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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Aug. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1492148377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492148371
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,347,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Henry Hudson (4 August 1841 – 18 August 1922) was an author, naturalist, and ornithologist.

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By sue firth on 7 Feb. 2013
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I first read this book at school in the 1960's. It beautifully captures a landscape and time in history which is now long gone. Hudson wonderfully describes the characters and way of life in South America at the end of the 19th century from his own experiences as a young man living there. His memories of the rich wildlife, hardships of the time and political tensions are all vividly portrayed in this book. Whilst some of the language is slightly archaic, the book is very readable today, and leaves one feeling nostalgic for all that has been lost in the drive to produce beef cattle to feed North America
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This is a wonderful, evocative book and I think will particularly appeal to readers who know or have spent time in rural Argentina - his description both of the vast emptiness of the Pampas as well as the child-like excitement of the smallest of discoveries are especially well described. There are much weightier issues covered later on but that would be spoiling things. In my opinion an excellently written semi autobiography from a writer who only found real fame later in life. If you have any doubts it was when I bought it a giveaway on Kindle ..
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I've read a few WH Hudson books now because of this book. It's wonderful! Really not my normal genre but it's so captivating and really brings alive his childhood in Argentina back in the 19th century. As with all his books it does ramble in places but don't let that put you off! It's great. :)
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By Paul Adriaanse on 21 Sept. 2011
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yes i am looking forward to visit Argentina in the future !

the book gives a great feeling for the place .
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Far Away and Long Ago 3 Dec. 2011
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Far Away and Long Ago is a beautifully written memoir. I wanted to read it because the author had been a contemporary of my father, who also grew up in Argentina. My father often spoke and wrote of his childhood in Argentina, and the pictures the author paints of life as a child at the turn of the century in Argentina closely parallels my father's stories. I love the descriptions of the people, the animals, the trees... It fills my heart with longing to have been in Argentina during that period. Thank you for a wonderful story that took me away from my everyday life.
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Where the tall Pampas grass grows, you are taken on a voyage seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the wild Argentine plain. Images abound, and characters emerge thrilling the reader and inviting you in to explore this rich environment.
I especially liked the concept of the rich Spanish cattle baron after 100 years of living in the pampas how there were no longer any vegetable gardens and nice aromatic blossoms, as the livestock of all kinds subsequently destroyed all of the frivolities of life. This book is references in Hemmingway's "Garden of Eden".. Thanks for the heads-up Hem!
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An inspiring story, humbling and beautifully told 18 Jan. 2009
By Buenoslibros.es - Published on Amazon.com
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Written in 1918 by this Englishman who tells about his life as a boy in the Argentine Pampas. Filled with intense melancholy -but at the same time joy- that those recollections produce in his memory. Whoever reads this biographical account cannot but adore this man.

He achieves the difficult task of making us readers see nature, wildlife, and human beings with the same eyes as his young and avid ones. He talks a lot about plants and birds, and this to me is the only minus I can find, since I sympathize with his love for nature but cannot go along with his terminology. He describes the people he met and that left in him a greater impact. His family, the daily chores at home and in the fields; but above all we get to feel like a child, to see that far away wilderness with the innocence and vulnerability of a little kid.

However, the book wouldn't have been more than a picturesque story of an English child in the Pampas if it wasn't for the last 3 or 4 chapters. The death of his mother, his illness and the sentence inflicted by the doctors of a short life, the angst of knowing that his beloved nature, trees, birds and all to be lost soon, produces a struggle of faith against the pullings of new-come Darwinism and its partisans. A struggle that millions must have gone through -as the author admits- but I can't think that anybody could describe it so beautifully.

How different those two men must have been: Darwin and Hudson. "Darwin, writing in praise of the gaucho in his Voyage of a Naturalist, says that if a gaucho cuts your throat he does it like a gentleman: even as a small boy I knew better- that he did his business rather like a hellish creature reveling in his cruelty."

Hudson's parents were Protestant Christians, true believers. Not all his brothers inherited the parents' faith: the desire for immortality is not universal, as he mentions. But W.H.Hudson's desire was enough to grant him the faith he so much struggled to retain in the passage from childhood to manhood.

An inspiring story, humbling and beautifully told.
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Put off by the (predictable) racism 2 Dec. 2014
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I found the occasional racism hard going. I realise his views were mild for the time but even so, I couldn't finish it.
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It provides a vivid and beautiful panorama of that region in the 1840s and 1850s ... 10 Aug. 2014
By Hemraj M - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a memoir of Hudson's early life in the vast plains or pampas of Argentina. It provides a vivid and beautiful panorama of that region in the 1840s and 1850s -- the community of English and Spanish sheep farmers and cattle ranchers, the native gauchos or cowboys, the rich varieties of birds and wildlife, etc.
I first read this book in the late 1960s in Guyana while preparing for the GCE 'O' Level exam in English Literature. At that time I didn't find it strange that a non-fiction book would be considered English Literature.
To travelers who plan to visit Argentina, I suggest you take along a copy of "Far Away and Long Ago" to contrast changes in the pampas region.
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