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This review is from: Red Sky at Night: The Book of Lost Country Wisdom (Hardcover)The book is hardback with a printed non-glossy dust jacket, it is 287 pages long, with 8 pages of index and no bibliography. Almost every third page has a small drawing of something related to the current subject matter. These are all of reasonable quality, but do seem to cut down on the amount of information given, you kind of get the feeling they may be "fillers" just to bulk the content up a bit. Each chapter has its own title page that has a monotone copy of the front cover accompanied by a small anecdote, quote or poem pertinent to the chapter at hand.
I had high hopes for the book based on its title and foreword (which I read in the bookshop) but it has been a huge disappointment and has failed to live up to even one of the expectations I had for it. The book attempts to cram in enough things to catch the eye of almost anyone. Bee-Keeping, Thatching, Dry Stone Walling, Brewing, Quilt Making, Flower Pressing are all mentioned and given their own "section". But as these sections are rarely anything more than two or three paragraphs describing what something is there is no real information on how to do anything. In trying to be all things to all people the book, in my opinion, falls woefully short in almost every way. There might be one or two snippets of information that you could glean from a full reading, but I doubt they will be of any use outside of a Pub Quiz Night.
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Initial post: 12 Jan 2011 21:30:05 GMT
G. Robson says:
I couldn't agree more. This is a thoroughly disappointing book, and I would hazard a guess that the author was more than a little slack on the research front! This is certainly not filled with "Lost Country Wisdom" and most definitely NOT an "indispensable guide to countryside lore".
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