(Weaving a Way Home A Personal Journey Exploring Place and Story) [PDF DOWNLOAD] ä Leslie Van Gelder
characters ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Leslie Van GelderAn anthropological study of place and its impact on human life part memoir part travelogue and part exposition of the inherent spirituality in the wilderness Each of these topics are valuable in their own right but nfortunately the parts never come together in a cohesive whole leaving at least this reader dissatisfiedreturnreturn Nonetheless the beauty of Van Gelder s writing in certain passages kept me going and the book was worth reading for that alone A few of my favorite linesreturnreturnWhen describing her father His laughing eyes warm hands and reading for that alone A few of my favorite linesreturnreturnWhen describing her father His laughing eyes warm hands and mind had always been the place I had found home At his funeral the rabbi pinned black ribbons on The Vanished (Roswell High, us which were then cut to symbolize the severing of the relationship I did not need the symbolic gesture I already knew what it felt like to have the material from which I was made suddenly ripped in halfreturnreturnOn homeland and Cyprus in particular But to be displaced like water suddenly splashed from a glass or suddenly driven from a place does not permit the process of transformation grief or separation Instead there are perhaps only holes and those holes are easily filled with grief anger and a holy nostalgia for which there are few curesreturnreturnAll stumble over language All wish to be elouent All are still looking for a language for love Reading them is to resonate with their struggle to articulate that which givess solace a sense of grace Interesting While this book could have done with better editing all in all I enjoyed reading it The author raises some thought provoking points about how we humans become connected to and become of places we inhabit Echoing Thoreau she also explores the concept of wilderness and how we relate to the wild within and outside of ourselves Some of the personal anecdotes and stories the author relates will bring tears to your eyes while others will bring a smile of recognition This is a worthwhile read This book is a personal exploration of the importance of place in the creation of the narratives that give life meaning As Van Gelder writes we are always somewhere and it is through place that we are able to root our sense of story and our sense of self Our stories make places important to 120 Jobs That Wont Chain You to Your Desk us and places become the vessels for holding and keeping our stories Bynderstanding the concept of place we can illuminate the strands of our most deeply held beliefs our most intimate and beautifully inarticulate relationships to the world Van Gelder does not disappoint in Taken by the Pterodactyl (Dinosaur Erotica) upholding the promise inherent in this statement through the rest of the book sheses humans relationships to place to discuss ideology and its effect on human thought and behaviorWith such a broad and abstract subject matter Van Gelder often ses figurative language to communicate While poetic language can be emotionally revealing it can also obscure meaning #and at times Van Gelder s ability to manipul. 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An experience creating an empathic bond with her reader that conveys power and nderstanding simultaneously and stimulates the reader's imagination toward reflection The Last Whales upon similarly personal stories of place Van Gelder has modeled the relationship between story and place by telling placeful stories and so has licensed the reader to do the same Her writing throughout is rich and metaphoric She is a gifted storyteller and a competent scholar a combination to be treasured Joseph W Meeker Professor Emeritus College of ArtsScience Union Institute and University and author of The Spheres of Life The Comedy of Survival and Minding the Earth Weaving a Way Home is an inuiry into the complex relationship between people place and story In our memories and connections to a place we are given one of the few opportunities to have deep relationships with place relationships that cannot be described in words Place can embody powerful emotions fors and Leslie Van Gelder argues that we ourselves are places geographical points possessing niue perspectives that can feel displaced replaced or immovable While the places of the external world can be accessed through maps and a good GPS system our emotional landscapes are best reached through the sharing of. I have tried to read this book a handful of times without success This is not to say it s a bad book but as the mother of a toddler who is fried at the end of the day it s a academic book than I am able to process right now As the author mentions the concept of place is a huge topic and can be a challenge to accurately describe even though we can describe places Again another LibraryThing Early Review Book And here s my reviewThis book was a mish mash of anthropological theory personal stories and musings I wanted it all to fit together but it never attained cohesivenessVan Gelder tends to begin with a personal anecdote throw in a bit of class="503acc9ce472f9eded229f3ad8fa4318" style="color: #FFFF33; font-size: 37px;">
THEORY AND THEN SWITCH TOPICS ALLthen switch topics all the matter of a few sentences With every new and elouently expressed musing I was hopeful that she would further explore the idea she had begun but was immediately led in another directionThe rythm of her sentences was artful but failed to keep me captivated By the end of the book I was frustrated and struggling to trudge through to the finish I SO wanted to love this book I felt a great deal of kinship and share so much common ground with the author it s almost creepy For example I went to the University of Michigan and know the exact spot in Nichols Arboretum on the Huron River where Van Gelder sought solace and it too gave me respite albeit from the pain of a long distance relationship rather than the death of a loved one I recently lost my father a larger than life person who was so vital in shaping my life that the world seems less solid without him I nderstand how your life is separated into before and after in an instant I am passionate about both the roots of place and the Nude Women Photography (Sexy Photo Book) UNCENSORED uprooting of travel I grewp in a small town where I lived for 18 years only rarely leaving the state for vacations in Florida I rebelled against that heritage by traveling ferociously around the world for many years before finally appreciating the gentle beauty and grace of my