Shortlisted for 2019 Banff Mountain Book Festival
From the National Book Award-winning writer, humanitarian, environmentalist and author of the now-classic Arctic Dreams: a vivid, poetic, capacious work that recollects the travels around the world and the encounters – human, animal, and natural – that have shaped his extraordinary life. Poignantly, powerfully, it also asks “How do we move forward?”
Taking us nearly from pole to pole – from modern megacities to some of the most remote regions on the earth – Barry Lopez, hailed by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as “one of our finest writers”, gives us his most far-ranging yet personal work to date, in a book that moves through decades of his life as it describes his travels to six regions of the world: from the Oregon coast where he lives to the northernmost reaches of Canada; to the Galapagos; to the Kenyan desert; to Botany Bay in Australia; and in the resounding last section of this magisterial book, unforgettably to the ice shelves of Antarctica.
As he revisits his growing up and these myriad travels, Lopez also probes the long history of humanity’s quests and explorations, including the prehistoric peoples who trekked across Skraeling Island in northern Canada; the colonialists who plundered Central Africa; an Enlightenment-era Englishman who sailed the Pacific and a Native American emissary who arrived in Japan before it opened to the West. He confronts today’s ecotourism in the tropics and visits the haunting remnants of a French colonial prison on le du Diable in French Guiana. Through these journeys, and friendships forged along the way with scientists, archeologists, artists and local residents, Lopez searches for meaning and purpose in a broken world.
With tenderness and intimacy, Horizon evokes the stillness and the silence of the hottest, the coldest and the most desolate places on the globe. It speaks with beauty and urgency to the invisible ties that unite us; voices concern and frustration alongside humanity and hope; and looks forward to our shared future as much as it looks back at a single life. Revelatory, powerful, profound, this is an epic work of nonfiction that makes you see the world differently: a crowning achievement by one of our most humane voices – one needed now more than ever.
Narrator: James Naughton
Duration: 22 hours 53 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2004
Publisher: Random House Canada