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Nature theme in litterature

24.07.20
​​​​​​​By Susan Jessen Spiele, librarian at Roskilde Libraries.

Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights

A tale from the isolated moors of Yorkshire in the late 1700’s, when a man named Lockwood rents a house from Heathcliff, owner of the manor Wuthering Hights. When Lockwood takes ill, a housekeeper tells him the tragic story of Heathcliff and Catherine, the daughter of the original owner of the manor.
This story owes so much to the moors, the whole setting is a huge part of the reason this classic is still read today. You could also say that the choice Catherine has to make, in a way is between Nature and culture.

Jack London: The Call of the Wild

Buck is a very big dog living in sunny California, being loved and pampered. But when the big goldrush begins in Klondyke, the demand for powerful sled dogs means he is kidnapped and sold. In the cold North, he is witnessing brutality and hardship, but also kindness and love. Through it all, the call of the nature surrounding him increases.
One of my favorite books as a child, though it’s not really a book for children. It did however give me an everlasting longing for the wild places in the World, where humans are scarce, Nature rules and a wrong turn will kill you.

Barbara Kingsolver: Prodigal Summer

During a lush summer in the southern Appalachia, three stories flow together; a reclusive wildlife biologist, a city girl turned farmer’s wife and a pair of elderly feuding neighbors all find connections between themselves and the Nature around them.
Kingsolver has a unique way of describing not only human relations but Nature as well. Her writing is rich, lyrical and sensual and opens up a new way of looking at the World

 

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