The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold By Gretel Ehrlich PDF Download
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Gretel Ehrlich channels the voice of the ground she stands on.... whether it be Montana clay or just frozen water. A poet, a naturalist, a linguistic shaman for all that is melting around us... she is the echo of the voice of the earth.
When I pick up a book that allows me to live vicariously through the author, I never forget it. This was the case with Solace of Open Places and now, years later, with The Future of Ice. A poet bear's witness to the conditions that make up this world; the conditions that manifest both the almost unbearable suffering of this planet and all of the living things on it--and, at the same time and never separate--the overwhelming joy of being alive. A beautifully descriptive book of the heart.
After all the hype on the dustjacket I found this book a slight disappointment. I enjoyed the author's many insightful observations about natural history, but I agree with a couple of other writers here that the writing style was a bit of a turn-off. It vibrates with a melancholy nostalgia for a moribund planet, something I can sympathize with, but 200 pages of it gets to be a bit too much.
Some of the claims on what will happen are just speculation (such as the ice vanishing in 50 years and a million species disappearing, which someone else also commented on), and although I agree that global warming is taking place, I prefer books with more scientific underpinning and less, shall we say, rhetorical and artistic license.
Sadly, this sort of science writing seems harder and harder to find nowadays, compared to past decades (the writings of the great Martin Gardner, and also David Bergamini, Arthur C. Clarke, John McPhee, Carl Sagan, Lincoln Barnett, Arthur Koestler, George Gamov, John L. Casti, William W. Warner, Arthur Beiser, Lancelot Hogben, Paul de Kruif, etc., come to mind). Still, if you can get past all the environmental angst you'll learn something, and the author does have a sharp eye for observation and detail.
I received an immediate email from shipper and received the book within 2 business days.
A used book in very good condition, along with a card thanking me for my order
I sought this book because I myself play in winter and around ice and love the cold as it defines seasons. I am an environmental advocate in my job and hobbies. I also am an admirer of the destinations and distances Ehrlich seems willing to travel.
While I appreciate the imagery and Ehrlich's personalized - yet detached - account of her experiences throughout this book, I didn't find myself empathizing with most of her ideas and principles. The strong impression this book left on me was of a bag of personal troubles couched as a concern for climate change. I don't know if she was numbed by her feeling of helplessness, against what she perceived in the world of ice (or if she was just cold) but her stream-of-consciousness verse-prose cascade toward no solutions was alienating and disheartening. I didn't want a feel good story from this book, but I think I had hoped for a sense of stepping toward reconciliation and trouble-shooting, however philosophical.
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