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Coming back to the text more than a dozen tumultuous years later, I believe its premises hold up. Solnit reminds us of how changed the world has been by the activism of the past five decades. I’m not a good writer That which we work for today may never come to pass, but our job is to join with others and do the work anyway – with courage, creativity, passion and pleasure – and never stop believing no matter what the news says.

A note from the author: Rebecca Solnit is an American author who often writes on the environment, politics, place, and art. Solnit gives a powerful counterpoint, drawing on a wide range of examples and writers – including Borges, to my delight. W Its hard for me to exaggerate how important I feel this book is and how personally relevant it was for me to read it right now.

Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists.

Foreword to ‘Hope in the Dark’ by Rebecca Solnit

We tje not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same, and history is full of people whose influence was most powerful after they were gone. The fight against Black Mesa was a totemic struggle for indigenous sovereignty and environmental justice; inthe mines were shut down, and the issue disappeared from the conversation. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Some activists are afraid that if we acknowledge victory, people will give up the struggle. Especially when she mentioned climate change?

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This is a book to give you not just hope but zest for the battles ahead. This audiobook fit in nicely as I finish up Coretta Scott King’s book. Bush was still in office, the Iraq war still going, all hell breaking loose, but her vision is larger.

Oct 11, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Widow Basquiat Jennifer Clement. Literary and progressive America is in a Solnit moment, which given her endless talent should last a very long time. Hope is a radical choice; a choice necessary to overcome the crises facing our ths.

In the darkness lies possibility. This is a book which is above all charming and wise, and while I did draw in my breath, sharply at her enumeration of certain election victories and delayed oil pipelines, seeing now some years later that none of these was permanent and maybe not much to celebrate in the first place but from her kinder perspective I had a sense that a change of government due to the content of ballot boxes is itself something huge and bigger still in certain countries in which this has not yet become an established habit and considering the advantages that oil companies have at their disposal, even delaying them is an achievement.

For me, it struck just the right combination of imparting scholarly information about revolts and inspiring quotes from the author and many others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Apr 03, Mehrsa rated it really liked it. The “subject” doesn’t matter. None of the changes were inevitable, either—people fought for them and won them.


Times are moving way to fast, but still a good listen. If there is one thing we can draw from where we are now and where we were then, it is that the unimaginable is ordinary, that the way forward is almost never a straight line you can glance down but a convoluted path of surprises, gifts, and afflictions you prepare for by accepting your blind spots as well as your intuitions.

Over and over again, her retelling of a story allowed me to reframe a story of my own, personal and public. Despite all the obstacles, we must not lose sight of the fact profound transformation is possible.

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Jul 02, Rachel rated it it was ok Shelves: This new, significantly expanded edition covers, among other things, the political territory of America and the world after George Bush’s re-election. A haven for bookworms and tea connoisseurs alike. It is a crab scuttling sideways.

View all 18 comments. And, unlike so many who write about the great injustices of this world, she is an optimist, whose faith is deeply grounded in a knowledge of history.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be dqrk.