by Barry Lopez

Hardcover, 2019

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Knopf (2019), 592 pages


From the author of the classic Arctic Dreams comes a vivid recollection of his travels around the world and the encounters that have shaped an extraordinary life. Taking us nearly from pole to pole - from modern megacities to some of the earth's most remote regions - and across decades of lived experience, Barry Lopez gives us his most far-ranging yet personal work to date, in a book that describes his travels to six regions of the world- from Western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galapagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica. Lopez also probes the long history of humanity's quests and explorations, including the prehistoric peoples who trekked across Skraeling Island in northern Canada, the colonialists who plundered Central Africa, an enlightenment-era Englishman who sailed the Pacific, a Native American emissary who found his way into isolationist Japan, and today's ecotourists in the tropics. Throughout his journeys - to some of the hottest, coldest, and most desolate places on the globe - and via friendships with scientists, archaeologists, artists and local residents, Lopez searches for meaning and purpose in a broken world. Horizon is a revelatory, epic work that voices concern but also hope - a book that makes you see the world differently, and that is the crowning achievement by one of America's great voices.… (more)

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LibraryThing member Stbalbach
This is the first book I read by Lopez. It took a while to get used to his style, but I came to like it. Each chapter is a different place he has traveled in the past 50 years. Apparently it repeats some places from previous works, but the writing is all new. The early chapters are also a
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min-biography of his early life. The writing straddles art and science, the known and the mysterious, there is a great sense of wonder and amazement of the natural world. There is also a current of foreboding, existential dread about the future, even going as far as wondering if living people today will survive out natural lives to old age. Lopez sees a lack of empathy as a core problem. This is a lengthy generous book at times beautiful and profound. It would be easy to criticize because he is among the elite with privileges most of us will never have, but the quality of writing and overall message it is hard to disagree.
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LibraryThing member kcshankd
Just devastating, his final work. Read after reading about his final days in Granta. Lopez takes us along on his usual treks and wanderings, re-covering some old ground. He wonders about the future, poses hard unanswered questions about warming & fascism.

To learn he lost his home and work to one
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of Oregon's rampaging fires in the summer of 2020 just before his death is almost too much.

We are right to worry.
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LibraryThing member bangerlm
Got about 2 hours into the 22 hour audio book and found it boring and patronizing, which was disappointing since I feel like I am interested in the things he was writing about and had high hopes.





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