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The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell (review)

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell (review) REVIEWS The Forest unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature David George Haskell. Penguin, New York. 2012. xiv­270 pp. Index. $16.00 paperback. (ISBN 978-0-14-312294-4). david m. cochran, jr. University of Southern Mississippi The mandala, a Sanskrit word for which one translation is community, is a sacred Buddhist symbol of the universe. Tibetan Buddhist monks use different colored sands to create ephemeral representations of mandalas, about one meter in size, only to sweep their work away upon completion. In The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, David Haskell uses the mandala as a metaphor to document his observations while visiting a one-meter patch of old-growth forest in the Cumberland Plateau of southeastern Tennessee. Organized chronologically in 43 narrative essays that bear their calendrical dates as titles, The Forest Unseen takes the reader through a year in the life of the forest mandala. A single photograph adorns the front cover of the book, showing Haskell lying in the underbrush, magnifying glass in hand. No other figures are present, but Haskell's narratives are rich with imagery and beautifully written, and they collectively paint a nuanced portrait of the tiny patch of forest that forms the center of this book. One of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southeastern Geographer University of North Carolina Press

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell (review)

Southeastern Geographer , Volume 56 (1) – Mar 18, 2016

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REVIEWS The Forest unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature David George Haskell. Penguin, New York. 2012. xiv­270 pp. Index. $16.00 paperback. (ISBN 978-0-14-312294-4). david m. cochran, jr. University of Southern Mississippi The mandala, a Sanskrit word for which one translation is community, is a sacred Buddhist symbol of the universe. Tibetan Buddhist monks use different colored sands to create ephemeral representations of mandalas, about one meter in size, only to sweep their work away upon completion. In The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, David Haskell uses the mandala as a metaphor to document his observations while visiting a one-meter patch of old-growth forest in the Cumberland Plateau of southeastern Tennessee. Organized chronologically in 43 narrative essays that bear their calendrical dates as titles, The Forest Unseen takes the reader through a year in the life of the forest mandala. A single photograph adorns the front cover of the book, showing Haskell lying in the underbrush, magnifying glass in hand. No other figures are present, but Haskell's narratives are rich with imagery and beautifully written, and they collectively paint a nuanced portrait of the tiny patch of forest that forms the center of this book. One of

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Southeastern GeographerUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 18, 2016

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