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Edited by Rick Bass. Introduction by Mike Dombeck. : Lyons Press, 2002. ) Caribou Rising: Defending the Porcupine Herd, Gwich-’in Culture, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. San Francisco: Sierra Club, 2004. CONCLUSION Much of Rick Bass’s work employs religious language. While not espousing any particular religion, Bass does use a religious lexicon, one often associated with magic. English has little else to convey the sense of holiness that this writer feels for nature. There may be a God for Bass, but certainly bears and larch trees and everything between the sky and the earth that remains not quite touchable by language is God too.
It is about nature’s will to undo what humans do and to restore balance despite humanity’s best efforts against it. The wolves’ story begins in 1989, when a female wolf was discovered near Marion, Montana. There is a scramble of activity by both wolf preservationists and those opposed to them. Over the next three years, the female wolf and other lone wolves would be captured, released, have cubs, and in some cases, be shot. Bass breaks some rules writing this book, a fact he readily admits: “They say not to anthropomorphize—not to think of [the wolves] as having feelings, not to think of them as being able to think.
During the course of the story Judith thinks, “All forests deserve one man and one woman,” (43) which likens the situation to that of Adam and Eve. The novella reads like they are the only two alive in the massive wood, and they act out their unique, twisted version of that creation story. Judith tries to swim away in the river, but Trapper catches her. ” (45) If Trapper and Judith are Adam and Eve, then perhaps this other Judith is Lilith, Adam’s legendary ﬁrst wife. The title novella concerns character more than plot.