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Holloway by Robert Macfarlane
Holloway by Robert Macfarlane
17 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A little book about sunken lanes could be really interesting, but this one is, in my opinion, totally spoiled by the writer's pretentious, self-indulgent approach. Do you really expect a book about country lanes to include words like 'recusant', 'pinguid' and 'amphidromic'? Pinguid, by the way, simply means fat, and he uses it to describe the trunks of some trees. I mean, for goodness sake. And 'amphidromic' isn't even in the Chambers Dictionary (just about the biggest single-volume English dictionary there is). It turns out to be a word describing ocean a book about country lanes.

The structure is rambling and shapeless. He starts off by describing how he and a friend… Read more