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Faith in a Seed: The Dispersion of Seeds & Other Late Natural History Writings

Faith in a Seed The Dispersion of Seeds Other Late Natural History Writings This major literary event contains a hitherto unpublished work The Dispersion of Seeds one of Thoreau s last important research and writing projects and places him among the first American scientists

  • Title: Faith in a Seed: The Dispersion of Seeds & Other Late Natural History Writings
  • Author: Henry David Thoreau Bradley P. Dean Abigail Rorer Robert Richardson
  • ISBN: 9781559631822
  • Page: 424
  • Format: paper
  • This major literary event contains a hitherto unpublished work The Dispersion of Seeds one of Thoreau s last important research and writing projects, and places him among the first American scientists to understand the significance of Darwin s theory of Natural Selection.

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    1. As the son of a forester, even though my own path went in a different direction, I developed an interest in 'the woods' and having enjoyed 'Walden' many, many years ago, I was looking forward to reading "Faith in a Seed." Wow! What mind-numbing rambling. I have decided that Thoreau had some variation of OCD. What he chose to observe, and the detailed recording of these observations, was fascinating only from the stand point that someone would spend so much time on so many details to reveal so li [...]

    2. good stuff. i got sidetracked halfway through, as happens sometimes, but it brought me back, which is a good sign. This is a collection of some later writings Thoreau did on natural history, particularly, as stated in the subtitle, on the dispersion of seeds - those of the trees around concord are the major focus of that manuscript, including the role of squirrels and birds, about which Thoreau writes very charmingly and admiringly. The poetry of the title of the collection belies the somewhat d [...]

    3. I've opened this book in efforts to take a closer look into H.D.T. interest the life cycles of the natural invironment, the local natural resources - the woods that he admired. I am hoping to learn from his ability to observe, truely see and record truthfully.Currently I am 85 pages in. Henry David Thoreau describes the local seeds of the Concord area. H.D. addresses the shape and functions of seeds and will track their dispersal and growth. He is amazing and truly sees all of the beauty of the [...]

    4. This book is different than Thoreau's other pieces. It is a Darwinian argument of the ways that plants disperse their seeds for their organism's to survive. It is not as poetic or philosophical as the things he published during his life time. I don't know if that is because he didn't have the opportunity to polish it more or if it is because it was intended to be a volume of a natural encyclopedia that he was writing. As I understand it this is the only volume that was completed. The rest was no [...]

    5. I am giving this book 3 stars and setting it aside for now, having gotten almost 1/3 of the way through it. This is a great work of literature, as is all Thoreau that I have read, however it is heavy on the technical and there is too much going on in my life right now for me to focus enough in order to get the most out of this book. It has definitely earned a permanent place in my home library and I know I will return to it someday.

    6. So far it is a great Thoreau read. Seemingly with out point he babbles on about the trees of his region and their habits of reproduction. His attention to detail and dedication to his notes over a decade are remarkable and fun to read. Inspirational both in terms of his dedication and in regards to the steady pace of reproduction of life in general, not just human, or rather, especially not human.

    7. In these manuscripts, Thoreau is fascinated by his discovery that squirrels spread seeds that cause the forests to grow. That trees grow from seeds is indisputable: "No such forest has ever been known to spring from anything else. If anyone asserts that it sprang from something else, or from nothing, the burden of proof lies with him." That squirrels spread the seeds he believes to be a novel and controversial claim, which he proceeds to demonstrate through his observations.

    8. Being a diehard fan of Thoreau, I loved it, but even for me it was tedious at times. This was written in Thoreau's later years when he pretty much turned to nature scientist, so unless you're really into Thoreau and/or nature study, you may want to avoid it. Thoreau's personal anecdotes and, as always, quotable words of wisdom, make it special and are probably its saving grace. It's very educational - you learn a lot about trees especially.

    9. Has occasional quotable quotes and memorable, unique ways of seeing and describing nature but also long tedious passages with too much detail. Will not be a classic like On Walden Pond. It was surprising and reassuring, to see the many references and quotes from Darwin's Origin of Species which had only been published about a year before Faith in a Seed had been written.

    10. As much as I admire Thoreau, this is not what you'd call a readable book. It does prove that "creative nonfiction" is an old medium, but Thoreau wrote far more engaging prose. For historical reasons, biologists may relish Thoreau's early naturalism (it's astonishing how much he absorbed by walking in the woods and observing), but it's not exactly designed for my demographic.

    11. 《种子的信仰》是亨利·戴维·梭罗的植物学手稿,从一个油松果开始,逐渐涉及了种子的传播和森林与田野的更替,中文译本文笔优美朴实凝练,似一颗橡果在梭罗的灵魂里扎了根,逐渐长成一棵枝繁叶茂的大树。记得梭罗曾对好友埃勒瑞说:“我死时,你会在我心里发现镌刻一株白橡树。”bookuban/subject/4905953/

    12. This is really more a meditation to read his accounts of watching squirrels gather pine cones and then gnaw them.

    13. I really enjoyed this book. Seems like this year I have become more interested in books on nature. I also always enjoy reading Thoreau.

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