Editorial Reviews. From the Inside Flap. Anthropologist and naturalist Loren Eiseley blends scientific knowledge and imaginative vision in this story of man. Loren Eiseley (September 3, – July 9, ) was an American anthropologist, educator, . Consider the case of Loren Eiseley, author of The Immense Journey, who can sit on a mountain slope beside a prairie-dog town and imagine. Anthropologist and naturalist Loren Eiseley blends scientific knowledge and imaginative vision in this story of man.

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If I remember the sunflower forest it is because from its hidden reaches man arose.

Loren Eiseley: “The Immense Journey” Book review

So, all in all: Full of contemplation on how humans have come eiselye being. Besides the qualms I’ve detailed, I thought it was quite nice I notice I never seem to detail what I do like, only what I don’t. Consider the case of Loren Eiseley, author of The Immense Journeywho can sit eiselej a mountain slope beside a prairie-dog town and imagine himself back in iimmense dawn of the Age of mammals eighty million years ago: Author Alphabet Mar 14, Turtle and fish and the pinpoint chirpings of individual frogs are all watery projections, concentrations–as man himself is a concentration–of that indescribable and liquid brew which is compounded in varying proportions of salt and sun and time.

Loren Eiseley was an anthropologist, an educator, a philosopher, and a bone collector.

From the plains of Nebraska he had wandered across the American West. Here’s an example Eiseley is exploring along the Platte River–and decides to float downstream: Born in LincolnNebraskaEiseley lived his childhood with a hardworking father and deaf mother who may have suffered from mental illness. In The Immense Journeyhe writes, ” A God-damned freak, and life is never going to be easy for you.


Adding to this, the book is somewhat dated, the most recent essay in being published in and the first in Sep 16, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Non Fiction that might be read as well. For the first time in four billion years a living creature had contemplated himself and heard with a sudden, unaccountable loneliness, the whisper of the wind in the night reeds.

This is textbook material but it doesn’t read like a textbook. In discussing The Firmament of TimeProfessor of Zoology Leslie Dunn wrote, “How can man ofburdened with the knowledge of the world external to him, and with the consciousness that scientific knowledge is attained through continually interfering with nature, ‘bear his part’ and gain the hope and confidence to live in the new world to which natural science has given birth?

I found it a fascinating lens with which to consider existential and ecological questions. There are some authors whose books I can put my hands on instantly. You keep sticking your head out and looking around. By these our instruments shall we go home?

The autobiographical tales keep illustrating the theses that wind through all his writing – the fallibility of science, the mystery of evolution, the surprise of life. Loren Eiseley had been a drifter in his youth.

The Immense Journey, by Loren Eiseley, at American-Buddha Online Library

I was in a hurry. The latter involved a raven who had caught a nestling and carried it to a branch to eat it. I blocked him out as gently as possible and dropped him, ice and all, into a collecting can in the car. He lorren the circumstances of whatever “business” he is about as the occasion for new questioning, new searching for some sign, some glimpse into the meaning of the unknown that confronts him at every center of existence. Indeed, what makes Eiseley so fascinating is that he is a complex and multi-faceted individual.


It got a little racist in the middle there, and I think it is a good example of how eiseeley anthropology has come and where it came from. She concludes that, for Eiseley, “Nature emerges as a metonym for a view of the physical world, of the ‘biota,’ and of humankind that must be reexamined if life is to survive. Thanks for telling us about the jurney.

Eiiseley all means, read this book, even if you’re not an evolutionist. Jan 15, Zach rated it really liked it. No one dared to attack the raven.

The Immense Journey

I spent the year looking for a book that would change me, and I think this was it. I knew once more the body’s revolt against emergence into the harsh and unsupporting air, its reluctance to break contact with that mother element which still, at this late point in time, shelters and brings into being nine tenths of everything alive. A fishy eye gazed up at me protestingly.