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Deer Man: Seven Years of Living in the Forest

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At one point in the book, Delorme admits that he doesn't take photos of animals he doesn't personally know, or doesn't have a connection with, because he likes to see - through the camera lens - the expression in the animal's eyes. What we are left with is a startling portrait of an animal that is both familiar to us and yet shockingly misunderstood. ALSO HOW IS YOU DRINKING FROM A DOE’S TEAT LESS DISTURBING TO THE ROE DEER THAN SOMEONE GOING FOR A WALK ON A PATH. Some deeply eccentric books have crossed my path in my time, but this one probably takes the biscuit .

Una descripció sensible d'una experiència inoblidable protagonitzada per un home molt particular, especial. The ending was glossed over with no real detail about how he left, said goodbye to the deer or managed to transition back into society and as a result it felt unfinished. Et Geoffroy à la naissance, c’est comme… comme un enfant qui entend de la musique classique quand il est encore dans la matrice, ou dès la naissance, et qui devient musicien plus tard.

The book is beautifully written and Delorme’s extraordinary photos are scattered throughout the book. Han tycks se människan som en fiende vilket är begripligt med tanke på hur människan behandlar natur och djur. And this is no 'living in the wild' as in going out every now and then, with tent and full camping gear, to spend a few days at a time in the woods.

Mais, s’il n’a pas perdu la sagesse qu’il avait au début du livre, je lui conseille d’en parler aussi, car sans cela, pas de changement, c’est certain. Durante las primeras excursiones me preguntaba cómo había sobrevivido, era lo que más interés me suscitaba. Finalement, on comprend aisément pourquoi les chasseurs ne veulent pas croire l’histoire que Delorme a vécue. Geoffroy entendió su expedición como un largo aprendizaje, bajaba al pueblo en épocas de escasez y le llevó años adquirir los conocimientos necesarios para sobrevivir en el bosque. However, the author anthropomorphizes the animals and projects very human feelings and motivations onto the animals, while simultaneously speaking as though human activity is almost always “bad”.Il serait vraiment intéressant d'apprendre comment sa perception de la société humaine a changé après ces 7 ans de vie sylvestre. Daguet, el primer corzo que confió en él, persiguió al desconocido que se había instalado en el bosque, pues era un corzo de naturaleza curiosa, y su relación se fue afianzando. I also loved his descriptions of the wood, how he got intimate with it - I’m usually frightened by forests, and Delorme’s story convinced me that it’s possible to get to know one and become accepted there. In concise and sober fashion, German historian Steinbacher traces the history of Auschwitz from a medieval trading town to the major extermination camp of the Holocaust. On y apprend comment vivent les chevreuils (et comment vit un homme parmi les chevreuils), comment survivre dans les bois (si par pour toujours, on peut se débrouiller pendant tout un temps avec les conseils de Delorme).

Allt det som han inte känner i den vanliga världen, varken med vänner eller familj, får han i skogens stillhet. Adapted with permission of the publisher from the book Deer Man written by Geoffroy Delorme and published by Greystone Books in September 2022.

Geoffroy's first language is French and we decided that an excerpt would be the best way to introduce people to his riveting book, translated by Shaun Whiteside. Or something else weird happened but we’ll never know because he offers absolutely no meaningful explanation for how or why he ended up in, survived or left this situation. Pensaba que sería una narrativa densa, un ensayo pausado que describe con detalle los hábitos de los corzos y los bosques casi mágicos de Normandía. El hombre corzo contempla la huella humana con otros ojos: a través de una fauna bella y sensible, amenazada por la industrialización de sus bosques.

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