Once again, the author uses his strong observations of nature to reflect on the links human beings have to the land. In traveling through the American Southwest and Alaska, Lopez finds new, once hidden, meanings in natural phenomenon - flocks of geese and Arctic fox tracks - and remnants of lost human cultures. The land and humans, he concludes, share a strong spiritual bond that echoes and impacts the universe's great rhyme of life. Elegantly told against a haunting and beautiful melodic backdrop, Crossing Open Ground propels us into a new posture - indeed a whole new relationship - with the world around us.
It makes for lovely reading. This was a book that I carried around the house with me on the off chance I could grab a second here or there to read it. The man's gift for words is obvious, and his passion and advocacy for wildlife and wild environs is admirable. He makes a great philosophical case for preserving tracts of wild space for their sakes alone, and that it is only once they are lost that we as humans will feel what their loss really means.
This time he was the self appointed killer of seals, pretending that he just doesn't enjoy killing animals.
This time for "science," not for the ever numbing joy of hunting.
He never explains this allegedly primal urge to stalk and murder and the hideousness of an animal dying in a trap.
Well, it always gives him something exciting to write about, like the totally hopeless whale story.
THE STONE HORSE begs for the aerial map...a splendid tale.
GEESE needs the original photographs...opening our eyes to a new world.
The book reads like an unconnected novel, keeping readers alert for the next adventure,
which many of us which included ENLIGHTENMENT about the horrors of trapping, if not of hunting