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Cum să prinzi o cârtiță și să te regăsești în natură

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 2019 by Publica
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Olive
Absolutely stunning. Full review to come, but I will say I think I want a piece of this book tattooed on me. Which has happened only one other time. So there's that.
Krista
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction, 2019, 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
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Tom Stanger
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadly the stars only go up to 5
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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Angela
Lovely, lilting, and lyrical.
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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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....
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
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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
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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
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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
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Rhys
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful.

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.
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
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Paul Norwood
A charming, small, quick read. This book reads like a long cozy letter or monologue, and is interspersed with poems, natural history facts, and woodcuts. The narrative itself alternates between the author's youth and recent past, interspersed with meditations.

If that sounds like a recipe for self-published, disorganized, self-involved memoir disaster, that's because that's what this approach would usually lead to. Here, though, the author walks that tightrope and, though the writing isn't
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Kimberlee (reading.wanderwoman)
"Life is so full of mystery, answers are so few, I do not trust them. I prefer unanswered questions. At the end of the answers there is usually a person who enjoys the power of appearing to know. I have come to like things that are left unfinished. It's the question that shines the light, that seeks. The answers often just dim reflection of the vastness of the question. There are no answers that satisfy."


"What things seem to be matters far more to me than what things actually are. What they
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Derek Evernden
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a unique book, and so odd and quirky as to almost defy description. I came to it at a time when I was stressed out about aging and health, and while, on the surface, it appears to simply be an account of an about-to-retire mole catcher reflecting on his work, it’s really about the beauty in surrendering to the natural course of entropy in life, and the acceptance of one’s inevitable death. Not only acceptance, but embracing the beauty in being part of the great cycle all creatures ...more
Allison (SPELLBOUND READER)
Five Stars
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Behold! My first five star read of the new decade... and it’s a story about moles?
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Synopsis: Marc Hamer explores the grey morality of his career as a mole catcher. He believes that every living creature has a place on our earth, and a right to survive... Hypocritically, he makes a living killing these harmless animals. The man who is a practicing vegetarian, puts food in the table with blood on his hands. Follow Hamer as he shares blunt observations about his life, nature and the
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Kimberlee (reading.wanderwoman)
"Life is so full of mystery, answers are so few, I do not trust them. I prefer unanswered questions. At the end of the answers there is usually a person who enjoys the power of appearing to know. I have come to like things that are left unfinished. It's the question that shines the light, that seeks. The answers often just dim reflection of the vastness of the question. There are no answers that satisfy."

"What things seem to be matters far more to me than what things actually are. What they
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Nann
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: this Goodreads entry is to the British version. I read the U.S. publication (subtitled "Wisdom From a Life Lived in Nature) but no one has posted reviews to the U.S. entry yet.

This is a gem of a book. Mole-catching is only one of Marc Hamer's vocations. He is a poet and an artist. He spent several of his formative years as a vagrant (in the U.S. we'd say a tramp or a hobo). I learned more about moles than I had ever known, true, but I also enjoyed Hamer's insights on nature and living
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Joseph O'Sullivan
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a unique book and an enjoyable read. It wasn’t really what I expected when I decided to read it. It was a pleasant surprise.

I was thinking it was going to be mostly about moles and the author’s personal story would be the vehicle for that. It was much more about the author’s philosophical relationship with nature and life. The moles and the mole catching where the vehicle that the author used to talk about his relationship with nature and how it shaped his view on life as a whole. He
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Joy
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an example of why I like to read outside of my "comfort zones". This is a book that I would normally not have any interest in or be drawn to, and I would have missed out on an interesting read.

The author gave a lot of information about the nature of moles and the art and tradition of mole catching that was not at all boring or tedious.
Interspersed throughout are snapshots of his life as a young man and as a aging mole catcher, along poetry imagery of his thoughts of life and death.
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juddy18
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a gem. It’s a thoughtful, beautifully written book that explores the natural world, Marc’s life, and our own meaning through the lens of mole catching. I savored this book — taking my time and not reading more than a chapter a night so I could see it in the way it felt like it was meant to be read - like a slow meditation.

It was a real treat hearing Marc speak at the Edinburgh book festival and this book felt an extension of that conversation.
Afton Montgomery
Touching (and with the softest of hands), this book has all of the warmth and cold whose balance makes good nature writing. Hamer's observations demonstrate both a refusal to look away and a tender love for the environment around him. His memoir of a life spent catching moles waxes and wanes amongst the gruesome, the sensual, the violent, and the awe-struck. For fans of the way that Mary Oliver lived and talked about her life.
Alice
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book did not go deep enough for me. I know that Hamer has so much knowledge on moles and mole catching, but I don't think he shared enough of that. My favourite chapters were the factual ones, but they felt very disconnected and were clearly separate to the rest of the memoir style parts. Admittedly the writing was beautiful at times, but I didn't connect to it and I only liked one of the poems.
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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 ...more