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These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Tackling some of the world's most profound questions through the intimate lens of fatherhood, Bayo Akomolafe embarks on a journey of discovery as he maps the contours of the spaces between himself and his three-year-old daughter, Alethea. In a narrative that manages to be both intricate and unguarded, he discovers that something as commonplace as becoming a father is a cos ...more
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Published November 7th 2017 by North Atlantic Books
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Yong Feng
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listening to Bayo Akomolafe speak is quite something: his words blend philosophical complexity, a playful spirituality and a frenzied urgency to rethink the assumptions that underlie how we live. This book is not quite as vivid an experience, but it compensates by slowly retracing the steps that lead to his sometimes difficult-to-follow arguments. Akomolafe draws novel connections across physics, race, feminism, religion, history, environmentalism and more to demonstrate… what exactly? There is ...more
Daniel Redford
Sep 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Your mileage will vary with this book. It is equal parts exquisitely written and pretentious/purple. It is profound and perfunctory, enlightening and overreaching, understated and grandiose. As with all of these types of books - ecocritical/ethical/existential pseudo-memoirs - a lot of it can come across as quite wishy-washy, for lack of a better term. No real, actionable solution is put forward, merely an agenda or manifesto that draws inspiration from literary/political theory and alternative ...more
Jamal Yearwood
great book for question-building. aside, do we review books or do they review us ?
Michelle
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
dense, but ravishing. i LOVED this book. for the wide view, written in language that maintains it's sense of awe, read this. yum. ...more
Kara
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
The book over all is very thought provoking. But parts of it were slow and over my head. I think I got the majority of the authors purpose, but it gets a 3 star for this reason. It has highs and lows, interesting and dis interesting parts. I think it was worth reading for sure.
Ariane
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The most provocative book I think I've ever read, and the language so breathtaking while he's at it. Queered, wild, troubling... Busting us into new layers and spaces of potential existence. JUST READ IT. READ IT RIGHT NOW. ...more
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Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-reads
I won it in a contest and it was a good read.
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Jun 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book. It stretched my thinking. I required a dictionary now and then. I didn't start underlining until page 150 or so, and then had to restrain myself after that. ...more
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