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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2002
I bought this book as a present for someone, and had a look through it before I wrapped it, and it really did capture my attention.
These trees are like mother nature's sculptures! Each one different, each one unique and very beautiful. The photography in the book is breath-taking and they really have caught the majesty of some of the most amazing trees in the World. Twisted and contorted, or tall and elegant, the range is wide and each tree shown in the book seems to have its own character. The description and history that goes with each picture is well written and expressive.
Sometimes, living in a big city it is easy to ignore the amazing things nature has created around us, but I am sure after looking through this book, you won't pass a tree again without looking at it and appreciating its beauty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The title of the book is very apt - remarkable trees indeed. If like me you are not nesessarily an obsessive nature lover but appreciate it then this book could be for you. The photographs are superb and the subject matter astounding. It's not unfair to say that I really have had my perceptions about the incredible beauty and majesty of trees changed forever. Thomas Pakenham also gives a history and biological tour of each tree photographed as well. Clearly he is a man in love of his subject and it shines through. I can guarantee that if you leave this book on a coffee table any friends you have over will pick it up and find it hard to put down regardless of their love or not of nature. Well recommended.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2002
This book is a must for people who appreciate the various types of trees there are in the world. This book is wonderfully presented and captures so many diverse trees - the book is certainly one to keep and also give as gifts. It has made me look twice at the trees that I pass each day. This book makes one realise just how many different types of trees there are on this planet, many of which have outlived several generations and must be protected for many years to come. Buy it and see for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A super hardback book.

If you like trees buy it.

Superbly illustrated with lots of photographs.

Provides a fascinating and hugely interesting story of lots of very distinctive and impressive trees.
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on 2 January 2013
An amazing book of pictures of the worlds most fantastic trees, both in terms of their impressive size but also in their qualities and characteristics. The quality of the paper though did not fully do justice to the awesome trees, withe the photos being produced on cheap paper with a cheap facade. Don't let this stop you from getting this book, but have your expectations prepared in line with the affordability.
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on 8 January 2014
Bought this book as a Christmas present for my husband and I simply could not put it down! I can only agree with all the reviews here that this is a very special book. Beautifully illustrated and so well researched. I would recommend this book highly - not just for tree lovers either.
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on 21 June 2013
A beautiful coffee table book that i will turn to again and again. I bought it to go with the author's previous book, Meetings with Remarkable Trees and i was not disappointed. Magical stuff.
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on 6 April 2011
I was thrilled with this book, a wonderful addition to the family bookcase, great for browsing through on a cold rainy day!
Would make a splendid gift.
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on 2 March 2014
This was a present but I started to read it and found it fascinating. It is well researched ,well illustrated and beautifully presented
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 January 2011
This book is a follow-up to Meetings With Remarkable Trees, which told the story of the author's search for huge and old trees in the British Isles. Pakenham is heir to the Longford family, with ancestral lands in Ireland; as such, he grew up with an unusual relationship with the ancient trees on the estate, planted by his ancestors. His love affair with trees has now taken him round the world, to find individuals of extraordinary power in the vegetable world.

The trees are viewed according their character, not from any geographical or botanic viewpoint. Each entry is like an interview with a star; the portraits are accompanied by reverent, awestruck descriptions. This could make the book sound a bit twee - except the trees are so huge, old, tall, gnarled and full of character that we, too, are awestruck by them. The photographs are amongst the most atmospheric I have ever seen; often it is as if we could reach out and touch the tree, or feel the mountain wind in our ears.

This is a life-affirming book to drool over when you are feeling out of sorts with the world; it will do you good and put things back in perspective. It would be a wonderful gift for someone who has been ill, or is stuck in the city. A word of warning; do not be tempted by inexpensive paperback reprints. This is a book to get in hardback.
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