類別:人文科普/動物生態學.
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The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion
馬:一部人類高雅夥伴的進化史詩
版本: 精裝320頁  2015 年 10 月 27 日  Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux出版
ISBN:978-0374224400
內容介紹

愛馬人士翹首以待、千呼萬喚而出的一部作品。

馬的適應力強、易與人類交流溝通,聰明、與人常伴的夥伴情誼…馬兒的故事永遠也說不完。記者、同時也善騎術的作者溫蒂.威廉斯,巧妙地將馬兒的故事,藉由本書栩栩如生地呈現在讀者眼前。

她先娓娓道出馬兒過往五千六百萬年的進化史;再藉由與馬學專家於世界各地的探訪之機,揭開人與馬兩種生物間、因彼此的異同性才衍生而出的緊密連結情感;更論及我們高雅的夥伴可能會有的想法及感覺。事實上,最新的科學研究發現,馬兒的社會性及認知能力,使其能輕易適應不斷變動的生態環境,無疑是戰勝演化困境的一大贏家。

作者為馬兒的演進史,勾勒出一幅進程表,從一開始的原始馬一路演化,到現代的荷蘭溫血馬、純種馬及二十一世紀的迷你馬。她注意到遠古洞穴裡,令人讚嘆的洞穴藝術:遠在馬兒被人類馴化之前,人們早對馬兒懷有深深的崇敬之意。她與馬行為專家一同尋訪懷俄明州山區,去實地了解北美野馬自由奔放的活力;也去見識維也納名駒利皮札馬(Lipizzaners)的優雅風姿;她深思步履穩健、留著長鬚的Garrano馬,在西班牙加利西亞崎嶇的地勢間,可能有的生活情形;更讚嘆蒙古Takhi野馬,以及其他諸多的馬種。作者將深奧的科學見解,與絕妙的故事巧妙結合,為馬兒,這個有著令人著迷的過往及微妙細膩心思的感情動物,打造出一部獨特的演化傳記。

此書藉由記述此一自遠古時期即常伴人類左右的夥伴,載著我們勇赴戰場、或橫跨洲際奔向旅程的種種,意圖帶給讀者不同的啟發及視野;加上作者自身與馬相處的經驗談,豐富的書作內容,讓《馬》一書成為人類對此「自然界之冠」動物致敬的一部記述文學傑作。

作者介紹

作者溫蒂.威廉斯(Wendy Williams)是一位記者,文章散見於《波士頓環球報雜誌》(The Boston Globe)、《華爾街日報》(The Wall Street Journal)、《紐約時報雜誌》(The New York Times)以及《基督科學箴言報》(The Christian Science Monitor)等各大報章媒體。已出版多部書作,包括《Kraken》及《Cape Wind》,是個終身熱愛馬術的女騎士。她現居於麻塞諸塞州的Mashpee。

書評

A magnificent natural history of this magnificent animal. Williams pursues the wild and ancient creatures who put into relief the very particular horse-human relationship we have today. If you get a thrill when a horse thunders by, you must read this book. (Alexandra Horowitz, bestselling author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know)

A remarkable treasure chest of a book. Wendy Williams ropes together history, science and fascinating personal experiences to give new insights on every page. You'll never look at a horse the same way again. (Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer)

An enthusiastic history of and appreciation for all things horse . . . Anyone with a love of horses will treasure this book, which provides scholarly yet accessible insight into a beautifully constructed animal that has chosen to domesticate man, just as dogs have. (Kirkus Reviews)

Williams's book educates, entertains, and enthralls; it's part scientific discovery, part social commentary, and part history lesson, while always focusing on the relationship between horses and humans. (Publishers Weekly)

Riveting and moving. A beautiful celebration of the deep evolutionary fellowship between horses and people. (David George Haskell, author of the Pulitzer finalist, The Forest Unseen; Professor of Biology, University of the South)

I have never owned horses, but reading Wendy Williams's fine new book made me feel that I've known them all my life. And that, of course, is her point-to explore not just the history of horses, but the human fascination with them. She makes her case in clear, compelling prose, warmed throughout by her obvious fondness for the subject. (Thor Hanson, author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers)

Wendy Williams has done her homework. She has roamed our world of horses-past, present, and future-revealing cognitive processes, emotions, and behaviors similar to those of humans. What a gift. Reading [The Horse], I felt a kinship with horses and a deep yearning to bond with these marvelous creatures. (John W. Pilley, emeritus professor of psychology at Wofford College, and bestselling author of Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words)

The Horse is a scientific ode to one of the most charismatic mammals on Earth--it is an essential book and a loving exploration of our complicated relationship with the charming animal that we've variously hunted, tamed, and venerated throughout history. Readers could not ask for a better guide than Wendy Williams as she takes us to the badlands where mustangs still roam, the bones of their ancestors beneath their hooves. (Brian Switek, author of My Beloved Brontosaurus and Written in Stone)

Williams details her conversations with various experts and her own visits to archaeological digs as she navigates the evolution of the horse, its development in a variety of landscapes, and its general adaptability. (Booklist)

海外授權

英國(Oneworld)

加拿大(HarperCollins Canada)