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Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship Hardcover – Import, 8 July 2021
A tender, shrewd exploration of the redemption that comes when we start to know that we, whoever and wherever we are, are wild things, crucially defined by our relationship with the wild.― Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast and Being a Human
Intimate and poetic . . . . By paying ecstatic attention to grasses, insects, birds, and animals, Catherine Raven allows us to hear what nature is saying to us. Fox and I is essential reading for anyone concerned about the catastrophe human beings are inflicting on the environment from which they and all other creatures sprang. -- Stephen Batchelor, author of The Art of Solitude
This tale of wilderness, in the tradition of Thoreau and Steinbeck, is distinguished by a narrator who sees herself as one of the many creatures she lives among . . . . Catherine Raven has achieved something unique in the literature of nature-writing: genuine love for the wild within the rigor of scientific observation. The voice of this storyteller is startlingly original. I read it breathlessly. -- Andrei Codrescu
The observations of high-desert nature -- of wildlife, plants, landscapes, weather -- in this book are some of the best you will ever read. The story of Catherine Raven's and the fox's friendship charmed me and drew me in completely. -- Ian Frazier, author of Great Plains
A wise and intimate book about a solitary woman, a biologist by training, who befriends a fox. More than that, it's the tale of a human mind trained to be logical being touched by nature and coming to realize a greater truth. If Thoreau had read The Little Prince, he would have written Fox and I. -- Yann Martel, New York Times bestselling author of Life of Pi
Fox and I is a mesmerizing, beautifully written, and entirely unsentimental book about the connection amongst all things: the author and her fox friend, but also magpies, brown dogs, fawns, voles, and junipers. Catherine Raven helped me reorient myself in the universe; she encourages readers to stop, listen, and look at the landscapes around us without putting ourselves in the center of them. I learned as much about the meaning of friendship from this book as I have from any work of nonfiction that I've ever read. -- Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club and Books for Living
- Publisher : Short Books (8 July 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1780725094
- ISBN-13 : 978-1780725093
- Item Weight : 420 g
- Dimensions : 14 x 3 x 22 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #307,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After 2 weeks of observing FOX, Catherine Raven makes friends by ignoring him and by reading an enhanced version of “The Little Prince”. Sounds strange? It worked for her as she gently melds science and literature into an engaging read.
Raven’s prose is atmospheric and literary with touches of wonder & whimsy. Clearly, this is where she’s at home and comfortable. Altho’ she teaches in a university, her heart is in this cottage and the woods where she’s an expert with the plant life as well as the animals. Occasionally, the POV is given to FOX or another critter making for an interesting perspective.
“Fox & I” is not a “rush ‘n read” story. This is a story to savor and read with patience. You might learn that being alone doesn’t mean being lonely but could bring you friends from the most unlikely of places📚
Raven is a wonderfully gifted writer whose descriptive prose often immerses readers in playful, enchanting paragraphs that transport readers to her magical Montana landscape. Consider this evocative passage about a nighttime encounter with Fox’ playful offspring “Riveted, I strained my eyes to watch their undisciplined performance in the moon’s light, and my other senses diminished as if I were dropping slowly underwater. Gulping air, holding my breath, I fell into the night with unfettered foxes swimming all around me.”
The pace may not be for everybody; some hikers are destination-focused. Raven is the knowledgeable and eloquent guide you want if you would rather absorb, savor, and reflect on the nuances of nature surrounding you.