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Cathedral of the Wild - An African Journey Home

Boyd Varty

Boyd Varty had an unconventional upbringing. He grew up on Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, a place where man and nature strive for balance, where perils exist alongside wonders. Founded more than eighty years ago as a hunting ground, Londolozi was transformed into a nature reserve beginning in 1973 by Varty's father and uncle, visionaries of the restoration movement. But it wasn't just a sanctuary for the animals; it was also a place for ravaged land to flourish again and for the human spirit to be restored. When Nelson Mandela was released after twenty-seven years of imprisonment, he came to the reserve to recover. Cathedral of the Wild is Varty's memoir of his life in this exquisite and vast refuge. At Londolozi, Varty gained the confidence that emerges from living in Africa. "We came out strong and largely unafraid of life," he writes, "with the full knowledge of its dangers." It was there that young Boyd and his equally adventurous sister learned to track animals, raised leopard and lion cubs, followed their larger-than-life uncle on his many adventures filming wildlife, and became one with the land. Varty survived a harrowing black mamba encounter, a debilitating bout with malaria, even a vicious crocodile attack, but his biggest challenge was a personal crisis of purpose. An intense spiritual quest takes him across the globe and back again-to reconnect with nature and "rediscover the track." Cathedral of the Wild is a story of transformation that inspires a great appreciation for the beauty and order of the natural world. With conviction, hope, and humor, Varty makes a passionate claim for the power of the wild to restore the human spirit. Praise for Cathedral of the Wild "Extremely touching . . . a book about growth and hope."-The New York Times "It made me cry with its hard-won truths about human and animal nature. . . . Both funny and deeply moving, this book belongs on the shelf of everyone who seeks healing in wilderness."-BookPage "This is a gorgeous, lyrical, hilarious, import

Boyd Varty had an unconventional upbringing. He grew up on Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, a place where man and nature strive for balance, where perils exist alongside wonders. Founded more than eighty years ago as a hunting ground, Londolozi was transformed into a nature reserve beginning in 1973 by Varty's father and uncle, visionaries of the restoration movement. But it wasn't just a sanctuary for the animals; it was also a place for ravaged land to flourish again and for the human spirit to be restored. When Nelson Mandela was released after twenty-seven years of imprisonment, he came to the reserve to recover. Cathedral of the Wild is Varty's memoir of his life in this exquisite and vast refuge. At Londolozi, Varty gained the confidence that emerges from living in Africa. "We came out strong and largely unafraid of life," he writes, "with the full knowledge of its dangers." It was there that young Boyd and his equally adventurous sister learned to track animals, raised leopard and lion cubs, followed their larger-than-life uncle on his many adventures filming wildlife, and became one with the land. Varty survived a harrowing black mamba encounter, a debilitating bout with malaria, even a vicious crocodile attack, but his biggest challenge was a personal crisis of purpose. An intense spiritual quest takes him across the globe and back again-to reconnect with nature and "rediscover the track." Cathedral of the Wild is a story of transformation that inspires a great appreciation for the beauty and order of the natural world. With conviction, hope, and humor, Varty makes a passionate claim for the power of the wild to restore the human spirit. Praise for Cathedral of the Wild "Extremely touching . . . a book about growth and hope."-The New York Times "It made me cry with its hard-won truths about human and animal nature. . . . Both funny and deeply moving, this book belongs on the shelf of everyone who seeks healing in wilderness."-BookPage "This is a gorgeous, lyrical, hilarious, import
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Boyd Varty had an unconventional upbringing. He grew up on Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, a place where man and nature strive for balance, where perils exist alongside wonders. Founded more than eighty years ago as a hunting ground, Londolozi was transformed into a nature reserve beginning in 1973 by Varty's father and uncle, visionaries of the restoration movement. But it wasn't just a sanctuary for the animals; it was also a place for ravaged land to flourish again and for the human spirit to be restored. When Nelson Mandela was released after twenty-seven years of imprisonment, he came to the reserve to recover. Cathedral of the Wild is Varty's memoir of his life in this exquisite and vast refuge. At Londolozi, Varty gained the confidence that emerges from living in Africa. "We came out strong and largely unafraid of life," he writes, "with the full knowledge of its dangers." It was there that young Boyd and his equally adventurous sister learned to track animals, raised leopard and lion cubs, followed their larger-than-life uncle on his many adventures filming wildlife, and became one with the land. Varty survived a harrowing black mamba encounter, a debilitating bout with malaria, even a vicious crocodile attack, but his biggest challenge was a personal crisis of purpose. An intense spiritual quest takes him across the globe and back again-to reconnect with nature and "rediscover the track." Cathedral of the Wild is a story of transformation that inspires a great appreciation for the beauty and order of the natural world. With conviction, hope, and humor, Varty makes a passionate claim for the power of the wild to restore the human spirit. Praise for Cathedral of the Wild "Extremely touching . . . a book about growth and hope."-The New York Times "It made me cry with its hard-won truths about human and animal nature. . . . Both funny and deeply moving, this book belongs on the shelf of everyone who seeks healing in wilderness."-BookPage "This is a gorgeous, lyrical, hilarious, import

Language:

English

Length:

8h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:36


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:05


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:45


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:35


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:13


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:10


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:24


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:35


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:37


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:23


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:19


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:16


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:27


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:15


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:27