When I saw this book on the new book shelf at my local library, I knew I had to read it. The cover absolutely had me sold on giving this book a read. And I am SO happy I did.
Taking us from pole to pole, Barry Lopez gives us his most far-ranging yet personal work to date in a book that moves through six regions of the world: from western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galapagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, the ice shelves of Antarctica.
Lopez also probes the long history of our quests and explorations, including the Paleoeskimos who trekked across Northern Canada, the colonialists who plundered central Africa, and Enlightenment-era Englishman who sailed the Pacific, a Native American emissary who found his way into Japan during the time of the shoguns and today’s ecotourists in the tropics. Along the way, Lopez searches for meaning and purpose in a broken world.
The book is written in a lyrical, vivid and capacious tone, voicing concern and frustration along with humanity and hope. This book is a crowning achievement by one of the world’s most necessary voices.
I loved this book and will be reading and re-reading it over the next months and years. I decided to purchase my very own copy.