The Nature of Generosity

The Nature of Generosity William Kittredge 0679437525 9780679437529 Hailed as one of our finest writers about the American West, William Kittredge now brings all his experience and intelligence to bear on the wider, and wilder, We
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Hailed as one of our finest writers about the American West, William Kittredge now brings all his experience and intelligence to bear on the wider, and wilder, West of our civilization. In certain respects, The Nature of Generosity continues the story of Hole in the Sky, the acclaimed memoir of Kittredges early life on his familys vast ranch in Oregon; but it also ranges freely, and exhilaratingly, around the world and through recorded time. A travel book of sorts--from New York and Venice to the Andalusian hills of Garca Lorca, from the cow towns of Montana to the caves at Lascaux--it is driven by the quest to reconcile childhood simplicities with the complex, urgent, adult questions about who to be, and how, and why. Drawing on our various histories--biological, cultural, psychological--Kittredge celebrates diversity as the cornerstone of our social possibilities, examines the freedom and responsibility this entails, and suggests that our cultures habitually selfish, combative behavior is far from being in our best interests--or, indeed, in our nature. Less geographical than philosophical, at once learned and curious, observant and personal, The Nature of Generosity is a revolutionary, and practical, magnum opus.

Author: William Kittredge

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 288

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2000-12-05


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