2 More Books Every Nature-Lover Should Read
– by Gary Marks
Nature books, some love them, some loathe them.
I’ve always loved the ones that have a common thread throughout the book, or authors who can weave a great story.
The previous 3 books were about gaining knowledge to your surrounding and how nature has changed from an “outside” society to an “inside” society. This time we look at two books that tell great stories of people confronting nature and the stories they take away.
Ah, Abbey. He’s a breath of fresh air after you finish reading the classics like Thoreau or Muir.
Abbey is gritter, more outspoken, a troublemaker, and a master storyteller.
Most of his non-fiction books are short independent chapters, that somehow all relate to each other. To me he is the voice of the Western Deserts and has fueled my passion to explore our “American Wastelands”.
Some of his views can be over the top and some of his writings, especially his fiction, suggest inappropriate ways to regain nature, but love him or hate him, he definitely can not be ignored.
- This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places. Every man, every women, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.
- We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there.
- …You can’t see anything from a car; you’ve got to get out of the **** contraption and walk, better yet craw, on hand and knees,…
If you have only seen the movie, shake that bad memory from you mind. The book is well worth the read.
Krakauer takes us not only on the unprepared, and ill-fated adventure of Chris McCandless, but on his own personal journey. Krakauer is a journalist and an excellent storyteller.
I found myself shaking my head on how reckless an individual can be, but found a part of myself in McCandless. He held on to an adventure that many dream about, but few act upon.
- The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.
- Its not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong
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