Which are the definitive books of “forest” fiction?
A preposterous question or a nonsensical quest perhaps. But as John Perlin’s classic “A Forest Journey: Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization” shows forests have been a major influence on human life and societies over the millennia, and their survival has probably never been so closely entwined with our own. The posts in the category forest fiction will explore how forests have affected writers and how different storytellers have written about forests.
Suggested books (from posts)
- The Forest of A Thousand Demons in Yoruba” by Daniel Olorunfẹmi Fagunwa
- The Palm-Wine Drunkard (1946) and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1954) by Amos Tutuola
- The Famished Road (1991) by Ben Okri
- Marriage of Wisdom and other stories from Liberia (1974) by Wilton Sankawulo.
- The Open Veins of Latin America (1971) and Memory of Fire (1982-1986) by Eduardo Galeano
- The Lost World (1912) by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Rainforest (1987) by Jenny Diski
- Patrick Robertson: A Tale of Adventure (2006) by Brian Hennigan
- The Sorcerers (2007) by Primo Levy
- Journey Without Maps (1935) by Graham Greene
- The Bafut Beagles (1954) by Gerald Durrell
- Into the Heart of the Borneo (1984), Congo Journey (1996) and No Mercy: Journey into the Heart of the Congo (1997) by Redmond O’Hanlon
- Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English (1985) by Ken Saro-Wiwa
- Beasts of No Nation (2005) by Uzodinma Iweala
- The Glass Palace (2000) by Amitav Ghosh
- The Young Forester (1910) by Zane Grey
- Things Fall Apart (1959) by Chinua Achebe
- A Dance of The Forest (1960) by Wole Soyinka
- State of Wonder (2011) by Ann Patchett
- The Naturalist on the River Amazon (1893) by William Henry Bates