In the 1970s acclaimed British writer Hugh Brody (Maps and Dreams
), spent several years studying the native hunter-gatherer tribes of Canada. In 1997 he joined an institute dedicated to the San Bushmen, the last true hunter-gatherers in Africa. In between he has visited virtually every region on earth inhabited by so-called primitive man.
As a result, few could be better qualified then Brody to write a book about the origins, history and future of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. And, yes, the book is a fund of knowledge about these intriguing peoples: Brody moves from the Saami of Finland to the Australian Aborigines to the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic, comparing and contrasting their allegedly archaic languages and social systems, and wondering where and how they lost out to the farmer who came after.
But what ennobles this book, what makes it more than a worthy, interesting anthropological tract, is Brody's prose style. His lush descriptions of landscape and skilful and sometimes lyrical interweaving of personal experience with history, myth and futurology, leave one with a far profounder concern for the destiny of these precious but endangered societies than 10,000 pages of the most scandalised agitprop. --Sean Thomas
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'Often eloquent, sometimes moving, and always fascinating... Brody's gripping book brings the resourceful intelligence and courage of hunter-gatherers vividly to life.' New Scientist 'The case for the hunter's ethic has never been more persuasively argued than in this wide-ranging, eloquent book.' TLS