- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Shearwater; 2nd Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597263923
- ISBN-13: 978-1597263924
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Renowned anthropologist Wade Davis shows us how preserving the diversity of the world's cultures and spiritual beliefs is just as important as preserving our endangered plants, insects, and animals. In this collection of personal essays, Davis tells of dramatic personal adventures during which he visits and often lives with indigenous communities in the remote regions of the world. He offers reports of toad-smoking shamanistic journeys in the Amazon forests, tracking an elusive cloud leopard in the mountains of Tibet, and a soulful lament for the lost American buffalo.
Although he has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones, Davis has far more integrity. His stories are not in service to self-glorification, but rather to one resounding theme:
If there is one lesson I have drawn from my travels, it is that cultural and biological diversity are far more than the foundation of stability; they are an article of faith, a fundamental truth that indicates the way things are supposed to be.... There is a fire burning over the Earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures, languages, ancient skills, and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame and reinventing the poetry of diversity is the most important challenge of our times.--Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Davis, who holds a Harvard Ph.D. in ethnobotany and degrees in biology and anthropology, is also a prolific writer (e.g., One River, LJ 7/96). His current work is an eclectic collection of essays, some previously published, dealing with topics that include hallucinogenic plants (of which he partakes), toad licking, disappearing rain forests, Haitian voudoun, and the elusive clouded leopard. While at first glance these may not seem related, an overall appreciation for native cultures and for the natural world is evident throughout. Davis is straightforward and clear but not quite spellbinding. Still, this enjoyable read takes the armchair traveler to places few have written about. Recommended for all travel collections.?Kathleen A. Shanahan, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The subtitle: "Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire" hints at the depth and width of the stories and essays in this book, as if intended to be the `back story' of Wade's wonderful pictorial book: "Light at the Edge of the World ~ A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures."
Check out Shadows in the Sun for yourself... see if you are not just as awestruck by Wade Davis' in-depth knowledge of plants, people, language, and culture of Earth's peoples as I am.
As a motivational book, it does well. I just expected something different. Also received a copy with a different jacket than the one pictured.