptions of deeply felt personal encounters with nature. I find I much prefer the latter! Not that there isn't some philosophizing going on, but the power of the arguments derive from the poetry and the emotions. This is incandescent writing, and I wanted to share practically every paragraph with my friends - and in fact there will be several Christmas stockings stuffed with this little book this year. My only disappointment is that, although she makes a case for an emotional connection to place being as important as our attachment to family, she doesn't seem to come up with a prescription for making that connection more universal in our sadly disconnected world. Unless it's simply sharing our love of nature directly with as many people as possible. I suppose that's a start.
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By Ann Ueda on October 23, 2004
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I had the pleasure of briefly meeting the author, Kathleen Dean Moore, and listening to her read a (too) brief selection of pieces from The Pine Island Paradox, her latest collection of essays. I was so moved by her approach to her work (she is co-founder and Director of The Spring Creek Project, devoted to expanding the connections between the environment, philosophy, and words) and her writing that I ran right out and bought this book.

I was not disappointed a bit. Ms. Moore has a gift for observations of the natural world and the ways western philosophy
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I love reading all of Kathleen Dean Moore's books. I usually read them over again at least once a year. She is a master at describing the miraculous mysteries of this earth and challenges us to see them too.
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This book is a lyrical apology for an environmental ethic. Some of the essays are breathtakingly beautiful, with beauty being rather unexpected in the context of ethics. I recommend it highly.
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