El libro de la madera: A Journey Through the Woods with Lars Mytting
El libro de la madera: A Guide to Wood, Fire and Survival in the Forests by Lars Mytting
If you are looking for a book that will inspire you to reconnect with nature, learn about the ancient and universal relationship between humans and fire, and discover the secrets of wood, fire and survival in the forests, then you should read El libro de la madera: Una vida en los bosques by Lars Mytting.
El libro de la madera: Una vida en los bosques (Spanish Edition) Lars Mytting
This book, which has already had an echo in the whole world, reminds us that there will always be a new winter. It is a unique book, a surprising bestseller and a global phenomenon, winner of the British Book Industry Award for the Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year.
Who is Lars Mytting?
Lars Mytting is a Norwegian writer who worked as a journalist and editor before dedicating himself completely to writing. In 2006 he published his first novel, Hestekrefter, which was a sales success throughout Scandinavia, and in 2010 Vårofferet. El libro de la madera: Una vida en los bosques (Alfaguara, 2016, Book of the Year according to Cinco Días) sold more than 300,000 copies only in Sweden and was translated into more than twenty languages.
He is one of the great stars of Norwegian literature along with Karl Ove Knausgård, and he has put Norwegian literature in the focus of readers. He is also an expert on wood and fire, as he grew up in a farm surrounded by forests and learned from his grandfather how to chop and stack wood.
What is El libro de la madera about?
El libro de la madera: Una vida en los bosques is partly a guide on the best practices for the use of a renewable energy source; a manual of instructions that includes wise advice -for example, how to choose a husband according to the way he stacks wood-, and finally, an exercise of meditation on the human instinct of survival.
Lars Mytting conveys the teachings of experts and amateurs, amusing anecdotes and exciting life stories. He has visited the forests and stopped at the crossroads in search of the roar of the chainsaw. El libro de la madera: Una vida en los bosques begins with a man with an axe and ends with a corpse.
The book covers topics such as the history and culture of wood, the different types and qualities of wood, the best tools and techniques for cutting and splitting wood, the art of stacking wood, the science and chemistry of fire, the different types of stoves and fireplaces, and the benefits of wood for health and well-being.
Why should you read El libro de la madera?
You should read El libro de la madera: Una vida en los bosques because it is a book that will make you see wood and fire in a new light. It is a book that will teach you how to live in harmony with nature, how to appreciate the simple pleasures of life, how to prepare for the cold seasons, and how to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a good fire.
It is also a book that will entertain you with stories and anecdotes that range from humorous to tragic, from historical to personal, from scientific to poetic. It is a book that will make you feel part of a community of wood lovers around the world, who share a passion for this noble and essential material.
In short, it is a book that will enrich your mind, your soul and your body. It is a book that will make you want to grab an axe, go to the forest, chop some wood, stack it neatly, light a fire and read it again.
How to read El libro de la madera?
You can read El libro de la madera: Una vida en los bosques in different ways, depending on your interests and preferences. You can read it as a practical guide, as a historical and cultural exploration, as a personal memoir, or as a poetic meditation.
If you are interested in learning how to chop, split, stack and burn wood efficiently and safely, you can follow the detailed instructions and tips that Lars Mytting provides in the book. You can also learn about the different types of wood and their properties, the best tools and techniques for each task, and the optimal ways to store and season wood.
If you are curious about the history and culture of wood and fire, you can enjoy the fascinating stories and anecdotes that Lars Mytting shares in the book. You can learn about the origins and evolution of wood use in Scandinavia and other parts of the world, the myths and legends associated with wood and fire, the social and environmental implications of wood consumption, and the artistic and aesthetic expressions of wood and fire.
If you are looking for a personal memoir, you can relate to the experiences and emotions that Lars Mytting conveys in the book. You can discover how he grew up in a farm surrounded by forests, how he learned from his grandfather how to chop and stack wood, how he developed a passion for wood and fire, how he faced challenges and losses in his life, and how he found comfort and meaning in wood and fire.
If you are seeking a poetic meditation, you can immerse yourself in the beautiful language and imagery that Lars Mytting uses in the book. You can appreciate the subtle nuances and metaphors that he creates with wood and fire, the sensory descriptions that he offers of the forests and the flames, the philosophical reflections that he makes on life and death, and the spiritual insights that he reveals through wood and fire.
What are the benefits of wood and fire?
Wood and fire have many benefits for our health and well-being, as Lars Mytting explains in El libro de la madera: Una vida en los bosques. Wood is a natural and renewable resource that can provide us with heat, light and energy. Fire is a primal and powerful element that can stimulate our senses, emotions and imagination.
Some of the benefits of wood and fire are:
Wood is a carbon-neutral fuel that does not contribute to global warming. When wood is burned, it releases the same amount of carbon dioxide that it absorbed during its growth. Wood also helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by displacing fossil fuels.
Wood is a cheap and accessible fuel that can save us money and resources. Wood can be obtained from local sources, such as forests, farms or gardens, reducing the need for transportation and distribution. Wood can also be used for multiple purposes, such as cooking, heating or generating electricity.
Wood is a durable and versatile material that can be used for building, furniture or crafts. Wood has a high strength-to-weight ratio, making it suitable for structural applications. Wood also has a natural beauty and warmth, making it appealing for aesthetic purposes.
Fire is a source of comfort and coziness that can create a pleasant atmosphere in our homes. Fire can produce a soothing sound, a flickering light and a radiant heat that can relax our body and mind. Fire can also enhance our mood and social interactions, as it can foster intimacy, communication and bonding.
Fire is a catalyst for creativity and inspiration that can stimulate our brain and imagination. Fire can spark our curiosity, wonder and awe, as it can produce different shapes, colors and patterns. Fire can also ignite our passion, enthusiasm and motivation, as it can represent challenge, adventure and achievement.
How to enjoy El libro de la madera?
The best way to enjoy El libro de la madera: Una vida en los bosques by Lars Mytting is to read it in front of a fire, preferably made with wood that you have chopped and stacked yourself. This way, you can experience the book in all its dimensions: practical, historical, personal and poetic.
You can also enjoy the book by trying some of the activities and experiments that Lars Mytting suggests in the book. For example, you can:
Measure the moisture content of your wood with a hygrometer or a microwave oven.
Compare the burning qualities of different types of wood with a stopwatch or a thermometer.
Build your own woodshed or woodpile following the instructions and diagrams in the book.
Create your own fire art by using different materials and techniques to make fire sculptures or drawings.
Share your wood stories and fire memories with your friends or family around a fire.