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The Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs
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May 23, 12

Read in October, 2010

I absolutely fell in love with this collection of essays. The piercing, understated style of Childs' writing took my breath away with every description of meeting or observing an animal in the wild, some merely curious encounters and some very nearly life-threatening. There is an organic poetic sensibility in his writing as well, one that demonstrates his understanding not only of animal nature, but of nature in general and our place in it. His philosophy and imagery hearken to that expressed by Antoine de St. Exupery in Wind, Sand, and Stars, another of my beloved favorites.

Upon rereading part of this last year, I found myself a bit more sensitive to some references to animal deaths or treatment, nothing overtly cruel or outside common carnivorousness, but Childs does not mince words. Something for similarly sensitive readers to be aware of, but by no means a reason to avoid this incredible book.
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