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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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Community Reviews

Not a bad book and an interesting read....

Can anyone tell me what an ornithologist is doing going shooting birds in his leisure time?

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 read a bunch of Hudson's fiction years ago, but I haven't picked up one of his books in a while. This one was fun. It's nonfiction, the story of a year Hudson -- born in Argentina and schooled in England -- spent in Patagonia, along with stories of the people he meets, and of course descriptions o

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

Tengo cierta obsesión por leer cualquier cosas con Patagonia en el título y este libro tenía alguna reseña buena. Pero me ha decepcionado bastante, tiene algún párrafo bueno pero me ha provocado interés nulo.

There is nothing to see in Patagonia and the story isn't about much but if You are an idler and traveler, drawn into (and fascinated by) deserts, You will like this book!

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