Aug 12, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Not many books of essays bring me to tears. I was affected in almost every synapse in my brain and every emotion in my heart; this was perfection in language, in heart, in science, in exploration and adventure, in deep, real connections between strangers, in anthropological examinations of tribes and people; perfection in being attuned to every holy and sacred place, thing and moment in the world; and, and, and, his being able to verbalize it so so so exquisitely. An anonymous Not many books of essays bring me to tears.
Jul 20, Bernadette rated it it was amazing To me, the most powerful books are ones which eloquently reveal the cultural, metaphysical, or social importance of "ordinary" things. Here, Barry Lopez has done just that. Taking the topic of roadkill, he and illustrator Robin Eschner enable us to see the great beauty of animals as well as the horrific violence we do to them.
While online biographies and interviews show no indication that Lopez is an American Indian author, I wonder if he benefitted from encounters with traditional people prior To me, the most powerful books are ones which eloquently reveal the cultural, metaphysical, or social importance of "ordinary" things.
While online biographies and interviews show no indication that Lopez is an American Indian author, I wonder if he benefitted from encounters with traditional people prior to writing this book, Apologia essay by barry lopez the topic, his actions, and his perspective are so unusual for mainstream Americans.
Apologia recounts Lopez's experience of driving crosscountry in the late s. Along the road, he encounters badgers, deer, rabbits, and many other animals struck and left for dead. He makes it a personal mission to remove their bodies from the road and pray over them before continuing his journey.
For him, this is "an act of respect, a technique of awareness" which attempts to do pennance for the animals and reflect on our relationship with them pg. Also, he and others who come up-close with killed animals have an unique opportunity to learn from them.
In Idaho, Lopez encounters a farmer who asks to show a dead whipporwill to his wife, for they have never seen "the smooth arc" of its belly or its "small, whiskered bill" pg. As someone who lives in a rural area and encounters a lot of roadkill, I feel that Lopez captures very well the mentality of thoughtful people who are unsettled by such deaths.
For example, both he and I have wondered what each animal's life was like and what errand brought it to the road pg. Also, he aptly articulates how drivers rationalize their actions -- that hitting an animal is "horrifying, unavoidable, justified" pg.
Lopez and Eschner have done a masterful job of describing the gruesomeness of the animals' deaths without sensationalist prose or imagery that might divert the reader from thoughtful reflection.
For instance, he finds a deer whose skull is fractured, jaw broken, pelvis crushed, leg unsocketed, ribs dislocated. After cataloging these and other injuries, Lopez draws us back to the cause -- a speeding semi, or "80, pounds at 65 mph. More than a mere accident, it is a collision of two very different worlds pg.
Throughout the book, author and illustrator consistently reinforce human responsibility for both the animals' deaths and for restorative action. Although Apologia appears to be a picture book, I don't feel that is appropriate for young children. However, I think it is a must-read for anyone who drives, or anyone who wishes to reflect on humans' relationship with the natural world.
I had never read Barry Lopez' work before this, but after reading Apologia I am eager to delve into his writing.Barry Lopez was born in in Port Chester, New York.
He grew up in Southern California and New York City and attended college in the Midwest before moving to Oregon, where he has lived since He is an essayist, author, and short-story writer, and has traveled extensively in remote and populated parts of the world.
Jan 10, · In 'Sliver Of Sky,' Barry Lopez Confronts Childhood Sexual Abuse The nature writer has an essay in January's Harper's Magazine that details the four years of his childhood during which he says he.
Both editions include Eschner's artwork and the text of the essay "Apologia," from two stories from River Notes, and two stories from Field Notes; and an Afterword by Lopez. Eleven engraved illustrations by Barry Moser, who also designed the book.
by William Tydeman (University of Oklahoma Press ). See also Other Country: Barry. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Apologia Lopez meditates on the subject of road-killed animals.
He relates his observations of them, occasional violent encounters with them, and thoughts about what to do, how to honor these sacrifices to humans' obsession with cars and speed. Get this from a library!
Apologia. [Barry Holstun Lopez; Robin Eschner] -- "Apologia is a story that gives our vague sense of apprehension about brutality in the modern world a focus, and, because the narrator actually does something on .
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