John Fowles (19262005) is widely regarded as one of the preeminent English novelists of the twentieth century his books have sold millions of copies worldwide, been turned into beloved films, and been popularly voted among the 100 greatest novels of the century.
To a smaller yet no less passionate audience, Fowles is also kno...more
"The particular cost of understanding the mechanism of nature, of having so successfully itemized and pigeon-holed it, lies most of all in the ordinary person's perception of it, in his or her ability to live with and care for it--a ...more
I am one of those who believes we are the stewards of (and on) this planet. This view is very compatible with what Fowles is writing. I, too, may be waiting for a new melding of science and nature that doesn’t bend other species to our whims and desires but helps us understand a ...more
Fowles ama los árboles y los bosques. Ese caos verde, como él mismo lo denomina. El bosque, para Fowles, es el desorden, lo salvaje, la libertad, el silencio y el aprender a vivir a otro ritmo, más pausado, atendiendo a lo que sucede, por insignificante que nos parezca.
Con él rescaté de mi memoria mis propios bosques. Si te adentras en ellos y permites que te envuelvan descubres que cada bosque es diferente, único. Las pinedas mediterráneas del sur de Menorca, perfumadas de romero y tomi ...more
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A John Fowles le gustan los árboles en cuanto a parte de un bosque, parte de un ecosistema en perpetua simbiósis, parte de la Naturaleza.
Porque para él, un gran mal de la sociedad es la "cientificación" de la naturaleza, la necesidad de etiquetarlo todo, con la presunción de que así lo entenderemo ...more
Came back to this book nearly four years after the initial reading, and after a long trip where I spent a lot of time with some wild trees. I still found it beautiful and touching and wonderful. I also found some sections that challenged me (and that I didn't particularly remember from the first time around.) and that I didn't quite agree with as wholeheartedly as I did when I first read it - but I think that is a good thing! I still recommend this essay fully to any ...more
I saw this book and bought it, though I have 80-something books I need to read. I saw the title and grabbed it, smiled when I ...more
"Do we feel that unless we create evidence-photographs, journal ent ...more
"Naming things is always implicitly categorizing and therefore collecting them, attempting to own them; and because man is a highly acquisitive creature, brainwashed by most modern societies into believing that the act of acquisition is more enjoyable than the fact of having acquired, that getting beats hav ...more
Some of my favourite quotes:
"The modern version of hell is purposelessness."
"Almost all the richness of our personal existence derives from the synthetic and eternally present 'confused' consciousness of both internal and external reality, and not least becsuse we know it is beyond the analytical, or destructive, capacity of science."
"Achieving a relationship with nature is both a science and an art, beyond mere knowledge or mere feeling alone; [...] T ...more
Soms kostte het wel wat inspanning om mee te gaan in de gedachtegang van Fowles, maar hoe mooi beschrijft hij zijn liefde en eerbied voor het bos, ...more
"It [the uncultivated copse] can be known and entered only by each, and in its now; not by you through me, by any you through any me; only by you through yourself, or me through myself. We still have this to learn: the inalienable otherness of each, human and non-human, which may seem the p ...more
And so on. Art is just as beautiful and unpredictable as nature is, and every try to learn how to do it or to examine it is just as futile as the labels put on species ...more
"The artist's experience here is only a special—unusually prolonged and self-conscious—case of the universal individual one. The return to the green chaos, the deep forest and refuge of the unconscious is a nightly phenomenon, and one that psychiatrists—and torturers—tell us is essential to the human mind. Without it, it disintegrates and goes mad. If I cherish trees ...more
“If some intelligence one day looks back at us, it may determine it was not toolmaking that set us apart, or even our sense of irony, which allows us to live with paradox, but our capacity for metaphor[.]” (Introduction, page xiii)
“One is thankful for a gifted write ...more
Fowles attended Bedford School, a large boarding school designed to prepare boys for university, from ages 13 to 18. After briefly attendi ...more