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4.0 out of 5 stars Much Quiet Enjoyment, 14 Feb 2011
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This review is from: On Trying To Keep Still (Paperback)
Accompanied by the writings of Montaigne, Defoe, St. Augustine, Nietzsche and others, Jenny Diski asks herself questions such as 'What is the point?' and 'What happens when nothing happens?' as she travels about in her own head (keeping still) in a year of staying in New Zealand, on an isolated farm in the Quantock Hills, and herding reindeer in Northern Sweden. Her writing is full of vitality and wit, so I enjoyed the trip. There is a raw honesty about her observations of people, situations and her idiosyncratic responses to them. The chapters have titles such as 'On being far away,' 'On getting where you are going,' and 'On movement and stillness,' yet I was left wanting to go and travel with the Sami in Sweden (though maybe without the freezing night in the tent) and to sample thick reindeer slices roasted on birch twig skewers over a roaring fire, and washed down with lingonberry juice.
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On Trying To Keep Still by Jenny Diski (Paperback - 1 Mar 2007)
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