Far Away and Long Ago A History of My Early Life Epub



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  1. Rosemarie Rosemarie says:

    This book tells the story of the author's childhood and boyhood on the Argentine pampas His was a warm and loving family in which the children had plenty of freedom to explore the natural world around them since they were educated at home in their early years His love of nature began at an early age and he became a careful observer of birds and other creatures There is an elegiac mood created as he states that many of the wonderful natural places he knew as a child were now gone forever due to the spread of agricultureThis book was written one hundred years ago but his observations about the disappearance of natural spaces are still valid for today


  2. Claire Claire says:

    An interesting autobiography written in 1918 of a childhood in the Argentinian pampas plains a boy who never grows out of his love of nature and eventually develops a kind of mystical relationship to it despite doing all the cruel tings young boys do growing up in rural isolation with older brothersInevitably perhaps despite the appreciation for the wild there is the presence in the text of racial prejudice and superiority but if one can out that aide it provides a uniue glimpse into life in another era in a naturalists paradise on the path of many migrating birds a freedom that comes from a lack of a strict education and not needing to go away to school I read this because it was recommended to me when I created a list of my top 5 nature inspired reads because it's over 100 years since it was published I was able to download a copy from Project Gutenburg and was all the interested to read it and it is mentioned as one of the texts that in some way informs the excellent The Adventures of China IronThe final chapter is a beautiful lament to his mother and makes me wish he was able to write about his parents and how they came to be living out there in the first place perhaps it is childish adoration but they seemed unsuited to the harshness of that environment and there is no sense of actually farming he does seem to have the most incredible sense of freedom perhaps because they employed people to do the actual work as if often the 'colonial' wayAn enjoyable read


  3. Ann Klefstad Ann Klefstad says:

    The strangeness of the world is never ending particularly in the memoirs of those who have long ago left us Hudson evokes a bird world in South America that even he laments as lost from his burrow in the smokey London of his exile He knew what was happening in his homeland the spread of efficient agriculture that doomed wetlands and their denizens And this was over a century ago The beauty and oddity of this memoir just absolves it of the terrible pain it causes That seemed to have been Hudson's case as well


  4. Wanda Wanda says:

    Wonderful book I didn't rate it four stars because of a curious reticence on the author's part about his own family in a memoir of his childhood Although he tells us the names of neighbors their personalities and biographies he never tells us the names of his brothers and sisters and doesn't even bother to mention that he has any or how many until well into the narrative and we learn very little or nothing at all about them The same for his parents He scarcely mentions his father and only discusses his mother in any detail in the last chapter WeirdThat aside it was an exceptional book that acuainted me with a curious and wonderful world that I had no idea had ever existed and when the last page was turned and the story done I hated to close the book and let it goTo fully appreciate the memoir I had to do a little outside reading Thus I discovered that Hudson born in 1841 to American parents who had emigrated to Argentina was writing about that country as it was in the late 1840s and early 1850s The land that was to become Argentina had become independent of Spain a uarter of a century before but wars among the provinces had been ongoing as well as a conflict with Chile which intended to seize Patagonia and promoted rebellions by and against the native populations to attempt to achieve that end It's all very complicated to one unfamiliar with the history Nonetheless it bears on Hudson's story especially in explaining why all the estancias or landed estatesrancheshaciendasseemed to be in a state of decline relics of a better and peaceful and prosperous time why the books in his household some hundreds of them were mostly a century old That's because the Argentine as well as the rest of South America under Spanish rule had been peaceful and prosperous and once the colonial rulers were expelled anarchy and warfare became the normTo Hudson as a little boy awakening to a beautiful natural world all this was an only rarely troubling aspect of his existence But the economic retrogression that the political turmoil engendered actually helped preserve a little while longer the beautiful natural world that he so enjoyed and has told us about in his charming remembrance of things pastBut do not think that Hudson sugar coats his memories He is utterly honest about the life and the casual cruelty of the world he grew up in whether he's describing the way of killing cattle or the way of killing men It was a brutal violent world without mercy or tenderness except within the family and within his own boyish heart as he grew to appreciate and understand nature and the lives of the wild creatures that instilled in him a profound joy in living and happiness in the sheer awareness of being alive


  5. Sally Sally says:

    The author grew up in Argentina in the late 1800's and he describes a fantastical natural world at least to those of us who grew up in the tame North American forests The ostriches the vaueros the cattle the birds As a boy he falls in love with birds and although he studies and appreciates all of nature the birds are his first love Despite having no formal education a few tutors helping him and his brothers with the basics he has the most lyrical and moving way of writing Very excellent nature writing I've also read Idle days in Patagonia but I can only find the version in French and I read it in English


  6. Redkitsune Redkitsune says:

    This book is the memoir of the author while living in the argentinian field I've been drawn to read this because of the birds Hudson loved birds and is always describing them I also liked how everyday life is portrayed and I loved that they ate lamb with peaches in conserve I would really like to get to read his other books though they are very hard to find I got this book at a second hand bookshop in Avda Corrientes There's also an illustrated version out there


