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When the Wild Comes Leaping Up: Personal Encounters with Nature

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A powerful collection of essays on personal experiences with nature edited by David Suzuki, and including contributions from some of the world's finest writers, including Australia's Robert Drewe and Richard Flanagan.
ebook, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Allen & Unwin (first published October 1st 2002)
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Melody
Sep 12, 2009 Melody rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More wildly uneven than I expect from an anthology. I expected much more nature and much less spirituality from the cover blurbs, and I was somewhat disappointed by the relentless navel-gazing herein. I can't recommend this one.
Emily Larson
I think if I hadn't just finished Kathleen Dean Moore's fantastic collection of essays, I might have liked this more. As it was, too many of these didn't strike a chord with me. Disappointing.
Lisa Faye
Nov 06, 2013 Lisa Faye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was really moved by this series of essays. And it is so rare to find a collection where there is only 1 essay that I didn't enjoy. This comes highly recommended!
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David Suzuki is a Canadian science broadcaster and environmental activist. A long time activist to reverse global climate change, Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990, to work "to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us." The Foundation's priorities are: oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and Da ...more
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“We speak often, and sentimentally, of being 'enchanted' by the natural world. But what if it's the other way around? What if we are enchanted, literally, by the human world we live in? That seems entirely more likely - that the consumer world amounts to a kind of lulling spell, chanted tunefully and eternally by the TV, the billboard, the suburb. A spell that convinces us that the things we want most from the world are comfort, convenience, security. A spell that by now we sing to each other. A spell that, should it start to weaken, we try to strengthen with medication, with consumption, with noise. A slight frantic enchantment, one that has to get louder all the time to block out the troubling question constantly forming in the back of our minds: 'Is this all there is?” 3 likes
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