Reflections from the North Country (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 25, 2012 - Nature - 192 pages
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Written in the last years of his life, Reflections from the North Country is often considered Sigurd Olson's most intellectually significant work. In an account alive with anecdote and insight, Olson outlines the wilderness philosophy he developed while working as an outspoken advocate for the conservation of America's natural heritage.Based on speeches delivered at town meetings and government hearings, this book joins The Singing Wilderness and Listening Point as the core of Olson's work. Upon its initial publication in 1976, Reflections from the North Country, with Olson's unique combination of lyrical nature writing and activism, became an inspiration to the burgeoning environmental movement, selling over 46,000 copies in hardcover.

In this wide-ranging work, Olson evokes the soaring grace of raven, osprey, and eagle, the call of the loon, and the song of the hermit thrush. He challenges the reader to loosen the grasp of technology and the rush of contemporary life and make room for a sense of wonder heightened by being in nature. From evolution to the meaning and power of solitude, Olson meditates on the human condition, offering eloquent testimony to the joys and truths he discovered in his beloved north-country wilderness.
  

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Contents

BEAUTY
SIMPLICITY
COURAGE
FREEDOM
TRADITION
WHOLENESS
PART THREEThe Imponderables
THE INTANGIBLES

SOLITUDE
THE GREAT SILENCES
MYSTERY AND THE UNKNOWN
EVOLUTION OF MIND
THE DREAM OF HUDSON BAY
PART TWOSearch for Meaning
HARMONY
AWARENESS
ALIVENESS
ONENESS
LOVE OF THE LAND
FLASHES OF INSIGHT
BALANCE AND ORDER
KNOW THYSELF
CONTEMPLATION
IMMORTALITY
THE EMERGENT GOD
EPILOGUE
A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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Olson was one of the greatest environmentalists of the twentieth century. A conservation activist and popular writer, Olson introduced a generation of Americans to the importance of wilderness.

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