Backing up with scientific evidence what animal lovers have always instinctively known, author Richard Louv offers an intriguing read of how humans and other animals need each other in his latest, and timely, book The anecdotes were my favorite parts fascinating and often touching stories of human animal interactions, though the scientific reasoning was sometimes irking ie., that dog wasn t trying to save you from drowning by offering you a tree branch in his mouth for you to hold on to he just wanted to play tug of war However, for a book that professes to be a call to reevaluate humans relationship with other animals, it was a bit jarring that animals were consistently and dismissively referred to as it. Not only did I love this book, but I think I will look back to this book and credit it with my soon to have infatuation with Wendell Berry. I won a copy of this book via Algonquin Books Goodreads Giveaway under the premise that I would write an honest review First off, this book has many things that I personally like in a book science with sources listed, animals, and personal stories However, I have to be honest that this was a tough read for me I feel that I had a difficult time following much of it, because it seemed to me to be organized in such away as to appear very unorganized, if that makes sense Imagine having a conversation with a very pleasant, intelligent, and interesting person, but the way they talk to you in circles makes you wonder half the time what the original point was or how you got there in the first place That s how I felt reading this book I feel that if the chapters and sections were structured differently, it may have been much pleasant of a read To be fair though, this could just be of a structure preference on my end as opposed to problems with the book itself That s just the only way I can explain as to why it was such a difficult read for me Now, that being said, chapter 4 was my favorite chapter I thought it was interesting, kept with the author s overall premise of the book, and structured better than the others in that it was easier to follow and did not bounce around from topic story to topic story As a final thought, I think I wanted to like the book than I did, because I grew up spending significant time in nature in the PNW and definitely had the advantage of connecting with animals and nature in the way the author is talking about But perhaps because I do have that background, it wasn t very enlightening for me I would suspect that people who were not fortunate enough to spend significant time in nature, and or people who are overwhelmed and overstimulated by the fast pace of our society and technology, may be able to get from the book than I was able to The book is not bad, because I didn t care for it I just didn t care for it for the above mentioned reasons, which is why I gave it 3 stars I think there are many others who would enjoy it I think if given the choice, I d rather just spend a couple of hours around the campfire or a fire pit with a few drinks and a good conversation with the author. There are some great stories in here both from life experience and research about animals but it seemed a bit dense at times I don t know how the author could have broken up the stories differently but it lack cohesion for me Overall I enjoyed it. Richard Louv Has Done It Again A Remarkable Book That Will Help Everyone Break Away From Their Fixed Gaze At The Screens That Dominate Our Lives And Remember Instead That We Are Animals In A World Of Animals Bill McKibben, Author Of Falter Richard Louv S Landmark Book, Last Child In The Woods, Inspired An International Movement To Connect Children And Nature Now Louv Redefines The Future Of Human Animal Coexistence Our Wild Calling Explores These Powerful And Mysterious Bonds And How They Can Transform Our Mental, Physical, And Spiritual Lives, Serve As An Antidote To The Growing Epidemic Of Human Loneliness, And Help Us Tap Into The Empathy Required To Preserve Life On Earth Louv Interviews Researchers, Theologians, Wildlife Experts, Indigenous Healers, Psychologists, And Others To Show How People Are Communicating With Animals In Ancient And New Ways How Dogs Can Teach Children Ethical Behavior How Animal Assisted Therapy May Yet Transform The Mental Health Field And What Role The Human Animal Relationship Plays In Our Spiritual Health He Reports On Wildlife Relocation And On How The Growing Populations Of Wild Species In Urban Areas Are Blurring The Lines Between Domestic And Wild Animals Our Wild Calling Makes The Case For Protecting, Promoting, And Creating A Sustainable And Shared Habitat For All Creatures Not Out Of Fear, But Out Of Love Transformative And Inspiring, This Book Points Us Toward What We All Long For In The Age Of Technology Real Connection This book took a long time to read not that it was difficult but there was so much information to absorb and think about I loved the stories about people connecting to animals even if it was a brief moment or simply a pigeon The love of animals is such a powerful thing I need to keep this book close to me and reread sections if I ever feel I m losing my humanity. I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.I m not really sure what I was expecting when I picked this book up, but whatever it was, this wasn t it While this book had some amazing anecdotes and facts through it there was a lot of Ooh, listen to this and Whoa, did you know that it was a really slow read for me A lot of non fiction reads like a novel to me, but this was almost like a textbook Not bad, just not my usual style and I found myself having to reread certain passages a couple of times I did love the overall message of the book, and it made me look closer at my own relationship with both my pets and the animals I run in contact with in the wild. Richard Louv s previous work made me quite excited to get an early review copy of Our Wild Calling However, I was consistently disappointed throughout the book Organizationally, as others have mentioned, it seemed very unfocused Instead of each chapter clearly addressing a specific argument, it seemed like a collection of anecdotal ramblings about random human encounters with animals Overall, in contrast to his previous work, I felt that this book was entirely too metaphysical While he certainly mentioned scientific research it seemed to me as if it was only included after his metaphysical positions were established.With that said, the most glaring problems I noticed throughout the text were his references to indigenous knowledges As an anthropologist who works with American Indians, it was hard for me to get over his stereotypical, noble savage perspective of indigenous groups worldwide While I appreciated his inclusion of a Native perspective in chapter 19, it was overshadowed by inaccuracies his claim that Lakota people believe storks are associated with babies ignoring that there are no storks living in any region remotely close to Lakota homelands and his exploitative perspective culturally appropriative vision quests, an actual Lakota practice, are admissible when the experience is had by a white scientist Overall, he seems much too romantic in his understanding of indigenous perspectives on the environment and much too quick to exploit them for his own personal gain. Animals are my life Finally found a book that I ve been looking for We can all use a better connection to the world around us, particularly to the animals that share our space We have pets and we love all kinds of animals, but how does this help us connect to nature Are animals a pathway for humans to understand nature better In the book, Our Wild Calling, author Richard Louv explores our relationship with animals, both wild and domestic How can humans draw closer to nature and to animals What sorts of things are people out there doing now to help make this happen In this book, you will see a variety of ways in which we can enhance our lives and experience Wildlife, pets, imaginary animals, and , are all there for us to learn about and become closer to Humans are learning and about the animals that share our planet Some of the things that you will learn in this book come from research and some from experience There are plenty of ways to approach our need to get closer to animals Some do this in a spiritual way and some in a scientific way But, the approach itself isn t what s really important The connection with nature and animals is what s really important That s what need is being fulfilled here Humans can t exist in a vacuum without nature and animals I think I most enjoyed the chapter that talked about animal assisted therapy I think that s probably a very important thing to be doing The use of animals helps seniors and sick kids alike All humans seem to love animals and we can all relate to them So, their use in a therapeutic setting seems just natural I enjoyed that part of the book a lot The whole book is packed full of good information and I think there are many nuances in it too, that will require a second reading in detail This is a book to savor and think about for a long time I really loved it.
Richard Louv born 1949 is a journalist and author of books about the connections between family, nature and community His book, Last Child in the Woods Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder Algonquin , translated into 9 languages and published in 13 countries, has stimulated an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature.
- 320 pages
- Our Wild Calling
- Richard Louv
- 18 February 2019 Richard Louv