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The Star Thrower Paperback – September 26, 1979
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And so I did.
The title initially intrigued me, but my interest was held by the poetic quality to Eiseley's stories. Seeing the natural world through his eyes is a departure into another realm. His words cast new light onto seemingly simple ideas in nature. He sees a moth pass by while watching an outdoor opera and wonders, "whose is the real play?" Eiseley's writings capture the sheer beauty and innocence of nature. Only he can turn a chance encounter in the woods with a fox into a spiritual event. Only he can gain confidence by coming across a web-spinning spider: "the mind, it came to me as I slowly descended the ladder, is a very remarkable thing; it has gotten a kind of courage by looking at a spider in a street lamp."
So I shall give the simple advice I have been given: read it.
Eiseley writes intimately of his natural encounters, and we get a feeling that he is a rare man who felt somewhat out of place in the busy, fallible human world, and dwelled more along the indistinct boundary whose edges blur first into the natural world and then into the world we have made our own. An old adage has often gone "Every minute is precious" and Eiseley holds to this with an energy that turns every second, be it spent on a balcony bathed in early morning sunlight, or watching the jeweled webs of a spider into an infinitely precious memory never to be forgotten.
This is without a doubt one of the most lyrical and insightful works on nature that you will ever read. If you are an avid naturalist you will be even more appreciative of all things that grow when you have finished reading this book. With a flourish of his pen, Eiseley reminds us that there is another life we may live, one where money, which has come to be central to our societies, and the essential human weakness, has no place beside the whisper of leaves drifting to the forest floor and the silken flow of crystal waters.
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Eiseley is one of the most gifted writers of the 20th century. I read him when a young man. As with most of his books that I read, I cannot tell you much about the meaning of it,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David H. Eisenberg
The master. Beautifully observed and imagined stories and poetry written in a voice of calm, clear understand and respect for all things in nature.Published 13 months ago by Mom of
Bought this for the Starfish story. Most of the rest is a bit too fluffy for my taste.Published 20 months ago by PhotoTechGal
To the horror of my Sierra Club friends I found this book dated, sexist, romantic gibberish.Published 21 months ago by Donna Fricke
Wordy and pedantic. I am sure there are people who appreciate his writing style, but I am not one of those.Published 23 months ago by Literate1
The book - for being used and "old" is in excellent condition. The vendor shipped quickly, described the item accurately. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Deb
Dr. Eiseley was a very wise man. His thoughts have helped shape my view on the world. Valuable for anyone hoping to understand the world around them.Published on April 21, 2014 by Michael Lee Tetwiler
Wake up your brain with this wonderful book! It is a compilation of Eisley's writings, so it easy to pick and choose what you want to read according to your mood. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Gayle Nemeth