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Tree: A Life Story (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 16. September 2004

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Wayne Grady has translated eight novels and edited six anthologies of short stories. He won the Governor General's Award for his translation of On the Eighth Day by Antonine Maillet and was nominated for the 2005 Governor General's Award for his translation of Francine D'Amour's Return from Africa. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.


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Ein sehr schönes Buch über die Lebensgeschichte einer Douglasie vom Samen bis zum Lebensende - Dieses Buch ist eine sehr wirksame Einführung in das Thema der Waldökologie - es wird viel Information geboten, alles eingebettet in der Geschichte dieses einen Baumes, der zahlreiche Umweltveränderungen, Wetterereignisse, Angriffe von Pilzen und Insekten erlebt, aber zugleich mit allen anderen Spezies in seiner Umgebung eine Einheit bildet..
Die Sprache ist ebenfalls sehr schön, sehr bildhaft, aber ohne jemals ins Kitschig-Sentimentale abzugleiten; dennoch wird dieser Baum im Verlauf des Buches zu einer Persönlichkeit, die die Sympathie und das Interesse des Lesers auf sich zieht..Alleine schon, dadurch, dass er als Teil eines lebendigen, miteinander verwobenen Ganzen aufgezeigt wird, macht das Buch zu einer hervorragenden Einführung in die Ökologie - ohne ein Lehrbuch zu sein.
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It's a busy living, being a tree. With our puny life spans and lack of attention we tend to miss that fact. Suzuki and Grady have compiled an amazing amount of information into this brief, but thorough examination of a single tree's existence. The story fills in those details we miss and calls our attention to how important it is to learn them. The details are vital to us in countless ways, and being aware of them may hold some clues to our own survival as a species.

The one tree they've chosen, a Douglas-fir, started long ago, in the age of Edward I of England. The authors give an account of how a Douglas-fir is kick-started by a forest fire. That inferno we all dread is the Douglas-fir's cradle. To massive trees seeking the sun, along with many other species, the removal of the forest canopy grants fresh sunlight and nutrients in the ash that would be otherwise unobtainable. Once growth begins, the young tree sprouts roots into the soil and shoots into the air. Encountering a growing tree, we tend to see it as isolated. Grady and Suzuki quickly disabuse us of that mistake. Trees quickly enter relationships - some with others of their own kind, but also with different species. Fungi, in particular, play a vital role in a tree's life almost from the outset. The fungi bring water and nutrients to the tree, gaining sugars that are the product of photosynthesis. This relationship extends the tree's influence over a vast area. There is also chemical communication with other trees - even those of different species - calling for help or offering information about tree predators.

During the tree's mature years, the old associations are strengthened, and new ones established.
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HASH(0x8eb237e0) von 5 Sternen A Book that Salutes Life 6. Februar 2005
Von STEPHEN PLETKO - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe

This easy-to-read book, by zoologist, geneticist, environmentalist, TV host, & author David Suzuki and author & translator Wayne Grady is advertised to be a biography of one tree, a Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziessi). This story connects us to other times in history and to all parts of the world. However, this story can be thought of as the story of all trees as well as all life throughout Earth.

This book explores the many mechanisms by which the tree is able to thrive for centuries while remaining rooted in one spot. It also looks at the tree's complex relationships with other organisms in its community, from such things as lichens, ferns, mosses, and fungi to other trees to such things as woodpeckers, squirrels, owls, cougars, bears, termites, ants, salamanders, and salmon. In addition, this book shows how a tree connects us to the atmosphere, the soil, and the world's oceans, as well as linking us all the way back to the universe's origins.

Examples of other topics covered include the history of botany, insect, bird, and mammal portraits, genetics, anatomy, nomenclature and taxonomy, climate, chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental issues. The amazing thing about this book is that these topics and others are combined in such a way as to make the main narrative extremely interesting and never dull. The authors say this more eloquently: "In this book, we have tried to restore a layperson's sense of wonder and questioning and added the kind of information acquired by scientists."

I was surprised to learn that "after millennia of study, there is still much about a tree we do not know." This book definitely tells the reader what is known not only about a tree but about life as well.

Finally, there are over a dozen black and white illustrations in this book. They were created by internationally known wildlife artist Robert Bateman. These illustrations add another dimension to this book.

In conclusion, this is a book that has richly detailed text that's augmented by evocative original art. The final result "is a revelation, a salute to life itself."

(first published 2004; acknowledgements; introduction; 5 chapters; main narrative 180 pages; references; index)

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HASH(0x8eb23834) von 5 Sternen A View of Just One Tree, the Doug Fir 20. Oktober 2004
Von John Matlock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Who could possibly have thought that a book about a tree could be so fascinating? The authors say they could have used any tree, an oak in England, a Banyon in India, but they picked a local tree, the Douglas Fir. I was attracted to this because my hundred year old house is made of Douglas Fir. And on a recent visit to Mt. St. Helens I was exposed to the absolute devestation caused by the eruption - 25,000 acres flattened, literally millions of trees blown down.

At one of the visitor centers on the road up to Mt. St. Helens there is a museum operated by one of the big logging companies. To no surprise they are talking about how much better their forests are under their careful management practices. And at a first glance, this makes sense. The trees are bigger, straighter. But where is the ecological balance, the bio-diversity - it's gone.

