The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited



It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
  1. $11.90 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$10.50
List price: $16.00
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside - Bldg. 2 Nature Studies- General

More copies of this ISBN

The Wild Places (Penguin Original)

by

The Wild Places (Penguin Original) Cover

ISBN13: 9780143113935
ISBN10: 0143113933
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $10.50!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the father of English nature writing: a superb selection of essays about rural England in the 1800s, with an introduction by the celebrated writer Richard Mabey

Richard Jefferies was the most important and imaginative observers of the natural world in the nineteenth century. Trekking across the English countryside, he recorded his responses to everything from the texture of an owl's feather and 'noises in the air' to the grinding hardship of rural labor.

 

This fantastic selection of his essays and articles shows a writer who is brimming with intense feeling, acutely aware of the land and those who work on it, and often ambivalent about the countryside. Who does it belong to? Is it a place, an experience, or a way of life? In these passionate and idiosyncratic writings, almost all our current ideas and concerns about rural life can be found.

Celebrated nature writer Richard Mabey's introduction to his selection of Jefferies' work discusses the author's life, his views on the paradoxes of rural life, and his place in the tradition of nature writers, and helps us see Jefferies in a whole new way.

Review:

"In this eloquent travelogue, Macfarlane (Mountains of the Mind) explores the last undomesticated landscapes in Britain and Ireland in a narration that blends history, memoir and meditation. Macfarlane journeys to salt marshes, mountaintops, forests, beaches, constantly expanding and refining his understanding of wildness. Walking a Lake District ridge at night, he observes that 'with the stars falling plainly far above, it seemed to me that our estrangement from the dark was a great and serious loss.' Crossing a moor, he finds its vastness and 'resistance to straight lines of progress' analogous to the inability of mere words to convey a landscape's variety and immensity. Nonetheless, Macfarlane's language is as surprising and precise as his environments, with such evocative phrases as 'heat jellying the air,' 'ice lidded the puddles' and descriptions of birds that 'gild' a tree and the sky as 'a steady tall blue.' His striking prose not only evokes each locale's physicality in sensuous, deliberate detail, it glows with a reverence for nature in general and takes the reader on both a geographical and a philosophical journey, as mind-expanding as any of his wild places. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? That is the question that Macfarlane poses to himself as he embarks on a series of breathtaking journeys through some of the archipelago's most remarkable landscapes. Illustrated.

Synopsis:

?An eloquent (and compulsively readable) reminder that, though we?re laying waste the world, nature still holds sway over much of the earth?s surface.?

?Bill McKibben

Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? That is the question that Robert Macfarlane poses to himself as he embarks on a series of breathtaking journeys through some of the archipelago?s most remarkable landscapes. He climbs, walks, and swims by day and spends his nights sleeping on cliff-tops and in ancient meadows and wildwoods. With elegance and passion he entwines history, memory, and landscape in a bewitching evocation of wildness and its vital importance. A unique travelogue that will intrigue readers of natural history and adventure, The Wild Places solidifies Macfarlane?s reputation as a young writer to watch.

About the Author

Robert Macfarlane is a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His first book, Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit, won a number of prizes in England and was a New York Times Notable Book. He has contributed to numerous publications including The Times Literary Supplement and The London Review of Books.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

LOREEN, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by LOREEN)
Mcfarlane was able to bring a great deal of literary style to his adventure memoir about his quest to find 'wild' places in Great Britain. His writing inspired me as I wrote A 1000-MILE WALK ON THE BEACH last year.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143113935
Author:
Macfarlane, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
MacFarlane, Robert
Author:
McFarlane, Robert
Author:
Jefferies, Richard
Author:
Mabey, Richard
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Wilderness areas
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Great Britain Description and travel.
Subject:
Ireland Description and travel.
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Original
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos throughout
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Listening Point (Fesler-Lampert... New Trade Paper $15.95
  2. A Man's Life: Dispatches from... Used Hardcover $10.50
  3. The Myth of Mental Illness:... Used Trade Paper $5.50
  4. Unaccustomed Earth
    Used Hardcover $3.95
  5. Apples and Oranges: My Brother and... Used Hardcover $4.50
  6. Fallen Giants: A History of... Used Hardcover $17.50

Related Subjects


Science and Mathematics » Biology » Reference
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Travel » Europe » Great Britain
Travel » Europe » Ireland
Travel » Travel Writing » General

The Wild Places (Penguin Original) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$10.50 In Stock
Product details 336 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143113935 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this eloquent travelogue, Macfarlane (Mountains of the Mind) explores the last undomesticated landscapes in Britain and Ireland in a narration that blends history, memoir and meditation. Macfarlane journeys to salt marshes, mountaintops, forests, beaches, constantly expanding and refining his understanding of wildness. Walking a Lake District ridge at night, he observes that 'with the stars falling plainly far above, it seemed to me that our estrangement from the dark was a great and serious loss.' Crossing a moor, he finds its vastness and 'resistance to straight lines of progress' analogous to the inability of mere words to convey a landscape's variety and immensity. Nonetheless, Macfarlane's language is as surprising and precise as his environments, with such evocative phrases as 'heat jellying the air,' 'ice lidded the puddles' and descriptions of birds that 'gild' a tree and the sky as 'a steady tall blue.' His striking prose not only evokes each locale's physicality in sensuous, deliberate detail, it glows with a reverence for nature in general and takes the reader on both a geographical and a philosophical journey, as mind-expanding as any of his wild places. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? That is the question that Macfarlane poses to himself as he embarks on a series of breathtaking journeys through some of the archipelago's most remarkable landscapes. Illustrated.
"Synopsis" by ,
?An eloquent (and compulsively readable) reminder that, though we?re laying waste the world, nature still holds sway over much of the earth?s surface.?

?Bill McKibben

Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? That is the question that Robert Macfarlane poses to himself as he embarks on a series of breathtaking journeys through some of the archipelago?s most remarkable landscapes. He climbs, walks, and swims by day and spends his nights sleeping on cliff-tops and in ancient meadows and wildwoods. With elegance and passion he entwines history, memory, and landscape in a bewitching evocation of wildness and its vital importance. A unique travelogue that will intrigue readers of natural history and adventure, The Wild Places solidifies Macfarlane?s reputation as a young writer to watch.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.