VOICES ON THE WIND
Author: C. Stanley Mason
Publisher: NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK, Jan 2003
A celebration of bird hunting as spirtual quest, participatory environmentalism, and a metaphor for the search for grace and goodness. 6x9 inches, 192 pgs.
What is bird hunting really all about? For answers to this question, C. Stanley Mason turns an ear to the wind. His listening has produced these essays, in which he rehearses the lessons taught--and the questions left unanswered--by the breeze that blows through wild places.
The results are often funny, sometimes sorrowful, always passionate, yet humble and ever hopeful. Through it all, from northern grouse woods to prairie duck marshes, Mason discerns a unifying story of life, death, and resurrection.
Voices on the Wind combines hunting tales with environmental history and thoughtful reflection about why bird hunters do what they do. Here is a celebration of bird hunting as spiritual quest, as participatory environmentalism, and as a powerful metaphor for the search for grace and goodness.
EXCERPT FROM THE FOREWORD:
By Michael McIntosh
One of the delights of reading is discovering a voice that speaks with grace and intelligence and economy and charm, a voice that stirs your mind, tickles your sense of humor, and lifts your spirit. Chad Mason's is one of those.
"What is it," Mason wonders, "that's so captivating about a dog standing still?" Gene Hill would wish he'd written that. So do I. This book is full of such images. You'll find them and recognize them as what they represent--one of us, sharing what he's heard out where what you hear is true and good.
New voices are enchanting, especially voices that speak the language of the wind.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C. Stanley Mason has been a regular contributor to Wing & Shot and Wildfowl magazines and writes regular columns for Gun Dog magazine and Gundogs Unlimited, an Internet magazine. He has appeared twice on the television show Gundogs Unlimited. He lives in Ankeny, Iowa.