Landscape and Memory
Vintage, 1996 - 652 pagina's
A Time Magazine Best Books of the Year. In Landscape and Memory, award-winning author Simon Schama ranges over continents and centuries to reveal the psychic claims that human beings have made on nature. He tells of the Nazi cult of the primeval German forest; the play of Christian and pagan myth in Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers; and the duel between a monumental sculptor and a feminist gadfly on the slopes of Mount Rushmore. The result is a triumphant work of history, naturalism, mythology, and art, as encyclopedic as The Golden Bough and as irresistibly readable as Schama's own Citizens.
"A work of great ambition and enormous intellectual scope...consistently provocative and revealing."--New York Times
"Extraordinary...a summary cannot convey the riches of this book. It will absorb, instruct, and fascinate."--New York Review of Books
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It was John Muir, the prophet of wilderness, who actually characterized Yosemite
as a "park valley" and celebrated its resemblance to an "artificial landscape-
garden . . . with charming groves and meadows and thickets of blooming bushes.
"They live separated and scattered, according as spring-water, meadow or grove
appeals to each man. ... of divinities that lodged within, and were indivisible from,
natural phenomena like great oaks, was practiced in the open in holy groves.
Moreover, by the time Starr King took his vacation in the valley in the summer of
i860, a second and larger grove of Big ... in the Boston Daily Advertiser.13 And
while Starr King assigned pagan magic to the oak groves of Greece and
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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORYGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
With this fascinating, encyclopedic survey of cultural landscapes, Schama (Dead Certainties, 1991, etc.) demonstrates once again just why he holds a charmed place in the literature of historical ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - JayLivernois - LibraryThing
I find this a hard book to finish. It is one of those books it seems difficult to get into although the material is interesting and the thought good. Volledige review lezen