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Wed June 27, 2012
Good Read: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac has enthralled generations of nature lovers and conservationists and is indeed revered by everyone seriously interested in protecting the natural world. Hailed for prose that is “full of beauty and vigor and bite” (The New York Times), it is perhaps the finest example of nature writing since Thoreau’s Walden. The heart of the book remains Leopold’s carefully rendered observations of nature. Here we follow Leopold throughout the year, from January to December, as he walks about the rural Wisconsin landscape, watching a woodcock dance skyward in golden afternoon light, or spying a rough-legged hawk dropping like a feathered bomb on its prey. And perhaps most important are Leopold’s trenchant comments throughout the book on our abuse of the land and on what we must do to preserve this invaluable treasure.
Lauren Taylor says:
Here you are, this collection is a way to reconnect with nature through the eyes of a conservationist/ minimalist. Leopold speaks to the natural rhythms of the land, and shows the reader patterns humming about us, widely unnoticed. It’s like taking the most wonderful expedition without leaving your favorite reading nook.
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