Here is Nelson's luminously wise account of his exploration of an unnamed island in the Pacific Northwest. This book revises our own relationship with nature, allowing us to observe it and also to participate in it with reverence and a sense of wonder.
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As Richard Nelson guides us, we enter a wilderness of gulls, fish and deer. Offering the spirituality of Native Americans, he offers no Eden, but a rough actuality of nature and man. Nelson reads flawlessly, but the poetry and drama of his writing are flattened by his Midwestern twang. The author is sincere, but the listener, spoiled by film and television narrators, yearns for deeper emotion and drama. Ultimately, it is the words that beguile. The recording is excellent, and the ambient sounds between passages are alluring. S.B.S. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Publishers Weekly:
In his work among Alaskan native peoples, anthropologist Nelson came to admire their relationship with the environment and sought to emulate it. Thus his exploration of an island off the Pacific Northwest coast is a search for a way of belonging to its natural community, to be not only observer, but participant in its life cycle. Nelson tramps through forest and muskeg with his dog; he roams the beaches and chances solitary surfing. His numerous encounters with wildlife are rewarding, both for him and for the reader--here are falcons and bald eagles, brown bears, otters, seals, whales and spawning salmon. Living in an isolated area, Nelson depends on hunting and fishing for food, but he accords each animal he kills the respect taught him by the Alaskan natives. Whether he is describing the remains of a clear-cut forest, a beached whale or a night in a petrel rookery, Nelson gives a notably sensitive portrait of island life.
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Book Description Northsound Music Group Inc, 1988. Audio Book (Cassette). Book Condition: Good. Former library book. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 123527739