I found this book in a used bookshop en route to Glacier National Park and brought it with me. I lucked out; I could not have had a better companion bI found this book in a used bookshop en route to Glacier National Park and brought it with me. I lucked out; I could not have had a better companion book for that trip. This is some of the best nature writing I've encountered - precise and scientific, but also incredibly beautiful. It's a relatively short book, but packed with information, including detailed descriptions of goat anatomy, habitat, and behavior (down to the average numbers of chews per second a goat takes while eating), as well as stories about the author's life on the mountains, a great chapter on other animals that share the goat's range, and thoughts on conservation and hunting regulations. It also contains some photographs (very good ones, though unfortunately black-and-white and not very well reproduced) and some useful drawings.
I love wildlife in general, but this book turned me into a mountain goat fan. It really helped me appreciate their beauty and uniqueness even more than I would have otherwise. ...more
I don't really know how to describe this book. Although it shares many of their traits, it does not fall neatly into any of the "animal book" or "wildI don't really know how to describe this book. Although it shares many of their traits, it does not fall neatly into any of the "animal book" or "wilderness book" categories. It is very much its own world. It is so packed with different threads of meaning, interesting language, powerful description, and emotion that you can get lost in it. I read it in one night, when I was sick and miserable - which is not a bad state to be in while reading it because it is pretty melancholic, though also hopeful.
One idea it explores is the pull of wilderness on people who want to run away from tragedy and humanity. It was something I really needed to read about because I feel that pull too, and I've never seen it discussed like it is here. It was very valuable and very interesting. But it was just one of many things going on in the book. ...more
This is an amazing collection of beautiful, well-written, thought-provoking, essays written by hunters. They vary in style and opinion and approach buThis is an amazing collection of beautiful, well-written, thought-provoking, essays written by hunters. They vary in style and opinion and approach but there isn't a weak piece among them.
I grew up around family and friends who are fiercely anti-hunting and have always had mixed feelings about it myself. I've rarely had a chance to talk to anyone from "the other side." I found the perspectives in this book incredibly valuable and interesting. As difficult as it may be to reconcile, it is absolutely true that there are hunters who both love animals (sometimes to the point of devoting their lives and careers to them) and kill them. This is the subject of many of the essays, and it is clearly a difficult thing to express, but the authors do a beautiful job trying. Other essays are deeply critical of particular aspects of hunting, such as baiting, hunting contests, and overuse of technology, and I'm glad these were included. This is ultimately a pro-hunting book, but it does not glorify hunting or hide from its problems, and is as honest as it promises to be. ...more