I've just finished reading 'Courting The Wild Twin' by Martin Shaw. I enjoyed this incredibly thought provoking book although at times it didn't feel like one book. Instead many anecdotes and sound bites or thoughts put together around the same subject: myth and our connection to the world around us through these stories.
The book uses two stories from Norway to look at our relationship with the wild.The first story 'The Lindworm' (also know as Prince Lindworm) is beautiful and offers many lessons and paths to examine, easily accessible to the reader. The second, 'Tatterhood', although baring many similarities to the first, in the telling Shaw relays, is more abstract and this doesn't really work for me.
What sets this book apart is the overriding theme. It is one that is vital to our relationship with the Earth. If you throw something away it is not finished. Instead it festers, sulks and grows in its wrath and one day returns to remind you of its presence and even seek revenge. If we do this to the Earth, if we throw it on the scrap heap as past saving, ruined and a fait accompli, then we will never fix the mistakes we have made. Instead they will fester until we need nothing less than a miracle to nurture it back into our company.
'Stop saying that the Earth if doomed'.