Editorial Reviews. From the Inside Flap. Anthropologist and naturalist Loren Eiseley blends scientific knowledge and imaginative vision in this story of man. Loren Eiseley (September 3, – July 9, ) was an American anthropologist, educator, . Consider the case of Loren Eiseley, author of The Immense Journey, who can sit on a mountain slope beside a prairie-dog town and imagine. Anthropologist and naturalist Loren Eiseley blends scientific knowledge and imaginative vision in this story of man.

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This is not to say that the stories are completely factual, particularly in nature writing. He drips with blood to catch his prey, but releases the young hawk in the morning. These admissions have sparked much controversy within the academic discipline of ecocriticism, the study of literature and environment.

I was going to undergo a tremendous adventure. In the spring a migratory impulse or perhaps sheer boredom struck him. Loren Eisley is an anthropologist who writes like John Donne. At my feet a raw prairie wind had swept the ice clean of snow.

Half of the members that were reading the book said that the book started out dry for them, but I never found the book dry This book was fantastic; for the sheer fact that it is about immfnse After a while the skilled listener can distinguish man’s noise from the katydid’s rhythmic assertion, allow for the offbeat of eisely rabbit’s thumping, pick up the autumnal monotone of crickets, and find in all of them a grave pleasure without admitting any to a place of preeminence in his thoughts.

Paperbackpages. Its least stir even, as now in a rain pond on a flat roof opposite my office, is enough to bring me searching to the window.

Eiseley crafts an absorbing self-portrait of a man who has thought deeply about his place in society as well as humanity’s place in the natural world.

They probe the concept of evolution, which consumed so much of his scholarly attention, examining the bones and shards, the arrowpoints and buried treasures. Critics discussed include Fleeming JenkinA. A bust of his likeness resides in the Nebraska State Capitol.


Trivia About The Immense Jourey. I was in a hurry. Just before his death Eiseley asked his wife to destroy the personal notebooks which he had kept since He will no longer chase women. He uses his own experiences, reactions to the paleontological record, and wonderment at the world to address the topic of evolution.

As it leaves the Rockies and moves downward over the high plains towards the Missouri, the Platte River is a curious stream.

Want to Read saving… Error rating book. But it’s seriously some of the most beautiful and evocative yet seemingly effortless writing I’ve ever read. The Next Best Boo Wikimedia Commons has media related to Loren Eiseley.

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The Immense Journey

To ask other readers questions about The Immense Journeyplease sign up. Loren Eiseley’s dark, brooding prose is unique in the annals of nature writing.

I found myself essentially highlighting poren pages of text and slamming the book down in awe and whispering a reverent “Holy shit” every thirty seconds.

It had outlasted prairie blizzards that left cattle standing frozen upright in the drifts. If I have any complaint, it’s in Eiseley’s and he’s not the only one who does this tendency to write the occasional sentence that drifts into teleology, even though it’s plain that he doesn’t really think that way. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all.

However, as an amateur Shakespearean actor, he was able journye give his son a “love for beautiful eiesley and writing.

This is particularly true on the high plains before its immdnse march by the cities begins. Staring up at me with all his barbels spread pathetically, frozen solidly in the wind-ruffled ice, was a huge familiar face. By the time we read these words we have come to realize that Eiseley is not just Simply the most beautiful science writing I have ever read. I was surprised by how dated some of the pieces are.


Eiseley traces the achievements and discoveries of men in many fields of science who paved the way for Darwin; and the book concludes with an extensive discussion of the ways in which Darwin’s work has been challenged, improved upon, and occasionally jokrney during the past hundred years. Archaeologistanthropologist and naturalist, he devoted a great deal of time and reflection to the detective work of scientific observation.

New Light on the Evolutionists”. I was streaming over ancient sea beds thrust aloft where giant reptiles had once sported: I remember, also, a protesting female voice nearby — the eternal civilizing voice of women who know that men are fools and children, and irresponsible.

I marvel at how suddenly a water beetle has come and is submarining there in a spatter of green algae. Non Fiction that might be read as well. I hope you will read the book for many reasons, not least of which might be to encounter the other two vignettes. A fishy eye gazed up at me protestingly. How does one even begin to think in these terms and this language? He ends with this – “The story of Eden is a greater allegory than man has ever guessed.

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Nature writereducatorphilosopher. You like scholarship, but the scholars, some of them, anyhow, are not going to like you because you don’t stay in the hole where God supposedly put you.

This is evolution written by a scientist who shares his head with a poet, and the product is a beautiful attempt to grasp not just how hydrogen becomes energy but why and what that means on an existential scale. Though his field was anthropology, every semester he was a guest lecturer for the English department in their Creative Writing classes.