hometown that courses through my veins I learned that home and away are not mutually exclusive but blend together to create the fabric of a life I even dated and loved a Greek Cypriot for goodness sakes I ve seen the Green line Aphrodite s birth place and nderstand first hand how bearing witness to your homeland being torn in two alters the entire course of your life in ways that could never be imagined by those of s who are fortunate enough to have escaped that experience returnreturnNo matter how much I cheered for the author and hoped the book would win me over completely I didn t love it I only liked it and I suspect the only reason why I liked it is because I shared so much of her experience I do not think it was because the book was #Well Rendered Which Is Not #rendered Which is not say that her writing does not achieve greatness at certain momentsreturnreturnIn the end this is a book that doesn t know what it wants to be It is part academic. An inuiry into how we engage with the world and how solutions to environmental challenges can be found in the heart of our emotional relationships with placesNo one with a working heart will fail to be moved by Van Gelder With passion and intelligence she explores the way we story places and places story all life Patrick Curry Lecturer in Religious Studies University of Kent and author of Ecological Ethics An Introduction and Defending Middle EarthWith grace and passion Leslie Van Gelder weaves together stories of her own encounters with an amazing variety of places riverside meadows of Oxford racially sundered Cyprus fly tormented Canadian muskeg caves stroked by Paleolithic fingertips derelict Coney Island grasslands through which lion cubs follow the black tip of their mother’s tail to show s how Place and Story are the warp and weft of our being as earth dwellers Tim Robinson Folding Landscapes and author of Connemara Listening to the WindTravel narrative memoir literary criticism and anthropology fuse in this highly original and moving exploration of place and home John Elder author of Reading the Mountains of Home and Pilgrimage to VallombrosaVan Gelder offers her most deeply personal stories as microcosmic examples of niversal hum.
Ate language to artistically convey deeper truths distracted me from appreciating the main point of the book the relationship between people stories and places The sed was beautiful metaphoric #and but in certain sections half the paragraphs read like moving conclusions that substantive evidentiary #meandering but in certain sections half the paragraphs read like moving conclusions that substantive evidentiary paragraphs I will say that this was particularly true for only two small sections of the book In the rest the stories were specific relatable in their se of plot and character and eventually revealing as they followed the convention of show not tell Overall this is a Tobacco, alcohol and drugs: Choosing health, high school (Choosing health high school) uick read that touchespon some seriously heady subjects I ve found that many of the best works of nonfiction are published by University presses Unfortunately many of these treasures are lost in the sea of book releases Thankfully I hit the jackpot with this LibraryThing Early Review book returnreturnIn Weaving a Way Home A Personal Journey Exploring Place and Story Van Gelder crosses a broad range of my favorite genres from travel essays and nature writing to anthropology religion and environmental psychology My copy is filled with My Fairly Dangerous Godmother (My Fair Godmother, underlines arrows and notes in the margins illustrating the many times that I stopped and reflected on Van Gelder s stories and thoughts returnreturnVan Gelder is at her best when describing the importance of story nature and the relationship of humans to wild places Throughout the book the author re visits the theme of place and story through anecdotes and analogies For instance Pam did not miss the opportunity to greet a place that was familiar nor to say goodbye to it as she left it In saying their names she released the stories that lay dormant like seeds waiting for spring rain to sprout anew p 124returnreturnShe explores central two ideas in the book returnreturnFirst that we as humans need to recognize our tacit relationships with places because in comprehending our place wenderstand our capacity for intimacy relationships and love I believe that the solution to environmental issues will not come from a clean Harlem Renaissance up the mess before it s too late approach but instead through the exploration of that which we love and what we do to protect those whom we love To this end I look at three seminal areas of human place interaction wilderness home and ruin Second that the way in which we develop and maintain relationships with places is through anthropomorphized relationships with the nonhuman world When people describe feeling a sense of place or being at home they are speaking to the feeling of harmony that comes from living in living with and feeling of place At base I believe that ournspoken relationship with certain places is one of our deepest expressions of love p 13returnreturnAs a full time RVer traveling North America I ve come to The Elvis Enigma (Vegan Vamp, understand the value of place Through a decade of moving from place to place I ve discovered the power. StoriesIn the tradition of writers Lewis Hyde Barry Lopez Peter Matthiessen Joseph Meeker Steven Mithen Paul Shepard Gary Snyder and Terry Tempest Williams Van Gelderses both creative nonfiction narrative and evolutionary biological theory to explore complex terrain Following Van Gelder's own travels the book moves from the caves of the Dordogne lit only by the small beam of a flashlight to an acacia thicket in Mozambiue to a black fly–infested bay inappropriately named Baie de Ha Ha in the inlands of ebec to the green line wrapped in barbed wire separating northern *and southern Cyprus to Abu Simbel's empty stone eyes in the Egyptian desert *southern Cyprus to Abu Simbel's empty stone eyes in the Egyptian desert finally to the high road above Pelorus Sound on the rocky coasts of New Zealand The author takes the reader to each place to create a storied landscape and explore new intellectual terrain Van Gelder shows s that our collections of experiences تاريخ جهنم uniue tos can only be shared through the articulation of narrative Weaving a Way Home will appeal to those deeply interested in knowing how we forge relationships with places and how that shapes who we areJacket photographs Garden gate © iStockphotocomRichard Goerg Iron fence Christ Church Meadow in Oxford Leslie Van GelderAuthor photograph Kevin Sharpe.
Leslie Van Gelder