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The wild host : the history and meaning of the hunt
Isaacson, Rupert.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, MD : Derrydale Press ; [Place of publication not identified] : Distributed by National Book Network, 2001.
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296 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
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SK21 .I83 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A beautifully illustrated history of hunting; a meditation oin the meaning of hunting spiritually and culturally; and a very personal hunting account.

Author Notes

Rupert Isaacson lives in Austin, Texas. He is well-known to the foxhunting community through his regularly featured hunting articles in Hunting and Country Illustrated magazines published in the UK. He is a full time travel and environmental writer specializing in Africa.

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Library Journal Review

A fox-hunting enthusiast and travel and environmental writer, Isaacson (Southern Africa on the Wild Side) presents both an informative and lavishly illustrated history of "the cult and legend of The Wild Hunt" (or Wild Host, or Furious Host) and a thoughtful discussion of the present and future role of the hunt. Beginning with the prehistoric hunter-gatherer ritual of the "sacred chase," Isaacson examines in detail the evolving stages of the practice of hunting. In the process, he examines some intriguing connections between the practices of such hunting cultures as the San (Bushmen) of the Kalahari and the Cree of northern Quebec and present-day, highly formalized versions of the hunt. Isaacson opens his investigation with a question: "Is there still a place for such an arcane many would say barbaric ritual in our modern world?" Although his consideration of the question is both balanced and nonconfrontational, his closing reflections reveal where his sympathies lie: "Formalized and ritualized as hunting has become, it is still very much a part of this symbiotic relationship between man and the planet on which he relies." Recommended for public and academic libraries. Robert C. Jones, Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.