African Silences

African Silences African Silences is a powerful and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African landscape and its wildlife In this critically acclaimed work Peter Matthiessen explores new terrain on

  • Title: African Silences
  • Author: Peter Matthiessen
  • ISBN: 9780679731023
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • African Silences is a powerful and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African landscape and its wildlife In this critically acclaimed work Peter Matthiessen explores new terrain on a continent he has written about in two previous books, A Tree Where Man Was Born nominated for the National Book Award and Sand Rivers.Through his eyes we see elephanAfrican Silences is a powerful and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African landscape and its wildlife In this critically acclaimed work Peter Matthiessen explores new terrain on a continent he has written about in two previous books, A Tree Where Man Was Born nominated for the National Book Award and Sand Rivers.Through his eyes we see elephants, white rhinos, gorillas, and other endangered creatures of the wild We share the drama of the journeys themselves, including a hazardous crossing of the continent in a light plane And along the way, we learn of the human lives oppressed by bankrupt political regimes and economies, and threatened by the slow ecological catastrophe to which they have only begun to awaken.

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    1. _African Silences_ by Peter Matthiessen is a well-written account of three different trips to the continent by the author.The first essay detailed a trip he made in 1978 to West Africa, accompanying primatologist Gilbert Boese on a wildlife survey of Senegal, Gambia, and Ivory Coast. When the journey began Matthiessen was hopeful, as it was a region he had not previously visited and included such varied terrains as long-grass savanna, forest, and the Sahel, an arid country that stretches all the [...]

    2. A field diary written by a (poetic) naturalist for naturalists & other extremely patient people who will tire through detailed descriptions of various fowl (peafowl, water fowl, rock fowl), stone partridges, francolins, laughing doves, pranticoles, etc for Matthiessen's tiny shocks of lovely, dreamy description. He's pedantic, meditative and transcendental all the while, which is why it's taken me forever to make any headway. I picked this up right before my parents headed off for the jungle [...]

    3. Du kan skille mellom gode og viktige bøker. Denne er muligens enda viktigere enn den er god, men den er god så det holder. Å følge miljøskribenten Peter Mathiessen på tre helt forskjellige reiser på det afrikanske kontinentet er en magisk leseopplevelse, han tar deg til steder du egentlig ikke visste du kunne reise, og han behandler det med en varhet og en respekt som du knapt finner i moderne sakprosa. Mathiessen elsket Afrika, han elsket den afrikanske faunaen, og han skrev om det på e [...]

    4. Accounts of three trips to Africa in the company of scientists studying wildlife in 1978-1986. Much of the wildlife has already been decimated (especially evident in the first trip to West Africa (Senegal, Gambia, & Ivory Coast). Matthiessen's keen powers of observation and sparkling prose are here as expected (but not the introspection of "The Snow Leopard"). A generally well-written and depressing book about wildlife conservation. I'd give it 4 stars if it weren't for Matthiessen's annoyin [...]

    5. A 3.5 would be a closer score. I have always enjoyed Matthiessen's style, and I enjoyed it here as well, although this isn't "The Snow Leopard" either. I'm sure many things have changed since this was first published hopefully some for the better. Matthiessen is someone you would love to travel with, and he describes those travels with a passion that carries you along whether it be to a shower with an attacking mongoose, or in a small airplane facing the wall of a giant thunderstorm.

    6. African Silencesby Peter Matthiessen (Random House 1991) (916.04) is a record of trips the author made to Africa in the 1970's in which he documented the disappearance of much of the wildlife of the lesser-known portions of central and west Africa. My rating: 7/10, finished 9/9/13.

    7. Written about 30 years ago, elegiac, an adventure story, a travel talea glimpse into the heart of Africa. What a life Mr. Matthiessen lived and how fortunate for us that he had such passion for our natural world, along with a gift for writing about it so compellingly.

    8. African Silences serves as a time capsule of the conditions of both humans and animals deriving their living from the jungles and rain forests of central and western Africa. I recommend it to anyone who has more than a passing interest in life on Earth.

    9. Interesting descriptions of traveling in Africa in a light plane 20 years ago. Some of the info is quite dated it's decimating to read of the slaughter of animals -but he is with those who were doing something about it.

    10. I read this book in preparation for a trip to Africa, to some of the same places he visited. He makes it sound like the wildlife was so decimated at the time of his work that I really wonder what we'll fine 30 years later.

    11. Not as good as "The Snow Leopard," but a well written work about Africa and the damage that has been done to its animal populations.

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