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She made me look at the natural world in a different way.,
This review is from: Sightlines (Paperback)
The descriptions in Kathleen Jamie's amazing biography "Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World" are so vivid she made me see and feel as if I was with her. In her fourteen essays she "paints" what she sees with words so graphically I began to look at the natural world in a different way.
In the essay "Pathologies" Kathleen says she is troubled by our culture's shortened definition of 'nature' as it does not take into account the shape and form of the natural inner world of a healthy or diseased body. She asks what is nature exactly and where does it reside? When her elderly mother died of pneumonia she wondered about the bacteria and asked if "Death is nature's sad necessity?" She speaks of the many landscapes within - how every city dweller has carbon deposits in their lungs and how a human colon tube specimen examined microscopically looks pale yellow-brown and ribbed like a beach at low tide.
While counting rare Leach's fork-tailed petrels or watching the huge black fins of killer whales on the island of Rona she says the days expanded like a wing where time became clouds passing, a sudden squall or a shift in the wind.
Along with her experiences, observations and curiosity she also shares the history and archeology of the places she visits: the skeletons of ancient whales in the Whale Hall of Norway's Bergen Natural History Museum, watching the aurora borealis from a boat in Greenland, sailing and doing research on islands and traveling across her native Scotland among others places.