Silent Spring Author:Rachel Carson Reading Rachel Carson's books, one has the feeling that she is forever embarked on a voyage of discovery. As a professional writer she uses words to reveal the poetry - which is to say the essential truth and meaning - at the core of any scientific fact. As a trained scientist she has never lost the poet's sense of wonder. — The interests she w... more »as later to combine so successfully were foreshadowed even in early childhood - the desire to write and an abiding love of the world of nature. In college she specialized in english composition, then coming under a spell of biology, she took her degree in that subject and continued graduate work at John Hopkins University, where she studied genetics and development under JS Jennings and worked in the laboratories of geneticist Raymond Pearl. From 1936 until 1952 she was on the staff of the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a biologist and editor. Meanwhile, her own literary career had begun: an article in the ATLANTIC let to her first book, UNDER THE SEA WOND (1941). Ten years later came THE SEA AROUND US. Between one spring tide and the next, she had become world famous. The book was on the best seller list for 86 weeks and was eventually translated into 30 languages.
In all her work, Rachel Carson's basic interest has been the relationship of life to its environment. Since 1958 she has collected data from scientists all over the world about the dangerous effects of deadly poisons, especially in the form of synthetic insecticides, on the living community. The result is SILENT SPRING - a courageous revelation of the forces that modern man has brought into being in his ruthless war on life, an eloquent protest in behalf of all nature, a protest in behalf of life.« less
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was a very fascinating novel. It is the "Environmental Bible" and started the environmental conservation movement.She directly focuses on the issue of DDT and other toxic chemicals that are used as pesticides and insecticides. Carson states how we, as humans, have caused many of the problems that Earth has encountered. Many organisms are no longer in existence because of our decisions and actions. I really enjoy how she gives a plethora of examples for each topic. Each chapter focuses on a cause of the environmental issues as well as the effects. I also enjoy her choice in the title of the novel. The first chapter is short and sweet; she speaks of birds that are no longer in existence or no longer living in that particular area and states how it was a silent spring. You learn a lot from her novel and if you're interested in environmental issues and even chemistry this book is vital to your studies. Overall, the book was good. However there were a few minor things I did not care much for. She was quite repetitious at times and got into depth a bit too much. I also felt that the book sort of lacked a plot which made itdifficult to stay focused. Other than that, Silent Spring is a brilliant novel and Rachel Carson deserves big time kudos for her excellent job in reshaping many people's views of the environment.