Publication Date: 02/09/2021 ISBN: 9781783782802 Category:

Between Light and Storm

Esther Woolfson

Publisher: Granta Books
Publication Date: 02/09/2021 ISBN: 9781783782802 Category:
Paperback / Softback




Beginning with the very origins of life on Earth, Woolfson considers pre-historic human-animal interaction and traces the millennia-long evolution of conceptions of the soul and conscience in relation to the animal kingdom, and the consequences of our belief in human superiority. She explores our representation of animals in art, our consumption of them for food, our experiments on them for science, and our willingness to slaughter them for sport and fashion, as well as examining concepts of love and ownership.

Drawing on philosophy and theology, art and history, as well as her own experience of living with animals and coming to know, love and respect them as individuals, Woolfson examines some of the most complex ethical issues surrounding our treatment of animals and argues passionately and persuasively for a more humble, more humane, relationship with the creatures who share our world.

Publisher Review

'Elegiac, haunting and piercingly intelligent, Esther Woolfson's exploration of our relationship with other species is sometimes painful to read but her articulacy and lightness of touch, and her own beautifully observed experiences, are a joy. A profoundly moving and important book' - Isabella Tree 'A powerful, poignant, and urgently important reflection on our relations with the non-human world. Immaculately researched and compulsively readable' - Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast 'We live in a time in which our disrespect for nature is coming back to bite us. Timely and wide-ranging, Esther Woolfson's book offers sensitive reflections on how we relate to the animals around us as well as the animal within' - Frans de Waal

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