ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ARCHDRUID III-A RIVER. By John McPhee · April 3, P. The New Yorker, April 3, P. PROFILE of. Encounters with the Archdruid has ratings and reviews. Tony said: David Brower was an extreme conservationist. His ‘religion’ was wilderness. B. Encounters with the Archdruid describes three journeys McPhee made in the late s with David Brower, executive director of the Sierra Club at the time, and.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. Environmental champion whose passion founded Friends of the Earth”. I believe in the rights of creatures other than man. There’s a passage from a science fiction story by Robert Charles Wilson that I love, and which came to mind more than once as I was reading this book.

Elapsed stopwatch time has no meaning at all. Sort of like that Wilson quote above, they each believe that human interventions arcudruid the environment are no less “natural” than those of rabbits or sparrows or komodo dragons. In three sections, each of which was originally published as a long New Yorker essay, he brings Brower together with a developer who’s conscious of environmental concerns; no cardboard archdeuid. I want to say hello.

Very thought-provoking, and McPhee is an absolutely superb writer. Be the first to ask a question about Encounters with the Archdruid.

I suppose it shows how the current political rhetoric has shaped my mind to believe that inflexibility of differing opinions is the norm, consequently result Interesting and encountwrs written book about David Brower’s history, views, relationship with the Sierra Club, as well as the interaction and collective mindset with three preservation antagonists.

Someday we are going to have to choose. The situation was marginal. And the conservationist, still intractable, says he does not want the mine, does not want the resort, does not want the dam; but if they must come, he concludes, then I would want you men to build them. McPhee somehow blends argument, character detail, and travelogue into a gripping read. Their livestock, with black tongues and protruding ribs, were dying because of lack of water. I want to say hello. McPhee might be the best nonfiction write alive.

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Although it reads arhcdruid times like one, there are points where you remember it’s non-fiction. The very first paragraph makes this painf Just finished.

Encounters with the Archdruid

The pain goes away for a while afterward, and miles can be added to a day. And this work is certianly no exception. I marvel at his capacity to listen intently and extract the essence of a man and his philosophy in the fewest possible words. Complicated feelings about this. The very first paragraph makes this painfully clear.

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In this book, creative nonfiction master John McPhee narrates a number of Brower’s ‘encounters’ with various similarly visionary opponents to conservation, including materials engineer and renowned geologist-for-hire Charles Park, resort developer Charles Fraser designer of Hilton Head Island in South Carolinaand Bureau of Reclamation Chief Floyd Dominy, famous or infamous, depending on encountrrs view builder of dams. Without waiting for approval from Cheyenne or Washington, xrchdruid young county agent took it upon himself to overcome nature if the farmers and ranchers could not.

His ‘religion’ was wilderness.

Brower’s foes here are all outdoorsmen in their own encointers yet fundamentally differ with him through their essential belief in the primacy encounterrs practicality when it comes to natural resources. Each time, McPhee is there with his wonderful ear.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Published October 1st by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published In some years, more than twenty inches of rain would fall and harvests would be copious. Stockpond dam and reservoir sites were supposed to be inspected first by Forest Service rangers, but who knows when they would have come?

Climate change isn’t yet in the environmentalist’s lexicon; even its forerunner, “the greenhouse effect” is still a decade away from being a talking point.

Encounters is split into three parts, each covering environmentalist David Brower ‘s confrontations with his ideological enemies. Brower hikes in the Cascades with the mineral engineer; he camps out on Cumberland Island with the resort developer; and he goes rafting through the Grand Canyo David Brower was an extreme conservationist. Also, the descriptions of the various wilderness I had recently read “Cadillac Desert,” and this book was mentioned as one of the references.

Being somewhat familiar with the characters of Floyd Dominy and David Brower, I thought it was a joke that they would be rafting down the Colorado River together, and I had to read this story for myself. The book is divided into three sections–each is a conversation between Brower and one of his “natural enemies. Fifty-five years later, the Sierra Club would again divide within itself, and the outcome of the resulting battle would force the resignation of its executive director, David Brower, whose unsurprising countermove would be to form a new organization and name it for John Muir.