On Extinction by Melanie Challenger
How We Became Estranged from Nature

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Amid this solid research, there is fine and truly poetic prose that gives a sense of Challenger as a polar flâneur.
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Realizing the link between her own estrangement from nature and the cultural shifts that led to a dramatic rise in extinctions, award-winning writer Melanie Challenger travels in search of the stories behind these losses. From an exploration of an abandoned mine in England to an Antarctic sea voyage to South Georgia's old whaling stations, from a sojourn in South America to a stay among an Inuit community in Canada, she uncovers species, cultures, and industries touched by extinction. Accompanying her on this journey are the thoughts of anthropologists, biologists, and philosophers who have come before her. Drawing on their words as well as firsthand witness and ancestral memory, Challenger traces the mindset that led to our destructiveness and proposes a path of redemption rooted in our emotional responses. This sobering yet illuminating book looks beyond natural devastation to examine “why” and “what's next.”
 

About Melanie Challenger

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Melanie Challenger is the author of Galatea, an award-winning first collection of poems, and co-author, with Zlata Filipovic, of Stolen Voices, a history of twentieth-century conflict compiled through war diaries. She has received a British Council Darwin Award for her work. She lives in the Scottish Highlands.
 
Published December 1, 2012 by Counterpoint. 354 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Paul Greenberg on Jan 25 2013

Amid this solid research, there is fine and truly poetic prose that gives a sense of Challenger as a polar flâneur.

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