I am so conflicted in my ability to give this book any kind of rating or review. Suffice to say this author is extremely gifted and has an amazing graI am so conflicted in my ability to give this book any kind of rating or review. Suffice to say this author is extremely gifted and has an amazing grasp of language. Spill Simmer Falter Wither is not in any sense of the word a "feel good" animal story. Indeed it's one of the saddest books I've read in ages. This one will break your heart....more
The problem I have with reading a fictionalized account of someone is that I am continually wondering where truth ends and fiction begins. Did this acThe problem I have with reading a fictionalized account of someone is that I am continually wondering where truth ends and fiction begins. Did this actually happen? Did she say/feel/think that? Some accounts are handled better than others. This one left me frustrated....more
Brian Doyle has a command of language and a voice that is not only unique, but to my way of thinking is unsurpassed in modern literature. Martin MarteBrian Doyle has a command of language and a voice that is not only unique, but to my way of thinking is unsurpassed in modern literature. Martin Marten fairly pulses with reverence and respect for Nature in all her forms so that I doubt I will ever walk in the woods again without an awareness of how precious and hallowed the space is.
Prepare to fall in love with each and every character in this little treasure of a novel, each unique and quirky and lovable, be it human or not.
I only wish I had not read it yet, so I still had the pleasure of reading it for the first time. Regardless, I will be sharing this one, as well as reading it again and again.
11/5/16 Just finished my second reading of Martin Marten. In every respect I appreciate this book, these characters (humans and animals alike) as much again. In fact, with this reading I found myself slowing down and savoring each nuanced paragraph.
So with a five-star rating a second time, I guess my cumulative rating would be ten stars. How I love your writing, Mr Doyle!
It is not possible to overstate what this one man, Lawrence Anthony, accomplished in his relatively short life. After reading Babylon's Ark and The ElIt is not possible to overstate what this one man, Lawrence Anthony, accomplished in his relatively short life. After reading Babylon's Ark and The Elephant Whisperer I now have a new larger-than-life-size hero to admire. This book is not a fun read, but an important one as we are all citizens of this sorely abused planet, and being informed of the state she is in is something we need to pay attention to. Lawrence Anthony followed his heart to the war-torn city of Baghdad and along with several courageous individuals performed miracles in the direst of circumstances. Read this - prepare to be heart broken, but also to be completely up-lifted. This is an important book....more
The inspiring story of one man's efforts to revive and preserve the natural order of this piece of Zululand and in the process to reintroduce wild eleThe inspiring story of one man's efforts to revive and preserve the natural order of this piece of Zululand and in the process to reintroduce wild elephants to an area that had not seen them in almost 100 years. I loved what he said about this amazing place:
"I fell in love with it from the moment I went walkabout. It's something I still do, jump in the Land Rover and drive out onto the open savannahs or into the thickest, most thorn-scrubbed veldt I can find, and go for a walk. There is nothing more energizing than inhaling the tang of wilderness, loamy after rain, pungent with the richness of earth shuddering with life, or taking in the brisk dry cleanness of winter. In the outback, life is lived for the instant. The land thrums with exuberance when everything is green and lush and is stoically resilient when it isn't. In the bush, simple acts give intense atavistic pleasures, such as sliding a sprig of grass into the tiny slot of a scorpion hole and feeling a tug that pound for pound would rival a game fish. Even today that triggers memories of my born-free adolescence as vividly as a lovelorn youth recalling his first heart-thudding kiss."
And this, "But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those we put up ourselves, ant that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves."
"Wild. If there is one thing I disapprove of it's the unnatural capture and taming of wild animals, whether an elephant or a bird. To me, the only good cage is an empty cage."