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At the outset of the third millennium, one problem towers above all others: how are we (as a species living what we think of as a civilized life) to survive? How, that is, are we to continue to live in an overcrowded world whose finite resources are being rapidly exhausted and whose biological life support systems are close to breakdown? There is a widespread and fast-growing belief that tinkering with economics ('sustainable development') and local conservation measures (always too little and too late) are not enough; that what is needed is a revolution in our consciousness regarding our place in the natural world and our responsibilities towards it.
This book attempts to reassert the essential relationship between imagination, nature and human survival. Keith Sagar demonstrates, by close readings of major works by seventeen of the greatest writers, from Homer to Hughes, that literature has a central contribution to make in our efforts to discover what are the laws of nature and human nature, and to live within them.
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Compelling book, great literature, great wisdom Jan 1, 2006
The thesis of Sagar's "Literature and the Crime Against Nature" is that literature has a crucial contribution to make in helping us to recognize and reaffirm our relationship with nature, showing us that in a deep and primal way, our emotional well-being depends on our willingness to embrace the earth-bound, natural part of ourselves.
Sagar takes on a penetrating exploration of the writings of Shakespeare, Aeschylus, Euripides, Coleridge, Conrad, Golding, Lawrence and Hughes, as well as others, bringing to the surface the unifying theme running through their works, namely, the need to nurture our ties with the natural world, and the perils that ensue when we split ourselves off from our sensual selves.
Anyone who loves literature and seeks a deeper appreciation of the truths in these great literary works, or who has a curiosity about their own instinctual nature and their relationship with the natural world will be enriched by this book.