M. Walker

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (121 of 139)
Location: Lampeter, Wales


Top Reviewer Ranking: 828,972 - Total Helpful Votes: 121 of 139
The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Ans&hellip <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fear-Excruciating-Therein-Lies-Answer/dp/artist-redirect/B003BOVVUA">Red Sparowes</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Having previously enjoyed 'at the soundless dawn' and 'every red heart shines toward the red sun', I had high hopes. Unfortunately, this album doesn't really live up to the achievements of their previous work. Red Sparowes seem to have lost some of the darkness and foreboding that is so well expressed in their early work, and their sound seems far less...epic. There are parts of this album that sound very much like This Will Destroy You, which isn't necessarily a good thing.

The main problem with this album seems to be that they have strayed some way from the formula that has made their music so appealing. There seems to be less narrative cohesion across the album (which is… Read more
A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland
A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity missed, 4 Nov 2009
It seems a shame that a subject so full of potential and nuance as silence, has really gone begging in this work. My reasons for disliking this book are fundamentally to do with her complete lack of intellectual rigour. Her life - and exploration - of silence is almost entirely based on a self-serving, high-maintenance mix of spirituality and creativity. Her explorations of different types of silence are at times interesting and relevant, but as with much of her writing in this book, it frequently becomes digressive to the point of painful prolixity. She also constantly employs her own version of faux-academic discussion, which she is incapable of reinforcing with even a modicum of… Read more
River Map by Jim Perrin
River Map by Jim Perrin
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The synopsis and 5 star review of this book are certainly accurate, but in this review I must stress a different point of view.

This is most certainly a book about a spiritual journey, and a philosophical one inspired by writers, poets and philosophers. It is also a book purportedly about nature, or it has been descibed as nature writing. This is only true so far as it seeks to conform to an idea of a literary tradition. In truth this book, and Perrin's style, are deeply problematic. I found that it was far too personal, it dwelt too long on one man's narrow and compromised view of nature, and the way he placed those views onto it. There is also an assumption of spirituality… Read more

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