Non-Fiction - Memoir

Loose on the Landscape: An Ecologist Looks for Meaning in the Wildest Places

Category:Non-Fiction - Memoir

Author:Joel Everett Harding

  • Publisher: Willow Oak Books
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 430
  • ISBN-10: 979-8218255
  • ISBN-13: 979-8218255398

In Loose on the Landscape: An Ecologist Looks for Meaning in the Wildest Places, Joel Everett Harding takes readers on an extraordinary journey through the fascinating, at times untamed corners of nature. Blending his unique relationship with the natural world, engaging storytelling, and a deep sense of wonder, Harding delivers a book that is both delightful and insightful. One of the highlights of this book is the author's deep love and connection with nature. With every page, it becomes clear that Harding is not just an ecologist, but a true naturalist. His intimate encounters with the diverse landscapes are conveyed with such authenticity that readers can't help but feel an immediate connection to the magic and mystery of the wild. Whether he's exploring a dark marsh at midnight or navigating through a prehistoric swamp, Harding's passion for the natural world shines through, inspiring readers to reevaluate their own relationship with nature.

The storytelling in Loose on the Landscape is nothing short of exceptional. Harding's writing is crisp, evocative, and filled with vivid imagery. He has the ability to establish connections between things, objects, and emotions. In the opening pages, he talks about his curiosity about exploring the landscapes, which started when he was a child. Now, he looks at his retired boots with “rips and flapping soles” which he has kept for nostalgia. These boots tell stories of adventure. Through his meticulous descriptions, readers are transported directly into the heart of each wild place he explores. From the roiling geyser fields to the Amazon rainforest, every setting comes alive, immersing the reader in a sensory experience that is both thrilling and enchanting. Harding masterfully brings together the techniques of fiction storytelling in a nonfiction context, creating a narrative that is both informative and captivating.

A sense of wonder permeates every page of this book. As readers accompany Harding on his adventures, they cannot help but share in his awe and astonishment. The book not only provides valuable insights into ecological wonders but also invites contemplation on larger perspectives about life and our place within the natural world. The author's ability to intertwine personal experiences with broader themes of human emotions, behavior, history, and art enhances the book's depth, making it a thought-provoking read. Its crisp writing, strong imagery, and terrific descriptions make it an engaging and immersive read. Joel Everett Harding's passion for nature shines through, leaving readers with a renewed sense of appreciation and wonder for the world around them. Whether you're a dedicated naturalist or simply someone who enjoys a captivating adventure, this book is a must-read.

Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo

Reviewed Date: October 26, 2023

Category: Non-Fiction - Memoir