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Vision of Glory: The Extraordinary Nature of the Ordinary Hardcover – 14 Sep 1972


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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: C.Knight; First Edition edition (14 Sep 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853141509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853141501
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,737,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part 1 begins with physics, the nature of light, science and imagination; Part 2 covers the phenomenon of water, its relation to mankind and its pollution; Part 3 is about trees in the economy of nature, the part that vegetation plays in the world and how it affects human life.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Leadbeater on 1 Sep 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this as a first-year arts student in the seventies, interested in engaging with science. The experience of reading it, in post-exam freedom, never left me and I promised myself that I would reread it later life. It has lost none of its poetry but I can now appreciate it as an heir to Ruskin in attitude and linguistic style and, since its original components were written shortly after WW2, as helping create the literature of the green movement.

It articulates a secular sense of awe at the natural world (and the power of the small over time and in aggregation), outrage at the despoilation of pre-settlement America and warns of the revenge of the natural - a proto-Gaia theory.

I recommend it. You wouldn't get a book written in quite this style now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The book reader on 22 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on a whim (in 1973 or 1974?), but found it extremely hard to get into. All of a sudden I was faced with some long train journeys, and almost as a last resort took it with me. My goodness, what an experience! Thirty-five years later the specifics have left me, but the feeling I had back then of wantng to jump up and shout about this book have remained deeply ingrained. Although I can't pin down the essence of it, and can no longer say with any certainty if it is still relevant, it made a HUGE impression on me. I've never forgotten reading it, so maybe it will be worth your while to do the same.
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