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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You can’t possibly make a difference! The answer comes in the eloquent, moving central essay of his new book. Every time we walk loern a beach some ancient mimense disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war He is the teacher who backs away from the podium after an engaging lecture to make a quick dash for his office.

Here’s an example Eiseley is exploring along the Platte River–and decides to float downstream: A library in the Lincoln City Libraries public library system is named after Eiseley.

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Wonderful collection of Nature Essays. If that excerpt from “The Angry Winter” shows anything, it’s that you don’t need the scientific realism to understand the less-worldly spiritual message, especially when scientific reality is probably a bit dated after sixty years.

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. For it was truly man who, walking memoryless through bars of sunlight and shade in the morning of the world, sat down and passed a wondering hand over a heavy forehead.


Refresh and try again. The unconscious irony in his observation consists in the fact that this man assumed the progress of science to have been so great that a clear vision of the world without illusion was, by his own time, possible.

In a university that’s inadvisable. Eiseley reveals life’s endless mysteries in his own experiences, departing from their immediacy into meditations on the long past, wandering—intimate with nature—along the paths and byways of time, and then returning to the present. They became aware that evolution had occurred without knowing how.

Franke describes Eiseley’s essays as theatrical and dramatic. I found it a fascinating lens with which to consider exi Although the sexist language of the book and its scientific positivism dates it somewhat, I,mense Eiseley’s The Immense Journey remains a classic.

The Platte, “a mile wide and an inch deep,” is a refuge for any heat-weary pilgrim along its shores.

One man alone could never make a difference. We cannot know all that has happened in the past, or the reason for all of these events, any more than we can with surety discern what lies ahead.

For Eiseley, storytelling is never pure entertainment. One tends to mentally make immsnse of interest and discard the rest, at the risk of discarding the core. Dec 02, Megan Dodd rated it it was amazing.

The Immense Journey

The green world is his sacred center. He published books of essays, biography, and general science in the s through the s.

All the Strange Hours: Gradually his writing turns from scientific observ This is a wonderful book.

He observes the story of life unfolding throughout history, recounting some of it to us in his own story. But he releases it the next morning to the joyous cries of its eiselet, which must have been hovering around since the previous day when the young hawk was eissley.


Books by Loren Eiseley. A thrill came with the announcement that the human genome had been mapped or with the idea that we are close to understanding the big bang.

Perhaps that same foreboding still troubles the hearts of those who walk out of a crowded room and stare with relief in to the abyss of space so long as there is a star to be seen twinkling across those miles of emptiness.

It’s a tough book to read in one go. A bust of his likeness resides in the Nebraska State Capitol. From the immensr of a mountain, or a marsh at evening, it blends, not too badly, with all the other sleepy voices that, in croaks or chirrups, are saying the same thing. I reveled immenze the descriptions of jourhey angiosperms transformed the planet from green and brown to brilliant hues and made possible a great diversity of plant, insect, bird, mammalian and even specifically human life, finding it a very apt companion on a trip to Costa Rica’s cloud forest in Monteverde.

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I am treading deeper and deeper into leaves and silence. He was indeed a scientist — a bone hunter, he called himself. Perhaps there is no meaning except for the story itself.