Idle Days in Patagonia

Idle Days in Patagonia First published in W H Hudson s Idle Days in Patagonia is the narrative of his life s great adventure a year in Patagonia His time there climaxed years as a naturalist riding and roving in h

First published in 1893, W.H Hudson s Idle Days in Patagonia is the narrative of his life s great adventure a year in Patagonia His time there climaxed 30 years as a naturalist, riding and roving in his native Argentina His visit to this remote country fulfilled not only a private dream, but also a scientific mission His collection of bird skins together with a brilliaFirst published in 1893, W.H Hudson s Idle Days in Patagonia is the narrative of his life s great adventure a year in Patagonia His time there climaxed 30 years as a naturalist, riding and roving in his native Argentina His visit to this remote country fulfilled not only a private dream, but also a scientific mission His collection of bird skins together with a brilliant report to the Zoological Society of London than a century ago added greatly to his prestige as an ornithologist In this book, Hudson s scientific interests harmonize perfectly with his extraordinary narrative and descriptive power Its acute observation of nature and man, and its evocation of remote places and strange peoples mark him as a writer of keenness and distinction.

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Idle Days in Patagonia

  1. William Henry Hudson was an author, naturalist and ornithologist He was born in the Partido de Quilmes in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, where he is considered to belong to the national literature as Guillermo Enrique Hudson, the Spanish version of his name He spent his youth studying the local flora and fauna and observing both natural and human dramas on what was then a lawless frontier, publishing his ornithological work in Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society, initially in an English mingled with Spanish idioms He settled in England during 1869 He produced a series of ornithological studies, including Argentine Ornithology 1888 1899 and British Birds 1895 , and later achieved fame with his books on the English countryside, including Hampshire Days 1903 , Afoot in England 1909 and A Shepherd s Life 1910 His best known novel is Green Mansions 1904 , and his best known non fiction is Far Away and Long Ago 1918 His other works include The Purple Land That England Lost 1885 , A Crystal Age 1887 , The Naturalist in La Plata 1892 , A Little Boy Lost 1905 , Birds in Town and Village 1919 , Dead Man s Plack and an Old Thorn 1920 , and A Traveller in Little Things 1921.

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  1. Decepcionante Si bien las descripciones de la vida patagonica de hace cien anios son cautivantes y valen ciertamente la pena, la mayor parte del libro transcurre entre dos registros 1 el de las observaciones naturalistas, como era de esperar en el caso de Hudson, y 2 la divagacion filosofica En cuanto al primero sorprenden e irritan dos aspectos a que Hudson a pesar de citar reiteradas veces a Darwin, no haya comprendido en modo alguno los principios de la teoria evolutiva y que perpetre conclus [...]



  2. I enjoyed the descriptive language, but other than that, there is too much digression in this book I don t even mean the chapter on the colour white, though I have already been through that with Moby Dick and could have down without a rehash of that It s just, I feel I know no about Patagonia after reading this book than I did before I started The constant repetition of the word savage , however period appropriate, did not endear me to the book either.


  3. I read a bunch of Hudson s fiction years ago, but I haven t picked up one of his books in a while This one was fun It s nonfiction, the story of a year Hudson born in Argentina and schooled in England spent in Patagonia, along with stories of the people he meets, and of course descriptions of the wildlife Hudson was an amateur ornithologist, and his descriptions of bird life are a lot of fun As are his comments on Darwin s views of Patagonian birds.


  4. Maybe the only reason to read this book is to see how far we have come as a human kind.The author says he is a bird lover and then he takes a shotgun and kills them for fun.He calls people savages for living with nature, and killing with a gun instead an arrow is civilized thing to do His writing skills are poor, and I don t think I ve learned anything new by reading this life sucking book


  5. Tengo cierta obsesi n por leer cualquier cosas con Patagonia en el t tulo y este libro ten a alguna rese a buena Pero me ha decepcionado bastante, tiene alg n p rrafo bueno pero me ha provocado inter s nulo.


  6. There is nothing to see in Patagonia and the story isn t about much but if You are an idler and traveler, drawn into and fascinated by deserts, You will like this book


  7. Not a bad book and an interesting read.Can anyone tell me what an ornithologist is doing going shooting birds in his leisure time


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