Nato dal fuoco, scolpito dal ghiaccio, rifinito dal vento, dall’acqua e dalla neve: il massiccio dei monti Cairngorm, nella Scozia nordorientale, chiamato anche «l’Artico della Gran Bretagna», è il protagonista di questo vero e proprio capolavoro della letteratura di alpinismo. L’autrice, la scrittrice scozzese Nan Shepherd, lo ha esplorato per tutta la vita, percorrendolo in lungo e in largo in un eterno ritornare, scoprire, ricordare. «Eterno» perché muoversi negli spazi di queste montagne, vibranti delle energie che operano da milioni di anni nell’universo, significa per lei entrare in contatto con la vera essenza della natura e di se stessi. In quel moto che è al tempo stesso contemplazione, i sensi si acuiscono per percepire suoni, colori, profumi e consistenze e la mente li accompagna, dapprima rapita e poi forte di una nuova consapevolezza. Chi ha dimestichezza con la montagna conosce questa pienezza nella rarefazione, questa vertigine così vicina al filosofare nel suo senso più originario; ma Nan Shepherd ha trovato meglio di chiunque le parole per descriverla. Ognuno di noi ha un luogo – una montagna, ma anche un bosco, un sentiero, un fiume, una vallata – nei confronti del quale prova un intimo senso di appartenenza. La montagna vivente è il libro da portare con sé per compiere ancora una volta quell’escursione prediletta.
Con un'introduzione di Robert Macfarlane
- ISBN: 886833853X
- Casa Editrice: Ponte alle Grazie
- Pagine: 180
One autumn afternoon, about ten years ago, I sat on a mountainside in Colorado surrounded by aspens. As the wind blew, I could hear the leaves rustle, first from far away, then closer and closer, until I felt the wind in my hair, with leaves rustling loudly overhead. Then slowly, the rustling moved
This was gorgeous, short, and profound. It's like a long prose poem, based on numerous trips into the mountains. I think the Robert Macfarlane quote on the back of the book sets it up really nicely: "Most works of mountain literature are written by men, and most of them focus on the goal of the summi Leggi tutto
The Cairngorm mountains of Scotland, explored in extraordinary depth, and over many years, by the poet, novelist and academic Nan Shepherd. She wrote four books in six years, and then there was nothing. She didn't publish another book for 43 years. She wrote The Living Mountain in the last years of
I came across this novel by complete accident. I had never heard of Nan Shepherd. It was an Amazon Kindle recommendation based on my recent purchases. This spectacularly beautiful and memorable book has gone straight to my all time favourites list. And I am pretty discriminate with my favourites! I
At first glance, this seems like a deceptively simple and modest book: Nan Shepherd describes her experiences and explorations in the Cairgorm Mountains in northeastern Scotland, a region she has lived in for decades, in the first halve of the 20th century. The Cairgorms is in essence a huge granite Leggi tutto
Nan Shepherd logged decades in Scotland's Cairngorms, a mountain range in that country's northeast, and wrote a book about her relationship with those mountains in the 1940s. The Living Mountain did not see print, however, until the 1970s. And now, among a subset of nature-writing fans, it is a mini Leggi tutto
Considering it was barely 100 pages long, this book took a long time to read, even taking into account the 2 week break when I left it behind when going on holiday. It took time because it deserved time - to give it a thoroughly focused, slow reading. The chapters layered different aspects of the Ca Leggi tutto
The full title of this book is The Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland . The author and poet, Nan Shepherd (1893-1981), was born, spent much of her life and died in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her Alma mater was Aberdeen University and after graduation she lectured English a Leggi tutto
This is something of a lost nature classic that has been championed by Robert Macfarlane (who contributes a 25-page introduction to this Canongate edition). Composed during the later years of World War II but only published in 1977, it’s Shepherd’s tribute to her beloved Cairngorms, a mountain regio Leggi tutto
It’s hard for me to rate this because I know how revered Nan Shepherd’s writing is. Perhaps if I knew the Cairngorms better, I would have enjoyed this more. I’ve read many books about places I’ve never visited though and that hasn’t made a difference to me. 4 stars because the writing is sometimes b Leggi tutto
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