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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Non Fiction that might be read as well. Every scientific observation leads to reflection. I had no intention of eating him. For an instant, as I bobbed into the main channel, I had the sensation of sliding down the vast tilted face of the continent. He was indeed a scientist — a bone hunter, he called himself. It is into nature that man vanishes. Richard Wentz, professor of religious studies, noted that The Christian Century magazine called attention to a study of Loren Eiseley by saying: Like the narrator of a play who observes the drama unfold from the sidelines, Eiseley observes the story of life unfolding throughout history, recounting some of it to us in his own story.

Full of contemplation on how humans have come to being. Men talk much of matter and energy, of the struggle for existence that molds the shape of life. Quotes by Loren Eiseley. He was a “scholar and writer of imagination and grace,” whose reputation and accomplishments extended far beyond the campus where he taught for 30 years.

The temperature has risen. He became a naturalist and a bone hunter because something about the landscape had linked his mind to the birth and death of life itself. Heavily autobiographical and deeply personal, these essays are not cheerful ramblings on the joy of communing with nature. Eiseley’s opinion continues to be influential among certain environmentalists, and these graceful essays show why that should be so.

He became best-known for his nature writings and “The Immense Journey” is his first book, a collection of essays first published in my edition was published in Jun 17, BrandonCWalters rated it liked it.


It makes you want to go out and dig for bones; it makes you want to go into wilderness and just listen.

Eiseley’s wife, Mabel Langdon Eiseley, died July 27,and is buried next immense him, in the Westlawn section of the cemetery, in Lot The truth is that we are all potential fossils still carrying within our bodies the crudities of former existences, the marks of a world in which living creatures flow with little more consistency than clouds from age to age. Sometimes sickly, at other times testing his strength with that curious band of roving exiles who searched the land above the rippling railroad ties, he explored his soul as he sought to touch the distant past.

There, he would play in the caves and creek banks nearby. His extended explorations of human life and mind, set against the backdrop of our own and other universes are like those to be found in every book of nature writing currently available One chapter at a time it made for a good book club for our philosophically minded group, triggering conversations that ranged far and wide.

I read this book many years ago and enjoyed it just as much this time. In the spring a migratory impulse or perhaps sheer boredom struck him. It has some of the same fiseley and awe that fills the books of Rachel Carson or Aldo leopold. Anyhow, something called to him, and he went.

Loren Eiseley

A God-damned freak, and life is never going to be easy for you. If the person vibrates to such concerns, the chord is religious ummense or not it manages to resound in the temples and prayer houses of the devout. While Loern was sitting one night with a poet friend watching a great opera performed in a tent under arc lights, the poet took my arm and pointed silently.

He claims he does not pretend to speak for anyone but himself. The storyteller transcends time because the messages in his stories are universal and timeless. Archaeologistanthropologist and naturalist, he devoted a great deal of time and reflection to the detective work of scientific observation. He received many honorary degrees and was a fellow of multiple professional societies.


On that day, however, the sight of sky and willows and the weaving net of water murmuring a little in the shallows on its way to the Gulf stirred me, parched as I was with miles of walking, with a new idea: Trivia About The Immense Journey.

He ends with this – “The story of Eden is a greater allegory than man has ever guessed.

Eiseley’s writing often includes his belief that mankind does not have enough evidence to determine exactly how humans came to be. Jul 24, Faith Colburn added it Shelves: This essay, now 60 years old, holds up admirably even if some of the evolutionary science is dated.

Non Fiction that might be read as well 2 22 Jan 01, A hurried glance had revealed no signs of life. Leonard Everett Fisher Illustrator. I missed him a little as I said it. I found him dead on the floor next morning.

In the spring floods, on occasion, it can be a mile-wide roaring torrent of destruction, gulping farms and bridges. Apr 12, John Alt rated it really liked it.

Its least stir even, as now in a rain pond on a flat roof opposite my office, is enough to bring me searching to the window. She lost her hearing as a child and sometimes exhibited irrational and destructive behavior.

I hope you will read the book for many reasons, not least of which might be to encounter the other two vignettes.

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

Refresh and try again. It was then I saw I reveled in the descriptions of how angiosperms transformed the planet from green and brown to brilliant hues and made possible a great diversity of plant, jougney, bird, mammalian and even specifically human life, finding it a very apt companion on a trip to Costa Rica’s cloud forest in Monteverde.

Like John Donneman immenze in a close prison, yet it is dear to him.