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A Language Older Than Words
     

A Language Older Than Words

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by Derrick Jensen
 

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At once a beautifully poetic memoir and an exploration of the various ways we live in the world, A Language Older Than Words explains violence as a pathology that touches every aspect of our lives and indeed affects all aspects of life on Earth. This chronicle of a young man's drive to transcend domestic abuse offers a challenging look at our worldwide

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At once a beautifully poetic memoir and an exploration of the various ways we live in the world, A Language Older Than Words explains violence as a pathology that touches every aspect of our lives and indeed affects all aspects of life on Earth. This chronicle of a young man's drive to transcend domestic abuse offers a challenging look at our worldwide sense of community and how we can make things better.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Singular, compelling and courageously honest, this book is more than just a poignant memoir of a harrowingly abusive childhood. It relates the extraordinary journey of one man striving to save his own spirit and our planet's. Comparing his physically and sexually abusive father's destruction of his family with humankind's systematic destruction of civilization, New York Times Magazine contributor Jensen (Listening to the Land) tells a story about the hope for regeneration in a landscape of human and natural desolation. Throughout, Jensen mobilizes his experiences as student, teacher, environmentalist, beekeeper, high jumper, abused child and survivor to delve deeper inside his own wounded psyche while condemning the constrictions of a culture that fosters abuse. In lyrical prose, Jensen calls for accountability and urges people "to live in dynamic equilibrium with the rest of the world." Rather than na vely proposing an answer to the ills of modernity, he demonstrates the complexity of the problems by examining an array of environmental and sociopolitical atrocities, including the Holocaust, and what he sees as the reckless production of plutonium to further space exploration and the maltreatment of indigenous peoples by self-serving neighbors. His visceral, biting observations always manage to lead back to his mantra: "Things don't have to be the way they are." Jensen's book accomplishes the rare feat of both breaking and mending the reader's heart. 15,000 first printing; 10-city author tour. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603581820
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
418
Sales rank:
695,750
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Derrick Jensen is the prize-winning author of A Language Older than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, Listening to the Land, Strangely Like War, Welcome to the Machine, and Walking on Water. He was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, which cited The Culture of Make Believe as "a passionate and provocative meditation on the nexus of racism, genocide, environmental destruction and corporate malfeasance, where civilization meets its discontents." He writes for The New York Times Magazine, Audubon, and The Sun Magazine among many others.  He is an environmental activist and lives on the coast of northern California.

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A Language Older than Words 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a book. Jansen takes what he has learned as an abused child and draws some extremely valuable lessons about our culture and society. This book has changed my life. I'd recommend it for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If this book doesn't change your views on the ecology, re-read it. Derrick Jensen strips away the rhetoric and places the focus exactly where it belongs - changes are not only needed, they're required if we intend to leave our children an inhabitable planet. Don't just read this, pass it around
Kiana38 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I absolutely love it!! I would recommend this book to anyone. The thigns it talks about are so true and it makes you sit there and really think about your life and how you are living it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book i thought i would be just about the author and what he wnet threw when he was a kid. But when i got into the book i realized that i just wasn't about him. Derrick had done some research and found information about other stories. Some of these stories were interesting but others won't. At first i didn't get why he would put this in his book, but then i realized that they all had meanings to them. Some of these stories were kind of gross like the one about the dogs. They made me sad and made. I guess all these stories kind of showed that people do bad things even though they don't think they are bad. When you were reading about what Derricks father had done to him, it painted such a clear picutre, and it was like you could almost see what was going on when you were reading. Overall this was a good book. It really makes you think how good of life you have, and for some how crappy theres are.