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Cum să prinzi o cârtiță și să te regăsești în natură

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published 2019 by Publica
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Krista
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, memoir, nonfiction, arc
How to catch a mole, life as a molecatcher. Written in the season of catching moles, instead of catching moles. I think the only certainty I can give you about this book is that by the end you will know a lot more about moles.

There came a day when professional gardener and molecatcher (and longtime vegetarian; “life is rarely as neat and tidy as we would like”) Marc Hamer decided he had killed his last mole. Finding himself in his twilight years, and being the sort to wander with a stub of p
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Paul
Choosing a career as a mole-catcher is unusual, to say the least. But then Marc Hamer has never followed any convention, rather he has forged his own path in his life. He has been homeless after his father decided he was surplus to requirements at the age of 16, worked on the trains and slept in hedges and on the beach, weeded gardens and finally ended up in this, a mole-catcher, his last career. Knowing where moles are is fairly easy, look for the conical piles of soil that appear scattered ove ...more
Hannah Rials
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely, respectful take of a job that no one wants to do. You’d think reading about someone who kills moles for a living would be gruesome and upsetting, but Hammer shares a lovely respect of nature and beauty and appreciating the small moments in life. This is why I read nature writing 👌🏼
Rebecca
I read the first 103 pages. Hamer opens, “I am a gardener. I have been catching moles in gardens and farms for years, and I have decided that I am not going to do it any more. Molecatching is a traditional skill that has given me a good life, but I am old now and tired of hunting, trapping and killing, and it has taught me what I needed to learn.” What follows is a gentle natural history of the mole, as well as a meditation on our connections with a nature and a memoir of a life lived largely ou ...more
Tom Stanger
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadly the stars only go up to 5
Liina Bachmann
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5


This was such a wonderful book to read whilst in my small summer cottage, walking around in my garden each morning counting the new mole mounds that had appeared during the night. Those small animals are so clever and so difficult to get rid of (I haven't tried myself).
Marc Hamer gives an interesting overview of the mole as a species, of those little hard-working blind animals. And at the same time, the book is an ode to nature and a memoir of his time as a homeless young man just walking fo
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Stephanie Crowe
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to Catch A Mole by Marc Hamer
I will admit that I was skeptical about reading this memoir. Catching a mole, really! Was I surprised and delighted! Hamer has written a lovely book not only about his life in the outdoors but his philosophy on life that he has learned from being in nature. His language and poetry is artistic and beautiful and I was entranced. Although I don’t think I could live in nature as he did, I was envious of his experience and was grateful to be able to read his thoughts
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Anne Herbison
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chances are, you will dig up your lawn and replace it with a flower meadow after reading this, and allow nature to do what it does.
Amit Verma
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.It is a different book. A refreshing approach to stay away from capitalism, technology and productivity.
It is an effort to catch life raw when it is barefoot and then feeling it's contours and trying to be it's friend.
Main character is a mole catcher who is aging but spirits are still high.
His children are settled and wife is only companion who goes away temporarily.
Authors sets on a journey to live minamilistic life when he sleeps in nature, on parks, banks, tree and any othe place available.
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Emma Murray
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book feels so small and tender and gentle and now I do too.
Angela
Lovely, lilting, and lyrical.
Ben
A book has never made me happier.
C VOKINS
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written tale of life. Interwoven with nature, poetry and life observations. A gentle view of how humans should step back and let nature be....
Ben
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, nature
Surprisingly good. Hamer manages to mix his personal story and reflections on nature and life with light popular science, in an effective and beautifully written way. Unlike many books of this type, he does not get lost in digressions, and the text is not overdone.

> In Europe we have just one variety of mole. In Ireland, just as there are no snakes, there are no moles. During the last ice age most of Europe was covered, but as the ice melted about 7,000 years ago the animals moved north followi
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Kirsten
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[2019] I think what I loved most about this book was how beautifully he conveys his love of and connection with nature. He kinda made me love it too, and I’m a city girl. I love hearing about people in their element - in this case the countryside of England and Wales - where they feel most comfortable and at home. He described being in nature with all nature’s creatures by saying, “We were all just going about our business,” an image I loved.

This is a memoir, and we only learn a little about hi
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Gretchen
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, I felt this book was a solid 4.5 stars but after realizing that I couldn't stop thinking about it, I needed to change it to 5 -- after all, it's very short and it deserves that extra half star for doing SO MUCH within so few pages. And for being poetry and prose and so many stories all at once.

