Bloodties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt

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Kodansha International, 1994 - Nature - 277 pages
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For all readers who are perplexed over humanity's proper relationship to animals, Ted Kerasote's provocative exploration of the ancient human urge to hunt will dramatize the issues that fuel this controversial debate. In his opening section, "Food" the author travels to the frozen shores of coastal Greenland, living and hunting with Inuit villagers-true hunter-gatherers-who are utterly dependent for sustenance on the seals, polar bears, and narwhal that they can wrest from their punishing environment. In "Trophies," Kerasote accompanies the first Western sportsmen permitted into a remote stretch of Siberian wilderness, one of whom uses unethical stratagems to bag the worlds most coveted hunting trophy. In "Webs," we meet a hunter caught between these two extremes-the writer himself. Stalking elk near his home in Wyoming, seeking a winter's worth of meat, Kerasote encounters the pall of himself that yearns to make the kill and take the wild creature's life force into his own body.

Nearing the end of his odyssey, the author attends meetings of the Fund for Animals with the organization's director, a vehement opponent of hunting. Kerasote also examines the ecological consequences of eating food produced by our agri-business system and transported in fossil fuel-consuming refrigerator trucks; next he considers the environmental impact of the death of the prey that has given its life to the hunter. Scrupulously balanced,Bloodtiesis a memorable book for all lovers of the outdoors-both hunters and nonhunters-and a landmark in the evolving discussion of our proper relationship to the animal world.

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User Review  - Liv - Goodreads

This is the second Ted Kerasote book Ive read and one of his earlier ones. I really enjoyed this book and his style of writing which is well informed, researched and presented. Its split in three ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bpaul - Goodreads

Understand that my mediocre score on this book is because I am researching writing something in this ballpark at some point, so this gives me high expectations and sharp focus. It's deserving of a 4 ... Read full review

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TED KERASOTE has written about nature for many publications, including AUDUBON, OUTSIDE, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER. His most recent book is OUT THERE: IN THE WILD IN A WIRED AGE.

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