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"The Klamath Knot is a classic work of natural history, a wondrous meditation through time and space, and an intimate portrait of a miraculous stretch of land, forest, and mountain as botanically rich as any place in North America, as ecologically vital and important as any place on the planet."and#151;Wade Davis, author of One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest

"In Wallace's hands, evolution is never mechanical or abstract; it is always seen operating in particular sites and species. As a stylist and a thinker Wallace is in a select class of writers who make science into literature."and#151;Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia

"For those of us who like David Rains Wallace's writing, it is good news indeed that his much-admired The Klamath Knot is back in print."and#151;Sue Hubbell, author of Waiting for Aphrodite: Journeys into the Time Before Bones

"A classic of natural history which will take its place alongside Walden and A Sand County Almanac."and#151;G. Ledyard Stebbins, author of Variation and Evolution in Plants

"The Klamath Knot is a marvelous book, one of the finest nature essays I have read, beautifully written, full of stimulating ideas and insights."and#151;George B. Schaller, author of The Last Panda

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [165]-167).

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Winner of the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing, the Commonwealth Club Silver Medal for Literature 1984, and named one of the twentieth century's best nonfiction books by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Klamath Knot, originally published by Sierra Club Books in 1983, is a personal vision of wilderness in the Klamath Mountains of northwest California and southwest Oregon, seen through the lens of "evolutionary mythology." David Rains Wallace uses his explorations of the diverse ecosystems in this region to ponder the role of evolution and myth in our culture. The author's new epilogue makes a case for the creation of a new park to safeguard this exceptionally rich storehouse of relict species and evolutionary stories, which has largely been bypassed by conservationists since John Muir.

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David Rains Wallace is the author of over a dozen books, including The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Greatest Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age (1999), The Monkey's Bridge: Mysteries of Evolution in Central America (1997), and The Quetzal and the Macaw: The Story of Costa Rica's National Parks (1992).

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TKS, December 21, 2012 (view all comments by TKS)
Gorgeous writing merges myth, philosophy, and natural science to create what may be the best articulation of what a particular place really MEANS. It's a slim volume, but the content is packed in tight - no fluff here. This is not to say that it's hard to read; the essay(s?) unfurl seamlessly. It's a wonderful read, and a wonderful set of ideas and starting-points to carry around in your mind afterward.
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Jerilyn, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Jerilyn)
In David Wallace’s beautifully writte book “The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution,” he intertwines myth and science while describing the complex landscape of the Klamath Mountains. He uses a description of the creation of a mountain range to delve into evolution as creation myth. Wallace’s evolutionary mythology is “less orderly than some. It may be chaotic and devious…” (Wallace 2003, 16). He weaves the story of life into epochs named for the universal elements of rock, water, trees and grass. While his beautiful descriptions urge the reader to visit this mountain range, this mixing of science and myth can indeed be chaotic and devious.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520236592
Author:
Wallace, David Rains
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Klamath Mountains
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Natural history - K
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Number:
20
Edition Description:
First Edition, Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Series Volume:
no. 16-18
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
167
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 9 oz

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Winner of the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing, the Commonwealth Club Silver Medal for Literature 1984, and named one of the twentieth century's best nonfiction books by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Klamath Knot, originally published by Sierra Club Books in 1983, is a personal vision of wilderness in the Klamath Mountains of northwest California and southwest Oregon, seen through the lens of "evolutionary mythology." David Rains Wallace uses his explorations of the diverse ecosystems in this region to ponder the role of evolution and myth in our culture. The author's new epilogue makes a case for the creation of a new park to safeguard this exceptionally rich storehouse of relict species and evolutionary stories, which has largely been bypassed by conservationists since John Muir.
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