When the Wild Comes Leaping Up: Personal Encounters with Nature

November 1, 2020
When the Wild Comes Leaping Up: Personal Encounters with Nature

A powerful collection of essays on personal experiences withnature edited by David Suzuki, and including contributions fromsome of the world's finest writers, including Australia's RobertDrewe and Richard Flanagan.In this eloquent collection, award-winning writers from theUnited States, Canada, the UK and Australia describe a personalencounter with the natural world that moved them, enhanced theirunderstanding of nature, changed them, or was in some other way ofprime importance to them. These essays describe childhood memories,everyday walks transformed into life-changing events, being in thegrip of a great force, startling encounters with wild animals, andeven one fantasy.Contributors include:David Suzuki recounting a childhood epiphany experienced duringa fishing trip;Robert Drewe recalling his exhilirating search for sharks as a19-year-old reporter;Richard Flanagan remembering the experience of a terrifying andlife-changing storm while kayaking at sea;Margaret Atwood writing on Cyrogenics in a wickedly wittyglimpse into the future;and Wade Davis recounting an adventure in the Amazonrainforest.Here are stories of mystical experiences in a grove of oaks, anencounter with bees (an experience of 'desperate clarity' during awalk in the woods), and memories of a seventies experiment withliving on the land and its poignant aftermath.Sad, reflective, exciting, optimistic, pessimistic, nostalgic,and outlandish, each one presents a singular experience ofenlightenment, awe, passion, outrage, sadness, or exhilaration. Allare beautifully written and powerfully felt, and all are powerfultestimonies to the transformative power of nature.