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On killing : meditations on the chase
Jones, Robert F., 1934-2002.
Publication Information:
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
viii, 251 pages ; 22 cm
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PS509.H85 O53 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Hunting is an exceedingly complicated & sensitive subject, with outspoken voices on both sides claiming righteousness. However, there is a huge range between the extremes in which thoughtful discourse on the issue becomes an examination of what it means to be alive & the ethics of taking an animal's life. When the voices are those of writers & philosophers past & present, some who hunt & others who don't, the debate becomes enormously satisfying & far more subtle. In ON KILLING, new essays by Craig Nova, Dan O'Brien, Pam Houston, Robert F. Jones, Louis Owen, Dan Gerber, Jack Turner, Mary Clearman Blew, Le Anne Schreiber, & others are juxtaposed with classic excerpts from Leo Tolstoy's snipehunting scene in Anna Karenina, Ernest Hemingway's fictional debate on killing animals versus killing men in For Whom the Bell Tolls, Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, & Jos‚ Ortega y Gasset's pivotal essay "Ethics" from Meditations on Hunting, & interspersed with works from Jim Harrison, Isak Dinesen, Jim Corbett, Aldo Leopold, Charles Fergus, Roderick Haig-Brown, Stephen Bodio, Richard Meinertzhagen, The Bible, & more. ON KILLING is not merely an anthology of pieces written on hunting, it is a rich dialogue, reflecting the broadest spectrum of ideals, exploring what so many of us talk about or want to find new ways to articulate. For thinking hunters, fishermen, naturalists, philosophers, & anyone interested in challenging discourse, ON KILLING is a book not to be missed.

Author Notes

Robert F. Jones is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels, including "Blood Sport", & five works of nonfiction, including "Dancers in the Sunset Sky", a collection of sporting essays. His work has appeared in "Sports Afield", "Men's Journal", "Outdoor Life", "Big Sky Journal", "Audubon", "Time", "Sports Illustrated", "Life", "People", "Harper's", "Fly Rod & Reel", "The New York Times", & "Shooting Sportsman". He lives in West Rupert, Vermont.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Many notable writers have articulated sentiments about killing in first-person essays or via characters in their stories. This diverse collection of short pieces and excerpts from longer works covers a wide range of attitudes, but they're mostly restricted to ethical shadings pertaining to hunting game or fishing, two of the so-called blood sports. Although it purports to represent both sides of the ethical argument on taking animal life, there's nothing even close to an animal rights point of view here. Rather, there are discourses about the practical, pleasurable, ecological, and ethical considerations of killing for food or, in fishing, whether fish should be caught and released to provide thrills for other anglers. Over a dozen pieces by contemporary writers, including Le Anne Schreiber, Jim Harrison, and editor/novelist Jones (Blood Sport, LJ 5/15/97) are juxtaposed with snippets by literary icons such as Tolstoy, Remarque, and Hemingway. Most favor or are ambivalent about killing animals for food or to solve a pest problem. Recreational slaughter, however, is roundly denounced. Recommended for public and large academic libraries. Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Robert F. JonesErnest HemingwayErich Maria RemarqueJohn James AudubonAldo LeopoldDan GerberJim HarrisonRobert F. JonesLeo TolstoyMary Clearman BlewRoderick Haig-BrownJohn HoltIsak DinesenLe Anne SchreiberLouise JonesBeryl MarkhamPam HoustonAllen Morris JonesDan GerberJohn JeromeLouis OwensStephen J. BodioJim CorbettDan O'BrienCharles Fergus
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 from For Whom the Bell Tollsp. 13
from All Quiet on the Western Frontp. 19
Part 2 The Passenger Pigeon (from Ornithological Biographies)p. 29
Thinking Like a Mountain (from Sand County Almanac)p. 37
Part 3 A Few Thoughts on Adam's Cursep. 43
from Farmerp. 49
A Question of Blessingsp. 55
Part 4 from Anna Kareninap. 69
Bambi and Lassiep. 75
Part 5 Putting Fish Back (from Fisherman's Spring)p. 87
Death on the Musselshellp. 95
Part 6 from Out of Africap. 105
Predilectionsp. 115
My War on Marmota Monaxp. 123
Part 7 Praise God for the Blood of the Bull (from West with the Night)p. 131
Sheep Hunting with Oil Man Johnp. 153
Heart of the Huntp. 165
Part 8 One Day Near Marilal (from Trying to Catch the Horses)p. 175
Killing the Neural Pathwaysp. 177
The Hunter's Dancep. 183
Meat (from The Edge of Wild)p. 195
The Pipal Pani Tiger (from Man-Eaters of Kumaon)p. 211
Part 9 Communionp. 225
Thoughts on Killing (from The Upland Equation)p. 233
Contributorsp. 237