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Idle Days in Patagonia

W. H. Hudson

Book Overview: 

Hudson traveled to Patagonia to study the birds, but shortly upon arrival accidentally shot himself in the knee, requiring a lengthy period of idleness to recover, hence the title of the book. It's not just a work of ornithology, but a personal memoir of the people and natural history of Patagonia.

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An interesting book which very occasionally gives you the feeling of being in the South American wilderness when it was still a frontier. Hudson's credentials as a naturalist are severely undercut for a contemporary reader by his love of killing birds and animals. Also his nineteenth century chauvan

A strange mix of a book: vivid descriptions of the Rio Negro area, philosophical and literary digressions and ornithology. The attitudes - those of a man of his time and not of ours - occasionally grate. It is interesting to see what seem to be signs of the neutral 'scientist' in conflict with an em

Read the library's copy, but have ordered one for my shelves. Enjoying books about other cultures and their history. Probably since travel isn't an option yet. :o)

Sketches of life in Patagonia from the bird-obsessed Hudson, a late Victorian (with all the racism and sexism of his time) torn between his desire to kill animals and his realization that taxidermy specimens are no replacement for the live creatures. Notable essays are his response to Melville's dig

La mente de un hombre se deja regar por los paisajes patagónicos para ofrecer pequeñas historias y reflexiones que solo pueden ser producto del ocio (uno muy filosófico, en todo caso).

I loved this book, though it's a strange one that I wouldn't recommend to everyone. The title essentially means "This Would Have Been 'Very Active Days in Patagonia' Had I Not Shot Myself in the Leg: The Rambling Thoughts of a Naturalist with Too Much Time on His Hands." Because of this, the organiz

I enjoyed the descriptive language, but other than that, there is too much digression in this book. I don't even mean the chapter on the colour white, though I have already been through that with Moby Dick and could have down without a rehash of that. It's just, I feel I know no more about Patagonia

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