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[F]or at some period of a man’s life—at all events of some lives—in some rare state of the mind, it is all at once revealed to him as by a miracle that nothing is ever blotted out.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published 1918)
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Montaigne asked, "Why is it not lawful for every one to draw himself with a pen, as he did with a crayon?' Virginia Woolf said, "..when we attempt the task, the pen falls from our finger; it is a matter of profound, mysterious, and overwhelming difficulty."

Succeeding where few have, William Henry Hudson (1841-1922) has captured the passions of his early boyhood--his intense love of his mother, of nature, of all wildness, and of sport. In his eightieth year, he remained a boy at heart, able to re
Ann Klefstad
The strangeness of the world is never-ending, particularly in the memoirs of those who have long ago left us. Hudson evokes a bird-world in South America that even he laments as lost, from his burrow in the smokey London of his exile. He knew what was happening in his homeland, the spread of efficient agriculture that doomed wetlands and their denizens. And this was over a century ago. The beauty and oddity of this memoir just absolves it of the terrible pain it causes. That seemed to have been ...more
Dec 14, 2007 Sally rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nature lovers
The author grew up in Argentina in the late 1800's and he describes a fantastical natural world, at least to those of us who grew up in the tame North American forests. The ostriches, the vaqueros, the cattle, the birds. As a boy he falls in love with birds and, although he studies and appreciates all of nature, the birds are his first love. Despite having no formal education, a few tutors helping him and his brothers with the basics, he has the most lyrical and moving way of writing. Very excel ...more
Frederic Hunter
At the age of 15, suffering from a difficult and painful malady at his parents’ estancia on the Argentine pampas, W. H. Hudson did not think he would see 20. Instead he saw 80. LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY is a memoir he wrote of his boyhood. Hudson was a superlative naturalist whose interest in plants and animals, especially birds, started early. According to what he tells us, laid up late in life for a period of weeks, he kept having memories of his childhood. What extraordinary recall! He wrote the ...more
JoséMaría BlancoWhite
Written in 1918 by this Englishman who tells about his life as a boy in the Argentine Pampas. Filled with intense melancholy -but at the same time joy- that those recollections produce in his memory. Whoever reads this biographical account cannot but adore this man.
He achieves the difficult task of making us readers see nature, wildlife, and human beings with the same eyes as his young and avid ones. He talks a lot about plants and birds, and this to me is the only minus I can find, since I symp
Robbie Manson
Charming. Quite similar to Durrell's My Family and Other Animals.
It's a little difficult to expand on my title for this review.

The author suffered an acute illness in later life and, during this time, his childhood memories came back to him with a clarity that is a cause of envy for those of us with the usual hotch potch of muddied memories of our best times.

He then took the opportunity to record these memories.

Mr Hudson gives an insight into a world distant both in geography and time.

Describing many different aspects of his childhood - from the vast pampas t
Michael de Percy
It took me a while to get into this book but once I started I managed to keep up the momentum. The story about the story was interesting but it is difficult to comprehend Hudson's lot until he deals with Darwinism and his own inclinations as a naturalist. Delivered as the story of one's boyhood, it is not until after finishing the book and reading the preface, one reflects and Hudson's genius comes to light.
Tara Bush
I'm not sure I can actually mark this book as read... it's more like I gave up. This may be the most boring book I've ever attempted to read. I made it about half way through, waiting for something of importance to actually happen, but nothing did. The author is a pompous bigot who tells little snippets of his childhood that mostly focus on naming the tress and birds that he observed. Snooze-o-rama.
The author writes of a childhood (up to teenage)in the pampas of Argentina. It is a bit musty in tone but the book was published in the 50s. I enjoyed reading about plants, birds and animals that have long since been pushed out by farms and ranching. It made me realize how much was lost.
W. Addison
Hudson is not one of my favorites but this was part of research for my own writing and was referenced by Hemmingway as logic example and dialogue. Story had no direction for the first few chapters.
Bob Young
Wonderful writing about growing up in Argentina in the 19th century...early years of a nature lover...
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William Henry Hudson was an author, naturalist and ornithologist. He was born in the Quilmes Partido in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, where he is considered to belong to the national literature as Guillermo Enrique Hudson, the Spanish version of his name. He spent his youth studying the local flora and fauna and observing both natural and human dramas on what was then a lawless frontier, publi ...more
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