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10 thoughts on “A Pelican in the Wilderness

  1. says:

    Disappointing The enthusiastic review published in a magazine I d read led me to expect something other than the superficial sketches of solitaries that make up the bulk of this work I also would not have expected, either from the review or the book title, the repeated examples of English landscape architecture during the 18th and early 19th century, with descriptions of the fashion to construct hermita...

  2. says:

    I picked up this book after searching my library s catalogue for Isabel Colegate s works, and was curious about this non fiction work of hers ok I was curious about all her works as I have yet to read her fiction This is a book about the solitary, about hermits and recluses, and I wasn t entirely sure why I felt compelled to search it out, but I did, and I took it home and it sat on my shelf for a little while, as I sought out what I felt to be theinteresting books in my recent Library I picked up this book after searching my library s catalogue for Isabel Colegate s works, and was curious about ...

  3. says:

    This is a tough one to get through Clearly the author did copious research, but the first three quarters of the book have an underlying detached irony that s off putting She doesn t have enough skill to hang together all of the stories, so the whole thing just meanders The meandering might be fine, if she had a love for her subject matter Stringing together vignettes requires stories that illustrate why the reader should care about these people The author doesn t seem to care herself.And th This is a tough one to get through Clearly the aut...

  4. says:

    Isobel Colegate brings a novelists insight to the lives of hermits through the ages men and women, Buddhist, Christian and others who have found the journey either liberating or hell She tells their stories with a genuine interest and warmt...

  5. says:

    This is a somewhat odd but very interesting book The author presents themed chapters on hermits, solitaries, and recluses all religious and on religious kinds, from all over the world It s really like character sketches of these different figures She also intersperses her own travels and experiences, and her attempt to restore an 18th century hermitage on her property in England It s not in chronological order, butof a wander through the topic I found it very enjoyable There are also This is a somewhat odd but very interesting book The autho...

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    This was an interesting book Upon picking it up I was expecting a text that centered upon what it meant to be a solitary and instead what the author writes isabout the lives of specific recluses divided up by regions time and scenery such as a desert or the forest It is from these sketches we can draw some assumptions Colegate s writing is wonderful and discussions of the recluses interspersed with her own travels really made this book worthwhile to me.I did regret the lack of depth but This was an interesting book Upon picking it...

  7. says:

    Didn t make it through This book isan outlining of the significance of solitude, with hermits or solitaries as just characters supporting this premise Not really a travelogue, or a biographical work,a history of the solitary, so not really what I was looking for Plu...

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    Tried again in 2015 and still couldn t finish it.

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A Pelican in the Wilderness Read A Pelican In The Wilderness Author Isabel Colegate Freeboooks.com Few Books Contain A Cast Of Characters As Fascinating As Those Who Populate A Pelican In The Wilderness, Isabel Colegate S Charming Meander Through The History Of Hermits And Solitaries Elegantly Writtena Small Gem Of A Book Wall Street Journal From Lao Tse And The Buddha, St Anthony And The Early Celtic Hermits, Through Rousseau, Thoreau, Ruskin And Down To The Present Day, Certain Gifted Persons, Each In His Own Way, Have Shown A Vocation For Living Alone And Apart, Finding In Simplicity And Attention To Nature A Spiritual Space To Be Explored And Rejoiced In Others, Retreating From The World In Scorn Or Cut Off From It By Scandal, Have Found That Solitude Is Hell, A Pit Of Melancholy And Morbid Fancy In This, Her First Work Of Nonfiction, Novelist Isabel Colegate Gives Us The Lives Of The Solitaries Male And Female, Medieval And Modern, Divinely Inspired And Patently Fraudulent But This Is No Mere Gallery Of Saints And Sinners, Poets And Misanthropes It Is Also A Re Valuation Of Solitude For Our Times, And A Reminder That It Is In Solitude That The Soul Meets Itself, Refreshes Itself, And From There Goes Out To Join The Communal Dance.

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • A Pelican in the Wilderness
  • Isabel Colegate
  • English
  • 13 November 2017
  • 1582432384

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