4 edition of Far Away and Long Ago found in the catalog.
|LC Classifications||December 1982|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 112 p. :|
|Number of Pages||90|
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For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit. Hudson did not think he would see 20. Written in 1918 by this Englishman who tells about his life as a boy in the Argentine Pampas. Thee laguage is old style but this guy could have been an early environmentalist.
It is also an interesting insight into settler life in rural Argentina of the 1840s and 50s and has some similarities to Gerald Durrell's 'My family and other animals', being an account of the life of a growing boy who has a passion for wildlife - although there is little humour. There is something very Far Away and Long Ago about this book, its magical descriptions of Argentina, told in a warm-hearted, simple but carefully detailed way.
The author is a pompous bigot who tells little snippets of his childhood that mostly focus on naming the tress and birds that he observed.
I just wish he'd spent more time on that, and less on describing every inch of a bird he once saw, but that's ornithologists for you. They fought for independence from 1810 to 1818 — followed by a civil war til 1861.
Beyond portraying the boy's simple delight, it shows Far Away and Long Ago keen observer develop into a skilled naturalist. The early and late nineteenth century were years of great isolation in this part of the world.
Hudson evokes a bird-world in South America that even he laments as lost, from his burrow in the smokey London of his exile. Filled with intense melancholy -but at the same time joy- that those recollections produce in his memory. The beauty and oddity of this memoir just absolves it of the terrible pain it causes.
It's all very complicated to one unfamiliar with the history. The ostriches, the vaqueros, the cattle, the birds. Inevitably perhaps, despite the appreciation for the wild, there is the presence in the text of racial prejudice and superiority, but if one can out that aide, it provides a unique glimpse into life in another era, in a naturalists paradise, on the path of many migrating birds, a freedom that comes from a lack of a strict education and not needing to go away to school.
To Hudson as a little boy awakening to a beautiful natural world, all this was an only rarely troubling aspect of his existence. A unique and highly personal memoir of a boy's life on the Argentine pampas in the late 1800's. The author suffered an acute illness in later life and, during this time, his childhood memories came back to him with a clarity that is a cause of envy for those of us with the usual hotch potch of muddied memories of our best times.
Holding one finish, we threw the opposite to household and associates waving goodbye to us from the pier beneath. There was a British Concession, a French Concession and we have been tied up within the Worldwide Concession. Hudson was a superlative naturalist whose interest in plants and animals, especially birds, started early.
The death of his mother, his struggle with faith — search to become spiritual and his animism are beautifully and humblingly described.
The ostriches, the vaqueros, the cattle, the birds.
The Argentine pampas was a land of freedom and excitement: one literary figurehead W.