A Language Older Than Words

A Language Older Than Words

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At once a beautifully poetic memoir and an exploration of the various ways we live in the world, A Language Older Than Words explains violence as a pathology that touches every aspect of our lives and indeed affects all aspects of life on Earth. This chronicle of a young man's drive to transcend domestic abuse offers a challenging look at our worldwide sense of community and how we can make things better.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 418 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 26mm | 567g
  • White River Junction, United States
  • English
  • 1931498555
  • 9781931498555
  • 151,959

Table of contents

1. Silencing

2. Coyotes, kittens, and conversations

3. Taking a life

4. Cultural eyeglasses

5. Cranes

6. The safety of metaphor

7. Claims to virtue

8. Seeking a third way

9. Breaking out

10. Economics

11. The goal is the process

12. Heroes

13. Metamorphosis

14. Insatiability

15. Violence

16. The parable of the box

17. Violence revisited

18. Coercion

19. Honeybees

20. A turning over

21. A life of my own

22. Interconnection

23. The plants respond

24. Death and awakening

25. A time of sleeping

26. Out of mourning, play

27. Trauma and recovery

28. Connection and cooperation
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Review quote

"Singular, compelling and courageously honest, this book is more than just a poignant memoir of a harrowingly abusive childhood. It relates the extraordinary journey of one man striving to save his own spirit and our planet's . . . His visceral, biting observations always manage to lead back to his mantra: 'Things don't have to be the way they are.'"--Publishers Weekly
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About Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen is the prize-winning author of A Language Older than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, Listening to the Land, Strangely Like War, Welcome to the Machine, and Walking on Water. He was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, which cited The Culture of Make Believe as "a passionate and provocative meditation on the nexus of racism, genocide, environmental destruction and corporate malfeasance, where civilization meets its discontents." He writes for The New York Times Magazine, Audubon, and The Sun Magazine among many others. He is an environmental activist and lives on the coast of northern California.
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