It's a book about a boy whose mother dies when he's sixteen and his father throws him out as "surplus to requirements." He spends seasons walking across England without a home-- on towpaths alon
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Barbara
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was pretty much a perfect book—or it was until I knocked over my S’well bottle of iced tea and practically drowned the darling mammal on its cover.

I loved this! Ostensibly about critters known for tearing up cow pastures, stately gardens, and suburban lawns, it’s really a rumination on nature, life cycles, peripatetic independence, perambulation, gardening, mole-catching, writing haiku, and of sleeping under hedgerows. Now having given up the catching of moles, Marc Hamer has time to
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Pickle Farmer
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book made me really emotional! I met the author once at an event and he was definitely one of the most interesting people I've ever met, and I'm so glad he ended up writing a book. I'm giving it to my mother for Christmas and she is definitely gonna dig it (not sure how she'll feel about all the parts about decay and age, though... I think they will be moving/helpful...? *nervous laughter)

Really lovely writing and philosophy here.

"This is a small life, and everything comes to nothing i
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Kate
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Okay so don't let the title throw you off. Not to say there isn't a lot of info about moles in here (interesting little creatures) but it is also a wonderful meditation on a life spent in nature.

Marc Hammer had made a living being a traditional mole catcher until one day he decided to give it up. He tells of his unusual life as a mole catcher, what led him there, and the wisdom his path has taught him about life. With many a beauti
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carolyn
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful book. I love natural history, but this book is much much more than a description of our velvet-covered friends and their perfect adaptations to life underground. It is a memoir of a remarkable, ordinary person who tells us that "there is something deeply magnificent in being just ordinary". His beautiful writing and look back at life brought me to quiet tears many times. I want to have the book on my shelf, but the Audible version is narrated by the author - an additional bea ...more
Zach Weinberg
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intimate and direct, I feel like I’ve been allowed to peek directly into a man’s mind and shown a part of society I didn’t know still existed. Hamer blends diary entries, simple poetry, facts about moles, and vignettes from his life with a unique, dreamlike logic. I only wish I’d been able to savor this rather than tearing through it in a day.
Terri
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was different, interesting, wise and poetic. The author, Marc Hamer was a mole catcher in Wales and describes what a mole's life is like and all that mole catching entails, interspersing this with memories of when he was a homeless teen wandering the countryside and poetry about life and nature. Hamer also ruminates on his current life with his wife, which is the part I most appreciated. ...more
Adriana
A quiet, wandering sort of a book on a man reflecting on his life in nature and killing moles. An interesting perspective I wouldn't have ever thought of to be interested in before. I learned a lot about moles too and would love to learn more. ...more
Queensupercat
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book of the year! A must read for any lover of nature writing!!!!
Rhys
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful.

Pete Bocompani
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was about much more than moles, although I certainly learned a lot about them! The heart of this book lies in the author’s meditations on life, aging, nature, his time spent homeless and much more. I will certainly reread this at some point. As we age, we spend more time looking around us and backward, and I am certainly glad Marc Hamer chose to chronicle his life in this book. Highly recommended!
Nora
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In many ways a delicate book, although always honest about the way nature can sometimes be brutal. The language is delightful. This is one to linger over, with the prose, poetry, and images building on each other to wrap you in the feeling of outdoors - comforting and a little unsettling all at once.
Forest Ormes
Margaret Renkl's recommended book reads almost as an organic experience -- I can smell and touch the Welsh natural surroundings that Hamer shares. Hamer practices what other writers of nature too often fail to achieve. He places nature primary over the self. He emphasizes that his life -- blessings and hardships -- is moving forward to become part of the soil and wind and rivers that he inhabited in his homeless youthful wanderings. In older age, now, he writes: "At the end of each day I feel fu ...more
Lindsay
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A review. My thoughts. My days. How the book tripped my mind.

My alarm is about to rattle my soul, sparking me awake. The day is about to begin. It’s just before 4 am. The necessity of work beckons. It’s been screaming my name for more than 14-years, at least this version of adulthood responsibilities. I cannot get used to the hour, with being out-of-sync with the rest of society + my relationships. I take the easy route; I go to work. There is comfort in having the illusion of a place of belongi
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Marc writes about the natural world, the animals and plants, the wind and the rain, the rivers and lakes, the streets and towns and the people that live in these places. He was homeless for a number of years and spent his time sleeping outdoors in the countryside, under hedges, in woodlands and at the margins of fields, employed in a hundred different jobs, from cooking in a chicken shop to buildi ...more

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