Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild

Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild Review

Long believed to be disappearing and possibly even extinct, the Southwestern bighorn sheep of Utah’s canyonlands have made a surprising comeback. Naturalist Ellen Meloy tracks a band of these majestic creatures through backcountry hikes, downriver floats, and travels across the Southwest. Alone in the wilderness, Meloy chronicles her communion with the bighorns and laments the growing severance of man from nature, a severance that she feels has left us spiritually hungry. Wry, quirky and perceptive, Eating Stone is a brillant and wholly original tribute to the natural world.

Title:Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild
Edition Language:English

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  • Jeanette

    "Where is the water? I describe a confluence of rivers hidden in folds of stone, a spring on the side of the mountain in land so holy, you must sing every footstep you place on it."The concept for thi...

  • Michael

    One of those books that all riders on the planet would do well to consider reading. Meloy writes of a year spent with bighorn sheep in the mountains of southern Utah where she lived, with side trips t...

  • Michael Livingston

    A year spent with wild longhorn sheep and a moving treatise on wildness and its disappearance from the world....

  • Rift Vegan

    The writing in this book is beautiful... I seriously wanted my kindle in one hand and a paintbrush in the other because I'm sure my paintings would be as beautiful as the desert scenes Ellen Meloy pai...

  • Brittany

    I find sheep to be dull creatures. I say this as a dedicated conservationist, and one who firmly believes that all organisms have an innate right to exist, or at least to exist for as long as they can...

  • Issy

    Finally finished this one. It's as dense as a thicket of nature and just as enjoyable. Everytime I glazed over something, eavesdropping in the subway say, she brought me right back in with a lovely li...

  • Bonnie

    I loved this book. It was a joy to read and has great phrases. She was unfortunately very prophetic regarding herself, "I am here to learn something-time is running out." (Did she know?)This is a caut...

  • Kim

    The author's prose is lyrical. Her observations were heart-felt and moving. You feel in love with her journey and the big horn sheep. She became a friend in your joint journey to find the big horn she...

  • Annette

    Ellen Meloy monitored a band of desert bighorn sheep that she called the 'Blue Door Band' for a year. Her acclaimed book, the last she wrote before her unexpected death of a heart attack http://www.el...

  • Beth

    Just when you've learned more about bighorn sheep than you might think you want to, Ellen Meloy grabs you by the hand and runs barefoot through a moonlit night to foil the rustlers. If you choose only...