[BOOKS] ✬ Far Away and Long Ago: A History of My Early Life ✮ W.H. Hudson – Lectinshield.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “Far Away and Long Ago: A History of My Early Life

  1. says:

    This book tells the story of the author s childhood and boyhood on the Argentine pampas His was a warm and loving family in which the children had plenty of freedom to explore the natural world around them, since they were educated at home in their early years His love of nature began at an early age and he became a careful observer of birds and other creatures There is an elegiac mood created as he states that many of the wonderful natural places he knew as a child were now gone forever due to the spread of agriculture.This book was written one hundred years ago but his observations about the disappearance of natural spaces are still valid for today.

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    The strangeness of the world is never ending, particularly in the memoirs of those who have long ago left us Hudson evokes a bird world in South America that even he laments as lost, from his burrow in the smokey London of his exile He knew what was happening in his homeland, the spread of efficient agriculture that doomed wetlands and their denizens And this was over a century ago The beauty and oddity of this memoir just absolves it of the terrible pain it causes That seemed to have been Hudson s case as well.

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    This book is the memoir of the author while living in the argentinian field I ve been drawn to read this, because of the birds Hudson loved birds and is always describing them I also liked how everyday life is portrayed and I loved that they ate lamb with peaches in conserve I would really like to get to read his other books, though they are very hard to find I got this book at a second hand bookshop in Avda Corrientes There s also an illustrated version out there.

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    The author grew up in Argentina in the late 1800 s and he describes a fantastical natural world, at least to those of us who grew up in the tame North American forests The ostriches, the vaqueros, the cattle, the birds As a boy he falls in love with birds and, although he studies and appreciates all of nature, the birds are his first love Despite having no formal education, a few tutors helping him and his brothers with the basics, he has the most lyrical and moving way of writing Very excellent nature writing I ve also read Idle days in Patagonia but I can only find the version in French, and I read it in English.

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    This autobiography of William Henry Hudson covers his early years It was an interesting look at life in Argentina in the mid 1800 s This audio book was read by multiple readers In this case it was rather distracting since not all were very distinct readers Also, the book was rather rambling and back and forth in time Hudson usually made it clear when he was changing time so it wasn t too confusing Overall, it was interesting enough to continue through the entire book.

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    Wonderful book I didn t rate it four stars because of a curious reticence on the author s part about his own family in a memoir of his childhood Although he tells us the names of neighbors, their personalities and biographies, he never tells us the names of his brothers and sisters, and doesn t even bother to mention that he has any or how many until well into the narrative, and we learn very little or nothing at all about them The same for his parents He scarcely mentions his father and only discusses his mother in any detail in the last chapter Weird.That aside, it was an exceptional book that acquainted me with a curious and wonderful world that I had no idea had ever existed, and when the last page was turned and the story done, I hated to close the book and let it go.To fully appreciate the memoir, I had to do a little outside reading Thus I discovered that, Hudson, born in 1841 to American parents who had emigrated to Argentina, was writing about that country as it was in the late 1840s and early 1850s The land that was to become Argentina had become independent of Spain a quarter of a century before, but wars among the provinces had been ongoing, as well as a conflict with Chile, which intended to seize Patagonia, and promoted rebellions by and against the native populations to attempt to achieve that end It s all very complicated to one unfamiliar with the history Nonetheless, it bears on Hudson s story, especially in explaining why all the estancias, or landed estatesrancheshaciendasseemed to be in a state of decline, relics of a better and peaceful and prosperous time, why the books in his household, some hundreds of them, were mostly a century old That s because the Argentine, as well as the rest of South America, under Spanish rule, had been peaceful and prosperous, and once the colonial rulers were expelled, anarchy and warfare became the norm.To Hudson as a little boy awakening to a beautiful natural world, all this was an only rarely troubling aspect of his existence But the economic retrogression that the political turmoil engendered actually helped preserve a little while longer the beautiful natural world that he so enjoyed and has told us about in his charming remembrance of things past.But do not think that Hudson sugar coats his memories He is utterly honest about the life and the casual cruelty of the world he grew up in, whether he s describing the way of killing cattle or the way of killing men It was a brutal, violent world without mercy or tenderness, except within the family, and within his own boyish heart as he grew to appreciate and understand nature and the lives of the wild creatures that instilled in him a profound joy in living and happiness in the sheer awareness of being alive.

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    Es posible mantener fresco en la memoria el asombro y la fascinaci n que sentimos, siendo ni os, la primera vez que vimos un flamenco Y el miedo reverencial cuando, por vez primera, contemplamos una serpiente Guillermo Hudson relata con mirada de ni o y de sabio la misma mirada, realmente su infancia en un rea rural de la provincia de Buenos Aires El futuro naturalista creci entre rboles y p jaros pero tambi n en un per odo de fuego de la historia argentina, con las batallas entre unitarios y federales a pocas leguas Con lenguaje elegante y po tico, conoceremos los recuerdos y las aventuras del inglesito hijo de estadounidenses, en realidad que creci y am las pampas.

