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J. Edward Chamberlin is Professor Emeritus of English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, has lectured around the world, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies. He is the author of Come Back to Me My Language; Horse; and If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? He lives in British Columbia.
A rather dull cover hides a rich and continually surprising tour of the World’s islands. There is for British readers, our own island, there are the islands we know, islands in rivers, lakes and sea, There are islands of fable and most delightfully islands that come and go over the centuries, islands of spice and fortress, prison and escape. Islands have been stepping stones in history, allowing human beings to travel the world, they have provided refuge and riches, and they can be havens for wildlife, the cause of shipwreck and danger. It is a subject without end, caught for a brief moment by the author who teases us with intriguing glimpses of this vast history. Like for Like Reading The Sea Inside, Philip Hoare Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, Simon Winchester
Full of wisdom, passion and wonder, Horse is the utterly fascinating and enlightening story of horses and humans from the beginning of time to the present. Ever since the dawn of human history, horses have held a mystical sway over our imagination: we respect and revere them like no other animal. We have conceived of them as both domesticated and free, both belonging to our civilisation and to the wild. At first, ours was an encounter of death, as prehistoric humans hunted horses all across the steppes of Asia, and throughout Europe. But they also painted horses full of grace and beauty on the walls of their caves, and gave them a central place in their songs and sacred rituals. Long before the invention of writing and the wheel, horses began to shape the way humans lived. Drawing on archaeology, biology, art, literature and ethnography, Horse illuminates the relationship between humans and horses throughout history - from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, from the Moors in Spain and the knights in France to the great horse cultures of native America. From the Ice Age to the Industrial Age, horses have provided sustenance, transportation, status, companionship and the ability to establish and expand empires. Included are stories of horses at work, at war and at play, both wild horses and famous horses, in paintings, books and movies. Horse looks at the ancient traditions of horse trading and horse stealing, horse racing and games with horses, and at rodeos and circuses, jumping and dressage. It compares techniques of training and traditions of breeding, from the Persians to the Nez Perce, from Lippizaners to Percherons, and ponders the intelligence of horses, their skill and strength as well as their grace and beauty.