About eight years ago, I first read this book in Japanese. Then I felt that the passages were beautiful and slightly sublime. Since then, I've been interested in how I feel them in Engligh.
It was a little pity that this book has very few photographs of night. As Linda Lear wrote in the introduction, ‘nocturnal’ is a keyword of Carson's sense of wonder, I suppose. When I read this book for the first time, it reminded me of the atmosphere of night. That feeling overrapped the passages and made them more attractive. Having this experience, I associate The Sense of Wonder with night. So I didn't expect that this book has no night picture.
When I read the phrase, ‘it is not half so important to know as to feel it’, I would like to lie down on the ground to see the sky. And I'd like to talk to anyone I want to.