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The Bookshelf: April 6, 2016

In the week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlight The Great Clod.

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THE GREAT CLOD: Notes and Memories on the Natural History of China and Japan

by Gary Snyder

Snyder (This Present Moment, 2015, etc.) was an environmentalist before that word was widely applied … He has also been a student of Asian religions for seven decades. … The author begins on a rueful note that will be repeated elsewhere: that he had imagined, in his exuberant youth, that by going to China and Japan he would be immersing himself in civilizations that treated the land better than the materialist West did. Not so, he writes ... “large, civilized societies inevitably have a harsh effect on the natural environment, regardless of philosophical or religious values.” … Elegant and thoughtful, with much to read between the lines in commentary on a long life’s work. Students and admirers of Snyder will be enchanted and intrigued.

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