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    Toen ik jong was en de dieren nog spraken, was er een programma op de radio dat Het Einde van de Wereld heette Het ging over Patagoni , maar niet echt Elke zondagavond voerde programmamaker Dree Peeremans zijn luisteraars mee naar nergensland, naar het imaginaire uiteinde van de wereld dat overal kan liggen.De Engelse natuurkundige en schrijver W.H Hudson was een van de sterren van dat programma en als ik ergens een tweedehands boekje van hem kan kopen, doe ik dat graag In Lang Geleden en Ver Weg doet hij het verhaal van zijn kinderjaren op de Argentijnse pampa s Het waren jaren vol verwondering en onschuld De kleine Hudson kan gebiologeerd van verrukking luisteren naar de wilde roep van de goudpluvier p.239 en geraakt helemaal in de ban van de rijke fauna en flora van zijn omgeving.Voor een stedeling uit de 21ste eeuw die amper het verschil kent tussen een esp en iep, is de opsomming van dieren en plantennamen behoorlijk confronterend Anderzijds zit daarin net de magie van het boek De natuurbeleving van de jongen bereikt een haast mystieke dimensie.Vooral over vogels is de kleine Hudson mateloos enthousiast Ongewild grappig wordt het wanneer die passie doorklinkt in zijn beschrijvingen van mensen De schelle stem van een buurman vergelijkt hij met die van de zwarte kraai wanneer de vogel zich in de paartijd het meest laat horen en in het bos zijn langgerekte, schorre, schrille roep laat weergalmen p.117 het gekwebbel van de wasvrouwen doet denken aan het kabaal van een grote menigte meeuwen, ibissen, grutto s, ganzen en andere lawaaierige watervogels op een moerassig meer p.88 Ook de mensen op de pampa s zijn eigenlijk rare vogels.Diepe filosofische beschouwingen moet je hier niet verwachten, de memoires geven wel een mooi beeld van de tijdsgeest Op het einde van het boek maakt de jonge Hudson kennis met de idee n van Darwin en komen enkele religieuze beschouwingen aan bod De politieke en sociale actualiteit op de achtergrond valt een dictator kan de pampajongen eigenlijk maar weinig schelen.Wel erg is dat het gebied dat eens wemelde van de reigers, lepelaars, zwarthalszwanen, zwermen zwarte ibissen en grote blauwe ibissen met hun weergalmende stemmen nu in handen is van vreemden die alle wilde vogels doden en graan op het land verbouwen voor Europese markten p.157 Toen al

  9. says:

    The story is slowly strangled in the undergrowth Fascinating narrative strands, such as slaughtered sheep dragged behind horses to create firebreaks during a pampas conflagration, are immediately pelted and dissolved by ammoniac bird droppings This book sinks beneath a never ending parade of birds and trees Birds, birds, birds trees, trees, trees.I couldn t make it past the half way mark I will never be best friends with Bill Oddie.

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    Far Away and Long Ago W H Hudson 1841 1922 Hated pr cis at beginning of chapters Why Annoying Some stories were pointless.The son of American settlers he wrote the book in London died penniless in Bayswater at 80 during 6 weeks of illness, its about his childhood in what is to become Argentina They fought for independence from 1810 to 1818 followed by a civil war til 1861 and conflict with Chile It s a fascinating view into a lost way of life he was a naturalist and ornithologist and evokes a bird, animal and natural world.Despite having little education a moving, lyrical style The death of his mother, his struggle with faith search to become spiritual and his animism are beautifully and humblingly described The animistic faculty something divine in nature is lost to civilized man It s a primitive faculty, a sense of an intelligence like our own a soul in plants A delight in nature a reverence, awe intoxicated by the sounds, colours and scents he heard snakes talking to one another He had a profound joy and happiness in living though it was a brutal and violent world The detail and passion are contagious every day he went out to look a magnificent sunset was sometimes than he could endure.The estrancias landed estates were in a state of decline where they had once been prosperous and peaceful 100year old books were relics of the past.We learn nothing about the politics though his family are threatened by defeated soldiers Slitting the throat of their captain No details about his family not even their names, yet he describes his neighbours in great detail How could he remember their names, clothes, the shape of their noses, colour and shallow eyes, skin, hair, home made clothes Painted by memory in strong, unfading coloursThe Saladero the killing grounds lasooed, hamstrung, throat cutting ritual by gauchos terrible bellowing of cattle, horrible stink, feet of crusted blood, offal and bones the plantations had walls of skulls The water had red clay and mosquito lava in it in Buenos Ares one drunk the wrigglers typhus He says he didn t have the intellect or strength of will as his brother, but was ashamed of his indolence and ignorance and refusing to part with childish things only ever read 3 books, though 3 400 books in his house When young one feels immortal clear and vigorous mind untroubled by death and afterlife worshipped nature not God struggled to become spiritual not convinced by Darwin, but this brief he became an evolutionist.

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