A Land

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A pioneering work of modern nature writing; a natural history of the author's beloved British Isles that inhabits a lush territory somewhere between science and poetry.
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A pioneering work of modern nature writing; a natural history of the author's beloved British Isles that inhabits a lush territory somewhere between science and poetry.
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Under the guise of a geological and archaeological history of Great Britain, this book is an extraordinary and brilliantly written meditation on consciousness, evolution, and art. —Robert Finch, coeditor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These ``recollections'' of the geological formation of Britain comprise that rarity--a scientific account written with verve and personable elegance. Archaeologist Hawkes makes riveting as epic fiction the snail's-pace transformation of the island from seabed to tropic to glacial region, from towering mountains to farmland. Along the way, she muses: ``What could be more youthful than England in April? It has taken three thousand million years to create that youthfulness, those fierce young buds and frail eggs . . . .'' In discussing the critical development of life's awareness of itself, she underscores her view of the close links between prehistory and civilization: ``Nothing but some fifteen hundred million years separates the first pieces of life from Proust,'' whom she envisions as a ``naked nerve at the centre of a trembling web of remembered consciousness.'' In conclusion, she denounces the ravages wreaked by massive industrialization on both the land and the human spirit and mounts an eloquent plea for a return to a holistic philosophy. This welcome reissue of a work originally published in 1952 and long out of print includes a map of Britain, not seen by PW . (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807085110
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/28/1991
  • Series: Concord Library Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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