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Gary Snyder
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16 Dec 2010
In 10 captivatingly meditative essays - including a new, previously unpublished essay - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Gary Snyder explores the ideas of Buddhism, wildness and the lessons that can be learnt from nature and the planet. First published in 1990, these essays stand as the mature centrepiece of Snyder's work and thought and are widely accepted as one of the central 20th century texts on the interaction of nature and culture.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: COUNTERPOINT (16 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158243638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582436388
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Japher Ryder 7 Aug 2013
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First came across him in Keroauc's Dharma Bums and was intrigued by the character. In Dharma Bums he is called japher Ryder. I was fortunate to pick up a couple of his poetry books in the late'70's in Berkely - was even offered the opportunity to meet him as he was in the bookshop - as he was browsing ( & I too shy) I to my regret said no. One of the great unsung 20th century thinkers. I urge everyone to read Snyder
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poet As Essayist 26 Mar 2011
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on
This new edition, with a new preface, is as fresh and as important as its initial publication twenty years ago, indeed even more significant, as we are now experiencing the planet's own drive toward the wild with resulting climatic changes. I owned poetry of Gary Snyder, but I was not familiar with his prose. What a profound pleasure is his essays! Erudite, wide-ranging, and spiritual, the various sections look to indigenous peoples, their lore and way of life in comparative balance with the environment, to Snyder's own varied work experiences and sojourn in Japan to study Zen, to discussions of the flora and fauna of the Pacific coast and mountains. He properly distinguishes Nature, wilderness, and wild, and observes how civilization, mainly Western, has increasingly separated humankind from nature and from our animalness. [It is natural for people to create dense cities, differentiate labor, develop complex communications, and apply mathematics; ask a honeybee.] Underlying all the socio-political elements is guidance on grasping and living the deep ecology of existence, of rejoining the wild even while working in business offices and factories. Snyder's introduction of Buddhism is not its philosophies, nor its details of practices, but its lessons of practical living. Reading this book will give pause and help reconsider one's life and societal direction. It will help find beauty in the familiar and joy in wild weeds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very inspiring book 31 July 2012
By Jaime Axel Ruiz - Published on
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The Practice of the Wild has been for me a revelation. It is not just a book about environment but a collection of texts and thoughts, including useful historical references about Nature , that enlarge our comprehension of the way we deal with the world. It helps us to behave in life, in our relations with other people, with plants, with animals. But it is not a book of self-help. It is poetry and inspiration, knowledge and conscience.
Snyder does not pretend to give us a formula, to impose a theory or a corpus of doctrine, he just shares his thoughts and experiences, and it is very well written.
I marked many pages with post-it because it is a book worth to be read again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic reborn. 10 Feb 2014
By Justina of the Wild - Published on
I had read this book quite a many years ago, but once I learned of its new edition I read it again and was not disappointed. In the past 20 years since its original publication, the only book about nature that even compares was THIS SIDE OF A WILDERNESS, albeit that title was a fictional journey about a young man finding peace with his balance of wilderness and society. Snyder's classic is told in the form of essays that both inspire and educate, and above all, make me long for the forest...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful 26 Jun 2012
By Margaret Thompson - Published on
I have not read every essay in this collection, and while I might eventually, you can still benefit from reading it a bit at a time. Snyder is thoughtful and precise in his language, but not a wow-you writer. I liked that actually. I've read a lot about the environment, but still there were some ideas that hit home in a bit deeper ways. His essay on wildness particularly resonated with me, as we forget or try to tame it. But wildness is in all of us. My suggestion is to read these essays when you are in a reflective mood.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Snyder For Secretary of the Interior 17 Aug 2014
By J. L. Parker - Published on
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A must read for anyone interested in conservation. I had read some of the essays in another collection of Snyder's work. I enjoyed rereading the essays I had read before. Some of the essays are very good the rest are excellent. Beside the focus on nature and wilderness, Snyder also explores Buddhist practice from the perspective of someone who has spent time in a Zen monastery in Japan. I think Gary Snyder should be the Secretary of the Interior.
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