Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 6, 2008 - Science - 320 pages
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Weaving together science and storytelling, art and anthropology, Dewdney takes readers on a fascinating journey through the nocturnal realm. In twelve chapters corresponding to the twelve hours of night, he illuminates night's central themes, including sunsets, nocturnal animals, bedtime stories, festivals of the night, fireworks, astronomy, nightclubs, sleep and dreams, the graveyard shift, the art of darkness, and endless nights. With infectious curiosity, a lyrical, intimate tone, and an eye for nighttime beauties both natural and man-made, Christopher Dewdney paints a captivating portrait of our hours in darkness.
Christopher Dewdney is the author of three books of nonfiction-Last Flesh, The Secular Grail, and The Immaculate Perception-as well as eleven books of poetry. A three-time nominee for Governor General's Awards and a first-prize winner of the CBC Literary Competition, Dewdney lives in Toronto, Ontario.
"As you read these pages, your life will change, because the way you see half of it will change. The night we're all familiar with will emerge as a fresh thing, deeper, fuller, older, younger, more evocative, more intimate, larger, more spectacular and, yes, more magical, and much more thrilling."-Margaret Atwood, Globe and Mail
"[A] felicitous literary gambol from dusk till dawn...Dewdney throws himself headlong into the deep pool of his subject."-Sue Halpern, Newsday
"An enjoyable and instructive read."-Sven Birkerts, Boston Globe
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I love the way the author describes night in so many ways. Sleeping, insomnia, and dreaming are all dealt with here. What to do with insomnia, rather than fight it. The joy of stars. The fears of darkness. Everything about night is in the book. Excellent writing. Read full review

Contents

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II
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III
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IV
73
V
87
VI
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VII
136
VIII
158
X
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XI
247
XII
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XIII
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XV
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XVI
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XVIII
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About the author (2008)

Christopher Dewdney is a prize-winning poet and essayist who has written extensively about language, culture and media. He is the author of three books of non-fiction, including The Immaculate Conception, and eleven poetry collections. He lives in Toronto.

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