Warm, imaginative, and thoroughly original, this memoir intertwines the mysteries of trees with the defining moments in the life of novelist and essayist Theresa Kishkan. For Kishkan, trees are memory markers of life, and in this book she explores the presence of trees in nature, in culture and in her personal history. Naming each chapter for a particular tree -- the GarryWarm, imaginative, and thoroughly original, this memoir intertwines the mysteries of trees with the defining moments in the life of novelist and essayist Theresa Kishkan. For Kishkan, trees are memory markers of life, and in this book she explores the presence of trees in nature, in culture and in her personal history. Naming each chapter for a particular tree -- the Garry oak, the Ponderosa pine, the silver olive, the Plane tree, the Arbutus, and others -- she draws on Pliny the Elder's "Natural History," John Evelyn's "Sylva," and strands of mythology from other classical and contemporary sources to blend scientific fact with natural history and the artifacts of human culture.Never pedantic and always accessible, "Mnemonic"?reveals -- through one woman's relationship with the natural world -- how all of us have roots that intertwine with the broader world, tapping deep into the rich well of universal themes. In the words of Pliny the Elder, "Hence it is right to follow the natural order, to speak about trees before other things . . ."...
|Title||:||Mnemonic: A Book of Trees|
|Number of Pages||:||260 Pages|
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Mnemonic: A Book of Trees Reviews
Everything comes at me in such splendour and chaos. p227Looping and meandering through the thicket of memory, TK has ordered her work around the trees that anchor her sense of place. Roaming freely within her self-imposed structure, the patient reader is able not only to visualize but also delight in a life designed with awareness and respect. Houses, like songs and stories...exist across time and place,in a moment that is ever present. p55TK's quietly passionate observations are gathered here from the range of her years and a gamut of sources: scientific and botanical lore, arcane and classical literature, scores of music and the calligraphy of insects. This is a book to own, to cherish and to savor.
An interesting memoir of life, from childhood to parenting to empty nest, on Vancouver Island, with a side trip to Crete. She uses trees and tree lore as themes for each chapter. Enjoyed her love of choral music and taking up singing lessons in middle age.
Didn't finish. Lovely, but too smart for me.
Uneven but brilliant flashes of insight, poetry, and the story of a life.