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Caught in Fading Light: Mountain Lions, Zen Masters, and Wild Nature

4.43  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A personal exploration of wildness, territory, and the elusive nature of our lives

In this concise, richly contemplative book, Gary Thorp records his singularquest to see a mountain lion, or cougar—the "cat of one color"— in the wild hills and mountains of northern California, where he lives. Using the traditional form of Japanese writing known as nikki bungaku (literary di
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Walker Books (first published 2002)
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Rob Walter
Feb 12, 2013 Rob Walter rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This book is so poorly written that I couldn't finish it. At the sentence level, the prose is not great, but nor is it terrible, however reading paragraphs is where it all falls apart. The ideas just don't hang together from one sentence to the next eg. "And, somehow, thoughts of mountain lions obliquely led me to a consideration of the fine arts of Japan." Wait, what? Although at least in this example the author acknowledges his segue. Generally he just marches from binoculars to learning to Ga ...more
John Pedersen
This is a fabulous exploration of what it means to search for something, and how searching for one thing can change your perspective on everything else you do. The book explores metaphysical, natural and personal phenomena in journal entries that are mesmerizingly trim and poetic without being presumptuous. Lots of "Zen journals" and "books of exploration" aim for this mark and don't come close. Read one that gets it all right, and leaves you feeling grateful to Gary Thorp for taking us with him ...more
Cecil Lawson
Oct 19, 2012 Cecil Lawson rated it really liked it
Gary Thorp's little book on his quest to see a mountain lion in his own backyard in California has been one of my favorite reads in a number of years. Not only is an extended meditation on the elusive cat, but it is at once an example of Zen practice in action, a consideration of our place in nature, and really just a piece of good writing. Highl recommended.
Nov 24, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just started reading this book and I find myself drawn into the readers quest to find meaning in his life through his search and understanding of the mountain lion. I come back to this book every year to reread and to understand my own life better.
Aug 07, 2007 Paul rated it it was amazing
Great meditative work on striving for what you may never reach. Well written, and even better to read if you're visiting the northern California coast!
Derek Oz
Jan 16, 2013 Derek Oz rated it really liked it
It really hit home as I find myself adapting to life in New York. It's a good book that focuses on the journey and not on the destination.
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