David Abram

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (92 of 101)
Birthday: 24 Jun
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,954,831 - Total Helpful Votes: 92 of 101
Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths
Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonder of a book, 13 May 2008
An utter wonder of a book, at once vulnerable and ferocious, elegiac and giddy. It's a work that honestly engages the many-voiced vitality of the earth in all its elemental weirdness, a polyphonic fugue written in a style that for once matches the intensity of its topic. Luminously awake, politically astute, without a doubt "Wild" is the expression of a uniquely capacious intelligence, the song of a heart pulsing with compassion for divergent places, plants and creatures as they weather the insanity of contemporary civilization. Yet it's written with abundant empathy for the human animal, too, in our instinctive eloquence and our institutional stupidities. The author's rage sometimes nudges… Read more
Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths
Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonder of a book, 13 May 2008
An utter wonder of a book, at once vulnerable and ferocious, elegiac and giddy. It's a work that honestly engages the many-voiced vitality of the earth in all its elemental weirdness, a polyphonic fugue written in a style that for once matches the intensity of its topic. Luminously awake, politically astute, without a doubt "Wild" is the expression of a uniquely capacious intelligence, the song of a heart pulsing with compassion for divergent places and creatures as they weather the insanity of contemporary civilization. Yet it's written with abundant empathy for the human animal, too, in its instinctive eloquence and its institutional stupidities. The author's rage sometimes nudges her… Read more
Joy of Man's Desiring by Jean Giono
Joy of Man's Desiring by Jean Giono
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This book, and Giono's "Song of the World," are the two of the most beautiful, wise, transformative works of fiction that I know -- even in translation. The human characters in these novels are entirely a part of the breathing earth that enfolds them. And conversely there is no aspect of the land that is not alive; the wind, the forest, animals, the ground itself are all active participants in the unfolding of events.

The translations are excellent, yet Giono's writing, and his vision, are among the most ecological and eloquent to be found in any language. These books that gave me the impetus to be a writer. If you care for nature, and the prospect of humankind living in genuine… Read more