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Modern Nature: The Journals of Derek Jarman Paperback – 7 May 1992

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (7 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099116316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099116318
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's hard not to warm to the man who, in the face of all the personal and professional hardships descriped in this book, can still regard himself as 'the most fortunate film-maker of my generation'" (Guardian)

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‘It is a marvellous, moving book and should be at the top of the lists for the year’ Sunday Telegraph

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Custard Fancier on 1 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
My favourite Jarman book; lyrical, poetic, but also subtly subversive and radical. Not as in your face as, say, At Your Own Risk, but in the delicately and beautifully crafted prose on everything from a Kent shingle garden to nights on Hampstead Heath, Saint Derek's passion shines through.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Flora on 4 Jan. 2011
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I bought this book as I wanted to know more about the process of his garden making and how he lived with it and how he regarded the landscape around him.
I was not disappointed. This book is fantastic and rivals many fine garden writings, as well as being deeply moving regarding his attachment to the place and the necessary trips to hospital that he made due to his ailing health.
I loved it and could not put it down.
Like when I read 'The Garden', I felt I wished I'd known more of him, and I reveled in the acuity and clarity of his observations.
This is a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo Italy on 13 Jun. 2014
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This is the second of Jarman's books that I've read, following "Chroma", which I adored. "Modern Nature" covers the years of '89 and '90, finishing with Jarman facing debilitating health challenges. As with the other events encountered in his life, he continued to be curious, attentive, selfless and, unsurprisingly, his sense of humour remained 100% intact!
It was such a "readable" account, and I couldn't wait to pick it up again and continue to immerse myself in Derek's world. At times, I found myself laughing out loud, at others, on the verge of tears. This is not only a book about Jarman, but a treasury of information about plants, art, literature.
I wonder what he would've made of our world, 20 years on (he died in '94).....he is sorely missed, if only there were more like him.
I can't recommend this enough, do yourself a favour and enter this world of wonder.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By clapson@bigfoot.com on 29 Sept. 2000
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When Derek Jarman died he left a wonderful legacy in these journals that he published. Modern Nature offers not only an insight in to the thinkings of this truly renaissance man (he was a successful film-maker, artist and theatre designer).It also offered a chance to explore some of the tribulations that he passed through as a gay man, who came to have AIDS.
This is wonderful testimony from a man that must not be forgotten.
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