Reviews - What do customers think about Seasons & Days: A Hunting Life?
Throw it in the game bag Sep 15, 2004
I like Thomas McIntyre's writing and this is one of his better collections, perhaps the best of all. Sometimes McIntyre digresses into too much history for my taste, but his essays are powerful nevertheless, more so because of his unique and accurate observations. You have to love a man who writes like this: "You will stare at him [a band tail pigeon] for a moment before slipping him into your game bag, and for just a moment nothing else in life will be of much consequence. There will be a brief intermission from the din of memories of lost love, fears of where the money is going to come from next, and questions of whether you are at all who you think you are that usually fill your head to distraction." If you too treasure such moments, slip this book into your game bag and let McIntyre take you hunting.
More than hunting Oct 2, 2003
"Seasons & Days" bears the subtitle "A Hunting Life," but that might have been more accurate if it were simply "Life." Thomas McIntyre is one of the most intelligent writers we have today, a master of the insightful - and frequently very amusing - essay. All of these essays revolve around hunting, but they are also meditations on the human experience. And beautifully written!
A gourmet naturalist who happens to carry a gun Jul 16, 2003
Intense curiosity separates McIntyre from most writers in the hook and bullet trade. McIntyre is a naturalist and a storyteller who happens to carry a gun. Everything is of interest to this man. While devoted to hunting all over the globe, McIntyre also sets his sights and his talents to work describing the natural world: birds in flights, the machinations of rivers, the rattling of dried leaves and, yes, food. This writer is very serious about cooking and eating game. The charm in this book lies not so much in the detailing the stalk, which McIntyre does in great detail, but in his descriptions and conversations, for example, with a rail-thin, five-time married guide who helped McIntyre bag an ocelated turkey in Mexico.
McIntyre writes with passion for the outside, not just for what flies or trods upon the earth in cloven hoof, but for the earth itself. A first-rate read.