  7. JoséMaría BlancoWhite JoséMaría BlancoWhite says:

    Written in 1918 by this Englishman who tells about his life as a boy in the Argentine Pampas Filled with intense melancholy but at the same time joy that those recollections produce in his memory Whoever reads this biographical account cannot but adore this manHe achieves the difficult task of making us readers see nature wildlife and human beings with the same eyes as his young and avid ones He talks a lot about plants and birds and this to me is the only minus I can find since I sympathize with his love for nature but cannot go along with his terminology He describes the people he met and that left in him a greater impact His family the daily chores at home and in the fields; but above all we get to feel like a child to see that far away wilderness with the innocence and vulnerability of a little kidHowever the book wouldn't have been than a picturesue story of an English child in the Pampas if it wasn't for the last 3 or 4 chapters The death of his mother his illness and the sentence inflicted by the doctors of a short life the angst of knowing that his beloved nature trees birds and all to be lost soon produces a struggle of faith against the pullings of new come Darwinism and its partisans A struggle that millions must have gone through as the author admits but I can't think that anybody could describe it so beautifullyHow different those two men must have been Darwin and Hudson “Darwin writing in praise of the gaucho in his Voyage of a Naturalist says that if a gaucho cuts your throat he does it like a gentleman even as a small boy I knew better that he did his business rather like a hellish creature reveling in his cruelty”Hudson´s parents were Protestant Christians true believers Not all his brothers inherited the parents' faith the desire for immortality is not universal as he mentions But WHHudson´s desire was enough to grant him the faith he so much struggled to retain in the passage from childhood to manhoodAn inspiring story humbling and beautifully told


  8. Allan Clark Allan Clark says:

    Far Away and Long Ago is a reminiscence rather than a true autobiography I'm about halfway through my third or fourth reading of this marvelous book—not to mention the many times I have dipped into it It has a charm for me that never fades—the charm of a sensitivie warm kind hearted personality who was in love with the natural world around him from the time he first encountered it Hudson was shy and unhealthy as a child and noticed everything in nature with utter fascination He became a renowned ornithologist with many distinguished publications and a number of literary friends including Joseph Conrad and John Galsworthy but this book traces the important psychological events of his childhood in Argentina from age six to age fifteen It is a delightful record of childhood impressions and misimpressions along with a gradual awakening to the beauties of the natural world and the beginning of a lifelong fascination with birds Whenever the modern world becomes too noisy and intrusive it is a pleasure to turn to this joyful and lyrical memoir The title was supposedly taken from a song his wife Emily enchanted him with


  9. Carol Arnold Carol Arnold says:

    This autobiography of William Henry Hudson covers his early years It was an interesting look at life in Argentina in the mid 1800's This audio book was read by multiple readers In this case it was rather distracting since not all were very distinct readers Also the book was rather rambling and back and forth in time Hudson usually made it clear when he was changing time so it wasn't too confusing Overall it was interesting enough to continue through the entire book


  10. Jenny Thomas Jenny Thomas says:

    Far Away and Long Ago W H Hudson 1841 – 1922Hated précis at beginning of chapters Why? Annoying Some stories were pointlessThe son of American settlers – he wrote the book in London died penniless in Bayswater at 80 during 6 weeks of illness its about his childhood in what is to become Argentina They fought for independence from 1810 to 1818 – followed by a civil war til 1861 and conflict with ChileIt’s a fascinating view into a lost way of life – he was a naturalist and ornithologist and evokes a bird animal and natural worldDespite having little education – a moving lyrical style The death of his mother his struggle with faith – search to become spiritual and his animism are beautifully and humblingly described The animistic faculty something divine in nature is lost to civilized man? It’s a primitive faculty a sense of an intelligence like our own a soul in plants A delight in nature – a reverence awe intoxicated by the sounds colours and scents – he heard snakes talking to one another He had a profound joy and happiness in living – though it was a brutal and violent world The detail and passion are contagious – every day he went out to look a magnificent sunset was sometimes than he could endureThe estrancias landed estates were in a state of decline – where they had once been prosperous and peaceful 100year old books were relics of the pastWe learn nothing about the politics – though his family are threatened by defeated soldiers? Slitting the throat of their captainNo details about his family – not even their names yet he describes his neighbours in great detail How could he remember their names clothes the shape of their noses colour and shallow? eyes skin hair home made clothes? Painted by memory in strong unfading coloursThe Saladero – the killing grounds – lasooed hamstrung throat cutting ritual by gauchos – terrible bellowing of cattle horrible stink feet of crusted blood offal and bones – the plantations had walls of skulls The water had red clay and mosuito lava in it in Buenos Ares – one drunk the wrigglers – typhus He says he didn’t have the intellect or strength of will as his brother but was ashamed of his indolence and ignorance and refusing to part with childish things – only ever read 3 books though 3 400 books in his house When young – one feels immortal – clear and vigorous mind – untroubled by death and afterlife – worshipped nature not God – struggled to become spiritual – not convinced by Darwin but this brief he became an evolutionist


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