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God Is An Octopus: Loss, Love and a Calling to Nature

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After some time, he starts to experience brief moments when he finds himself thinking outside the blackness. Perfection is a human construct, a poor substitute for the natural exuberance and resiliency that make a house a home – not just for us, but for all species. Of course, the two elements of the book – the healing of nature and the healing of the self – are intertwined.

Unfortunately, after this section, I felt that I was reading the words rather than taking in what was being described. The festival was everything I hoped for, and the conversation between these two amazing rewilders was thoughtful and inspiring. Iris had shared his love of nature, and as he moves through shock and anger, consulting other grieving parents and dabbling in Buddhism, mediums and psychedelics, it’s this that consoles him. Before reading Goldsmith’s God is an Octopus, [1] you will likely already know its subject matter: the heart-breaking death of the author’s daughter in the summer of 2019 and the year of grieving and healing that follows. I think many grouse and pheasant shooters would argue the same, whatever some of us might make of their apparent contradictions.

I'm always hesitant about star rating memoirs, so this is down to preference of writing style and helpfulness towards my own experiences. Iris’s death compels him to rewild his farm, to pull down the fences, create meandering streams, let cattle roam, let everything grow (no more freshly mown fields that might lure children driving mules away from the safety of the track). We're looking forward to listening to this interview with Diana Friedrich of Rewilding Argentina on the For the Wild podcast. I faser fremstår alle de andre som kulisser, og jeg skulle ønske redaktøren hadde hjulpet Goldsmith med litt avstand - men det er kanskje fordi det er vanskelig å takle nærgående den smerten han må leve seg gjennom, og fordi perspektivene blir annerledes når livet ikke lenger er "vanlig".

These are not topics often covered in books on rewilding and I commend his bravery both in pursuing these ideas and in describing his experiences.In it, the British financier and environmentalist recounts the accidental death of his teenage daughter Iris, and brings readers along on his journey to find some meaning in the aftermath. A very moving book … [It] tore at my heart, as it will yours, but it'll also make you feel better and more hopeful. We can’t spend too long in it, it is unbearable, and Goldsmith’s environmental mission is a way for him to step out of the pond. The majority of the book focuses on his rewilding plans and restoring as many species back into the natural environs as a means of spiritual and physical healing.

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