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Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant Paperback – June 28, 2010
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― Edward Mendelson
author of The Things That Matter
“A good volume of essays is a collection of aesthetically delightful and prismatically informative prose pieces, each short enough to be read at a sitting. There aren’t many such volumes these days, which is a pity. Jacobs’s Wayfaring is one: it exhibits wit, learning, and an ear for the language, and it will give you new loves while deepening those you already have. Do yourself a favor: buy and read.”
― Paul J. Griffiths
Duke Divinity School
author of Intellectual Appetite
“These essays enthrall, enlighten, ennoble, and entertain. There is nothing unpleasant here, so never mind the title. All of these essays are gems, nothing but delight for mind and soul ― and body, too, if one takes into account the therapeutic value of laughter and sheer delight.”
― Carlos Eire
author of A Very Brief History of Eternity and Waiting for Snow in Havana
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Top Customer Reviews
The essays in this collection are primarily from "Books and Culture" and "First Things," both outstanding publications.
I ordered this book as soon as it came out and read through it in a few sittings. Jacobs and the editors and Eerdmans did a tremendous job selecting the essays. Together they form a sort of mind map of the author, and one easily grasps how interconnected the themes addressed really are. Environmental stewardship, the importance of story, the craft of writing, the beauty of language--these topics and many others are woven throughout the collection.
Perhaps what really made the collection for me was Jacob's dry wit. The calmly devastating prose of "Do-It-Yourself Tradition," "Blessed are the Green of Heart," "A Relgion for Atheists," and "On the Recent Publication of Kahlil Gibran's Collected Works" is worth the price of admission.
But Jacobs is a multifaceted writer, and the essays like "The Youngest Brother's Tale" and "The End of Friendship" are beautiful and insightful reflections, in their different ways, on what it is to be human.
So buy the book already.
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This is a volume of essays about topics as widely varied as Harry Potter, trees, book reviews, blogging, ethics in art and culture, landscaping and The Green Bible. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D Glover
A collection of essays that cover a variety of topics -- some serious, others quite humorous, but all very thoughtful. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Barry Barnett