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The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands, and Indigenous Peoples Me et Hardcover – March 17, 2011
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"Linden is a well-versed guide to complex ecosystems and remote cultures. . . . His recollections are vivid." — The New Yorker
"From Borneo to sub-Saharan Africa . . . firsthand accounts by a veteran environmental journalist." — Oprah.com (18 Books to Watch)
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Linden has long been a journalist, beginning in the Vietnam war and since then specializing in environmental journalism. The Ragged Edge of the World is a series of vignettes about the places he has visited over his career. He enthralls the reader with stories of indigenous people, endangered species and their fragility and strengths in facing encroaching civilization, pollution and global warming.
Linden touches on several issues of concern in this book, one being the loss of indigenous knowledge:
"Tim mentioned a story he'd heard about the Penans, the last hunting and gathering tribe that still pursued a nomadic lifestyle in the highlands of Borneo. He explained that while those in the highlands would hunt wild boar timed to the appearance of a particular butterfly, their children away at school in the towns were already forgetting this tidbit of local knowledge. They might vaguely remember that their uncle would pay attention to this butterfly, but they couldn't say why he cared about it, or which kind of butterfly it was. While such knowledge might seem trivial, Tim noted that the relationship between the butterfly and the boar might be liked to the fruiting pattern of a rainforest tree, and such ecological connections could be invaluable to scientist trying to understand the dynamics and vulnerabilities of the local ecosystem.Read more ›
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a must-read for environmental and anthropology minded readers.Published 16 months ago by Dale Greene
...so I cannot review it except to say that the other book by the same author which I got at the same time was wonderful, so I expect the same wisdom and humor in thia one.Published on December 22, 2013 by Gerald Gammell