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Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie
Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie
4.0 out of 5 stars Tender and thoughtful, 31 Oct 2012
Sightlines is an exercise in looking at nature. Like its predecessor, "Findings", its primary fault is that it uses a transparent creative formula, however, the quality of the writing has sharpened and become denser since the first collection of essays Jamie published, and, in this sense, it feels stronger. If there is still a tendency to avoid the kind of earnestness that might deepen some of the thoughts touched on in the essays, there's none the less an attention to that which we can take for granted that in and of itself is a useful exercise. The finest pieces are those that unfold in prose-poems and in which the artifice of the structure of the essays becomes unpredictable - a… Read more
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century&hellip by Caspar Henderson
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
It's appropriate, in the case of Henderson's modern bestiary, that the book is both a thing of beauty and a challenge to our perception of beauty in nature. In an A to Z of some of the weird and wonderful creatures thrown up by the blind processes of evolution, Henderson has managed to turn his own curiosity about nature into a thought-provoking, complex expression of us and the rest of the earth. The breadth of research beggars belief and the use of marginalia to squeeze every ounce of information into the book is a playful and fascinating way of illuminating some of the ideas in the chapters. This is a book of delights to remind us why we should care about our increasingly imperilled… Read more
Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation by Rachel Cusk
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave and insightful, 20 Sep 2012
It's interesting to see that those inspired to write reviews about this are wholly, almost aggressively negative. Cusk clearly annoys and alienates readers not because she's a poor writer but because she unsettles them and tackles unpopular subjects.

The aftermath of a marriage is an absolutely valid subject for communication. She was careful to avoid any considerable direct discussion of the man from whom she was separating, and instead we are given a portrait of the ambivalence, self-absorption, confusion and distress of separation. It seems extraordinary to me that people react with such vehemence to this book and the reviews are unrepresentative of the actual quality of the… Read more

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