The Practice of the Wild: Essays

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Author: Gary Snyder

Publisher: Counterpoint Press; originally published by North Point Press, San Francisco

ISBN Number: 1-59376-016-7

Publication Date: 1990, 2004

Reviewed by: Eadha Deora





Review:

If you want to read a book that will profoundly alter your views of nature and the wild, and your relationship to it, then this is the book to read. It is practical ecology (thus the 'Practice of the Wild'), from an ethical and spiritual point of view. Gary Snyder I see as one of those trail blazers, fluidly and fluently pointing us in the direction of the future. This collection of essays range on numerous important topics relating to our relationship to nature and to life itself.

Gary Snyder questions our interpretations of 'Nature', 'Wild' and 'Wilderness', what it means to be truly free, the ideas of Place, Bioregion and Commons; the language of Nature and how Nature speaks through us; is there a difference between Good, Wild and Sacred or are they all interconnected?; how to bring natural ethics into your everyday life, from love to work to play; and what exactly is Culture anyway? 

Those are just a few of the ideas he discusses, and I must say he is so heartfelt and direct, so concise and yet poetic, he has got to be one of the best authors I have ever read. If I had the money, I would buy copies of this book to give to everyone I meet, especially in the druidic community! I promise you will not be disappointed!


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