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The Night Country by Loren Eiseley

The Night Country (1966)

by Loren Eiseley

Other authors: Gale E. Christianson (Introduction)

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Toward the end of his life, Loren Eiseley reflected on the mystery of life, throwing light on those dark places traversed by himself and centuries of humankind. The Night Country is a gift of wisdom and beauty from the famed anthropologist. It describes his needy childhood in Nebraska, reveals his increasing sensitivity to the odd and ordinary in nature, and focuses on a career that turns him inward as he reaches outward for answers in old bones.… (more)
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Excellent philosophy, science, autobiographical book. ( )
  Mwsberg | Jul 27, 2010 |
Loren Eisley has sadly become less known; as a scientist, he was sui generis. He described his identity as an archaeologist as a "bone man"; The Night Country is a vivid sensory/ poetic exploration of his bone-picking. As a boy, Eisley was a hobo; as a philosopher, he illuminated the lives of dogs, the bitterness of death's fingerings, and a remarkable analysis of the impact of Christianity on civilization that is illuminative, yet not harmful, to one's secularist tendencies. Eisley was not a science populaizer, but a humanizer of science...alone, and a titan, in his field. ( )
2 vote lesseratte | Jul 31, 2008 |
Actually, i have only read far older copies but i am delighted to learn of this reprint and clicked on it. Only the Japanese translation is with me now. I helped the translators so much with it that they asked the chief editor if I might do the explanation (kaisetsu), a postscript standard for translators in Japan. I did. One thing noted in the postscript was that Annie Dillard in Best American Essays 1988 gave Eiseley credit for reviving nonfiction with his symbolic essays. (She also made a good case for nonfiction being offering more freedom than fiction. After which, her next book was a novel, which infuriated me to no end!). "The Star Thrower" (which we also got translated)has most of Eiseley’s best essays and some awful poems not published elsewhere. As a single book, "Night Country" may be his best.
  keigu | Mar 2, 2007 |
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Eiseley, LorenAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christianson, Gale E.Introductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Everett Fisher, LeonardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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