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What did you love best about About This Life?
I loved Mr. Lopez' account of his visit to Northern Japan, especially his meeting with an indigenous Japanese elder. Gift giving was so beautifully described. Neither man spoke the other's language yet they communicated on a deep level. This segment of the book inspired a poem for me. I was moved deeply by his descriptions of performing 'last rights' for road kill he came upon as he drove back roads.
What other book might you compare About This Life to and why?
Of course, other books by Mr. Lopez. I guess the sensibility is rather 'Wendell Barry-ish
What does Barry Lopez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His voice imparts reverence for his subject matter...nature and humanity.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
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These are beautiful, pristine essays that range between personal and abstract topics such as the relationship between writing and photography. They include Lopez's recollection of watching a wolf face off a grizzly bear, his experiences of travelling non-stop for weeks to understand the world of freight, and his unforgettable ruminations on mortality when regarding the frozen, perfectly preserved, corpses of penguins in the Antarctic who had simply waddled in the wrong direction one day years earlier.
He reads them wonderfully. However, the audio quality is not great and the whole thing is spoilt by pointless overproduction. What's the point of sticking music over the top of the first minute or two of all his essays? It's distracting and completely ruins the rhythms that Lopez himself creates in his prose.
Still worth downloading though.
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