The Animal Dialogues

Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

Childs, Craig Leland

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Animal Dialogues
From one of the finest nature writers at work in America today-a lyrical, dramatic, illuminating tour of the hidden domain of wild animals. Whether recalling the experience of being chased through the Grand Canyon by a bighorn sheep, swimming with sharks off the coast of British Columbia, watching a peregrine falcon perform acrobatic stunts at 200 miles per hour, or engaging in a tense face-off with a mountain lion near a desert waterhole, Craig Childs captures the moment so vividly that he puts the reader in his boots. Each of the forty brief, compelling narratives in THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES focuses on the author's own encounter with a particular species and is replete with astonishing facts about the species' behavior, habitat, breeding, and lifespan. But the glory of each essay lies in Childs's ability to portray the sometimes brutal beauty of the wilderness, to capture the individual essence of wild creatures, to transport the reader beyond the human realm and deep inside the animal kingdom

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316066327
Characteristics: 325 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Jul 27, 2012
  • HereHere rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It is like the joys of the outdoors while in the comfort of your own home. Each chapter covers a different animal, such as bears, coyotoes, etc. There is even a short chapter on bees! I loved the chapter on the shark. If there is an animal you don't want to read about, you can just skip to another chapter, the order is of no importance.

Sep 29, 2009

This book really drew me in. The writing is so beautifully descriptive that it brings you right into the magic of every moment. There is also some great unintentional observations on the human condition. It made me want to get back out on the trails...sigh!


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