by Cris Trautner on May 27, 2014
Many Loren Eiseley fans first became acquainted with the naturalist and philosopher's writings through his iconic first book, The Immense Journey, first published in 1957. It is a fascinating book and helped established Eiseley's national reputation as a profound thinker and "modern shaman."
Deb Derrick, a longtime member and former secretary of the Loren Eiseley Society, wrote a review of The Immense Journey. Here, to me, is one of her best descriptions of Eiseley and this first work:
Like the narrator of a play who observes the drama unfold from the sidelines, Eiseley observes the story of life unfolding throughout history, recounting some of it to us in his own story. "Forward and backward I have gone, and for me it has been an immense journey" (13). By the time we read these words we have come to realize that Eiseley is not just talking about his own life's journey. Eiseley's narrator is metaphor for the journey of all humankind through the vast dimension of time and space—a journey filled with perplexity, delight, and impermanence. Eiseley might refute that, if he were alive today. He claims he does not pretend to speak for anyone but himself.
Nebraska Book Source will be offering The Immense Journey for sale in the next few weeks, adding to our Eiseley collection. We hope you enjoy the read.