- 出版社: Random House (2014年3月11日)
- 精装: 304页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1400069858
- 条形码: 9781400069859
- 商品尺寸: 16.3 x 2.6 x 24.4 cm
- 商品重量: 585 g
- 品牌: Random House
- ASIN: 1400069858
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Cathedral of the Wild: An African Journey Home (英语) 精装 – 2014年3月11日
“Extremely touching . . . a book about growth and hope.”—The New York Times
“It made me cry with its hard-won truths about human and animal nature. . . . Both funny and deeply moving, this book belongs on the shelf of everyone who seeks healing in wilderness.”—BookPage
“This is a gorgeous, lyrical, hilarious, important book. Boyd Varty is as brilliant a storyteller and as kind a companion as you’ll ever meet. He describes a life that has been spent forging a new way of thinking and being, in harmony with both Nature writ large and the human nature that is you. Read this and you may find yourself instinctively beginning to heal old wounds: in yourself, in others, and just maybe in the cathedral of the wild that is our true home.”—Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star
“Cathedral of the Wild is the captivating story of the joyful, occasionally terrifying, but always interesting life of Boyd Varty. It is also a tale of healing, and of one family’s passion to restore our broken connection to nature. Be prepared to fall in love with Varty, his sister, his parents, his uncle, the ideals they fiercely hold to protect the African bush, and the wild animals and people that surround them. With his campfire wit and poet’s ear, Varty is a wonderful new voice in adventure writing.”—Susan Casey, author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
“From the first chapter of Cathedral of the Wild, Boyd Varty’s South Africa grabs your heart, rather like the giant mamba he encountered as a boy. The deadly snake moved on, but Varty’s stories stick. Here is a rare and moving tale of a young man who learns that the greatest dangers, at least to the human soul, are not to be found in the natural world, but in the emptiness beyond it—and that even mambas carry the power to heal.”—Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle
“[An] intense, insightful memoir that brings together several wise observations about the relationship between nature and humanity . . . Varty faces his own trials . . . leading to a spiritual renewal that elevates this memoir above the usual wilderness narrative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Boyd Varty was raised on Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. He currently lives and works at the reserve, and his most recent projects include advocating for the restoration of an ancient elephant corridor, helping the Good Work Foundation create more learning centers in South Africa, and adventuring across the African continent on his motorbike.
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In the mid-section of the book, I became a bit irritated by Varty's somewhat repetitive stories of his adventures with his uncle, a wildlife film maker who would heedlessly put his nephew into unwarranted danger for the sake of his films. Varty seems not quite able to offer a perspective on this man that encompasses both his love and admiration, but also anger or distress about the insistence that being a man requires signing on for absolutely unnecessary danger. Later in the memoir, however, in a most affecting manner, the author describes his coming to terms with traumatic episodes in his life and with changes in his and his family's situation that require an acceptance of his vulnerability. He also discovers again and again his reverence for living in nature, and his commitment to conserving it. Varty's writing about nature is thought-provoking, enchanting... and simply beautiful.
It not only talks about his life growing up tracking animals and learning to live off the land, but it also has us follow him as he begins a spiritual journey to find himself, and how to make him be able to once again delve into what has always been an important, part of his life, Nature. This book is non stop, from living on the edge of danger, or on a high of living in such an amazing setting, and getting to know so many fascinating people and situations.
I will let you discover all of the wonders he and his family encounter, some scary, some laugh out loud hilarious, but which always in my opinion will have you clamoring for more.
Very well written in an easy to read style, this is the type of book I love to read, one where I will learn, and want to know more.
I am sure we will hear more adventures from this author as he young, and will have a lot more to add to his adventures, I cannot wait.