Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Beginnings: The Tangled Bank

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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For Christmas, Thea gave me a children's book titled The Riverbank, beguilingly illustrated by Fabian Negrin, with words by Charles Darwin.
The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion by Robert Michael Pyle, published by OSU Press.

This is a collection of essays, originally published in Orion and Orion Afield magazines, exploring Charles Darwin’s contention that the elements of a tangled bank, and by extension all the living world, are endlessly interesting and ever evolving. The essays cover topics from squirrels to bookstores to the love of hops.

I want to read this mostly because the author's back-cover biography says, "He is often associated with butterflies, slugs, and Bigfoot." That is priceless! Especially when accompanied by this photo:


  1. This sounds very interesting - I find myself drawn to books relating to Charles Darwin's theories.

  2. Yes! I love the photo! And the book sounds great. I love hops too :)

  3. This sounds fascinating...thanks for sharing.

  4. That sounds like a pretty sophisticated children's book described in the opening. And that is a great picture!

  5. I love that mossy shawl! This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy.

  6. Hi Gilion,

    This would make a great 'coffee table' book, for browsing occasionally, especially if there are any more gorgeous illustrations and plates inside, similar to that fantastic cover shot.

    I hope that you enjoy the book and thanks for hosting,


  7. That picture is definitely priceless!

  8. Sounds like an interesting book. The photo is certainly different, too!

  9. What an eclectic sounding book and looking author! Thanks for hosting the link party.

  10. oh wow! and that scarf!

  11. This appeals to me. I like the idea of really noticing, paying attention to the natural world. And is that a moss shawl?!


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