Like anything else, there are two sides to a story. We want wood for the next house we build. And it has to come from somewhere. But after reading this book, you'll never think of a tree in the same light.
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HASH(0x8eb23c6c) von 5 Sternen Great Informative Read! 25. Februar 2005
Von Dan Goldman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
It seems fitting that on the same day I received an e-mail

regarding Kimberly-Clark's indiscriminate use of old growth

forests to produce Kleenex tissues I finished reading "Tree:

A Life Story," a new book by acclaimed geneticist and

environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki, and nature writer Wayne

Grady. The book focuses on the life of a Douglas-fir, to

illustrate plant evolution, biology, and the interdependence

of organisms. Throughout the chronological account of the

tree's life, the authors interweave short biographies of

noted botanists and their historical roles in helping us to

further understand and appreciate life and death in the

forest. The book is also interspersed with drawings by

well-known nature artist, Robert Bateman.

The authors allude to the story of Genesis to depict the

first days of life: "In the beginning," early forms of

bacteria, and algae gradually made their move from the ocean

to land's rocky surface. These life forms evolved into

mosses and then into plants such as ferns. Competition for

sunlight caused these ferns to thicken their stems and grow

taller; these plants evolved into trees.

Our main character is born around 1400, into favorable

conditions created by a recent all-consuming fire. Through

the tree's 500 year lifespan, we gain further insight into

scientific concepts presented in earlier chapters. We learn

that various fungi, which grow on the tree's roots, are

capable of extracting a thousand times more water from the

soil than the root itself. The fungi supply the tree with

nutrients and water and, in turn, receive sugars produced

through photosynthesis (the process whereby light energy is

used to transform carbon into nutrients) in the tree's

canopy. This is just one example of many where the

interdependence of organisms is illustrated.

The authors expand on the theory that a tree is forever

"part dying and part being born," which was originally

stated by Theophrastus, otherwise known as the "father of

botany." A student of Plato and Aristotle's, and one of the

first field scientists to present extensive data on plants,

Theophrastuses theory is illustrated in the following ways:

our tree's core is made of dead wood; over the years, new

layers of wood will grow around the "heartwood" core. When

our Douglas-fir finally dies, it stands as a "snag" for

about 60 years and becomes home for a range of species, such

as flying squirrels and spotted owls. In the end, when the

trunk falls to the forest floor, it serves as a nursery for

seedlings; even in death, it possesses life-sustaining


A true testament to the book's overall success is that the

lyrical way in which the science was conveyed whetted my

appetite to revisit "Tree," in order to fully absorb all of

its vital information. At times, however, the abundance of

technical terms slowed my reading pace considerably. A short

glossary would help the scientifically unfamiliar reader to

carry concepts and terms from chapter to chapter.

It's no accident that the authors chose a Douglas-fir -the

most important old growth species in the forest industry

today- as their main character. Though several lines

protesting the industry's indiscriminate harvesting of these

trees are present, they are never preachy. The book relies,

instead, on supported evidence of how life depends on life,

and that blind destruction of such forests will eventually

lead to our own demise. On a personal note, I'm grateful to

the authors for providing me with the scientific knowledge

and the emotional charge needed to write my letter to the

Kimberly Clark Corporation.

Dan Goldman, Reviewer For Bookpleasures
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HASH(0x8eb2f054) von 5 Sternen A+ for concept, F- for execution 8. März 2011
Von plantman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The authors have a great concept, to use the life of a centuries-old tree to explain some things about plant life, ecosystems, nature and a wide range of science-related concepts. The text is an easy read, a wide-ranging, rather random discourse filled with information on nature, the environment, history and many things unrelated to the theme of the book. That's its charm.
The book, however, contains so many factual and conceptual errors about plant biology, that its credibility was ruined for me. I know plants, and so when I encounter so many glaring errors and misconceptions in a subject that I know, how can I trust the authors' facts in other fields that I don't know? Well, I cannot.
The authors, editors and publishers should have had the text reviewed by somebody with knowledge of the topic. I can't blame Suzuki - a fruit fly geneticist by training - for not knowing all the details of how plants carry on their daily life, but I do blame him for not checking his facts. It's really embarrassing. Some examples of the errors in the book: that plant roots bend downwards because auxin falls to the lower part of the root by its own weight; that auxin cuts the bonds in cellulose; that cellulose is made up of glucose and fructose; that starch moves from the leaves to the roots - these are just a few of the crazy concepts stated as facts in the book. Where did Suzuki find these crazy ideas? Not in any authoritative textbook written in the last half century!
I like to cook and I've learned the hard way that hours of effort can be ruined by adding one incompatible ingredient to the recipe. In a book about science and nature, facts are the ingredients, and if you get those wrong, there's no rescuing the dish. It goes in the trash bin.
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HASH(0x8eb2f138) von 5 Sternen where was suzuki when i was failing high school science? 27. März 2005
Von culture vulture - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
i was a terrible science student in high school. i could never wrap my head around how microorganisms affected my world outside the classroom. but then, i didn't have teachers like david suzuki and wayne grady. this fascinating book looks at a single tree, and examines it life up to its death. they have an engaging writing style that is informative and clear. two big thumbs up.
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