The Immortal Wilderness

The Immortal Wilderness

by John Hay
     
 

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“From the icy coasts of Greenland, to the steaming rainforests of Costa Rica, John Hay’s seasoned eye leads us to the phenomena which bind all life on earth. For Hay, the wilderness is not just some underdeveloped patch of land that escaped the bulldozers opening the paths of progress. It is the underlying health and wealth of this entire planet, the

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“From the icy coasts of Greenland, to the steaming rainforests of Costa Rica, John Hay’s seasoned eye leads us to the phenomena which bind all life on earth. For Hay, the wilderness is not just some underdeveloped patch of land that escaped the bulldozers opening the paths of progress. It is the underlying health and wealth of this entire planet, the “real world” beneath all of civilization’s superficial distractions. It is a world for which John Hay’s rich and pensive writings form one of the best field guides that I know of.” —Gary Nabhan
Focusing on nature as inseparable from the deepest human experience, this book argues that scientific advances cannot substitute for the life of nature.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Hay, author of The Undiscovered Country and other works, here ponders humankind's estrangement from nature. This condition he believes leads to our destruction of nature, and ultimately perhaps of ourselves. The solution can be found only by our associaton with the timeless rhythms of the wilderness. These thoughts are scattered throughout the various chapters on flora, fauna, and natural phenomena primarily in the Northeast, with a few travels further afield. Birds and their behavior play a prominent role. Hay captures the outdoors well, but his philosophical musings are less successful. Recommended only for comprehensive collections. Michael D. Cramer, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ. Lib., Blacksburg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393023855
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1987
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
3.03(w) x 3.03(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

John Hay (1915-2011) was the author of The Run, The Undiscovered Country, The Immortal Wilderness, and other books on nature.

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