- 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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For those who've never lived in Africa, that won't make sense. But for those who've experienced an African sunrise, and the way the rays of dawn inch across your skin, seep into your blood, and flood your heart with glory, for those who've been wooed by the songs of the doves in the mango trees, for those who long for red dirt between their toes and the simple pleasure of chai and chapati shared around a smoky African campfire, you know. You know what I mean.
Africa ruins you for life anywhere else. And when you're in a "Longing for Africa" season, you medicate this vast, ruinous, separated space with what you can: A coffee table book of safari photos, an explorer's journal from the days of Livingston and Stanley, a video of Blue Wildebeests surging across the East African plains, a Maasai bracelet that still smells of sweat and dust and diesel fumes.
Soon, you have Africa in every room of your house and every room of your heart...and it's still not enough. In your heart, you know you'll never be home again, until you're back in the continent that's claimed you.
Boyd Varty describes this hunger as "a longing in the spirit for something wild and with teeth." And it was in this moment, when I read this line, that I realized his book was something different. Something special.
Cathedral of the Wild was a beautiful agony for me. I've never found another book in any form that portrays Africa so vividly. It is no simple thing, painting this land on the canvas of someone's mind. Africa is a shocking mixture of grandeur and grit. It is deadly and intoxicating, glorious and terrifying, divine and utterly earthy, all at the same time.
I've read books that focus on the brutality of the place: The war, injustice, starvation, greed, poaching, corruption, racism, and genocide. I've read books that feature just the beauty: lush jungles, breathtaking coastlines, majestic animals, villages that work to care for their own, children singing. But a balanced picture of both? A story that finds the beauty and meaning in both? That's incredibly rare.
Somehow, Varty has done this. Cathedral of the Wild is simultaneously a coming-of-age memoir, a heartfelt explorer's guide to the South African bush, an introspective treatise on terror, forgiveness, and healing, a TED talk on dreaming and taking risks, and a Thoreau-level family love poem to the entire continent.
I've never been so moved by a story. And never been so grateful to an author for their bravery and vulnerability. Every time I opened this book, it transported me from the concrete walls of my narrow, middle-class American life back to the wild land of my heart. The land with teeth.
This is transformative story-telling at its finest. I dare you to read this book and come out on the other side unchanged. Prepare to fall in love with Africa, Uncle John and his lion, Bron, Boyd, and the entire Varty family.
Highly, highly recommended.
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.