African Silences by Peter Matthiessen

By Peter Matthiessen

African Silences is a strong and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African panorama and its natural world. during this significantly acclaimed paintings Peter Matthiessen explores new terrain on a continent he has written approximately in past books, A Tree the place guy was once Born -- nominated for the nationwide ebook Award -- and Sand Rivers.

Through his eyes we see elephants, white rhinos, gorillas, and different endangered creatures of the wild. We percentage the drama of the trips themselves, together with a harmful crossing of the continent in a mild aircraft. And alongside the best way, we study of the human lives oppressed by means of bankrupt political regimes and economies, and threatened through the sluggish ecological disaster to which they've got purely all started to rouse.

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Lockwood examines the value that this reaction, akin to fear, may have for humans. While science strives to sanitize our lives, experiences of disgust connect us to our instinctual natures. As much as we would like all our interactions with nature to be clean, safe, and cuddly, “nature . . ” Lockwood asks us to search for value in this experience that both attracts and repels us, revealing our animal natures in all their moral complexity. ” Taken from her book The Pine Island Paradox: Making Connections in a Disconnected World (2004), Moore examines her own encounters with rats and mice and shares moments of guilt and wonder for animals that many people poison without a second thought.

Might they have filled the niche of other avian predecessors before them? They are an echo of the great flocks of passenger pigeons that they will never replace on the landscape except in our imaginations. ” The carp is the quintessential trash fish, an exotic, invasive bottom-­feeder that thrives in polluted environments. Its reputation often clouds the fact that it was introduced in the United States to restock overfished, polluted waters in the wake of manifest destiny. Though the carp industry continues to thrive, the association of carp with trash and marginalized human groups remains.

The symbol shows the wolf that lives inside, and much that it reveals is not only cultural but personal. It connects us to our childhood dreams, to our most basic needs and desires, and to the demonic. In a strange way, the images of hunger around the den did not frighten so much as exhilarate me. Looking at the mouth of the den, I could feel the wolf inside. Like Alice in Wonderland, I had an impulse to crawl in and see Hunger Makes the Wolf the pups—­an irresistible urge to see the wolf face-­to-­face, to confront the beast in its den.

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