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Very interesting but not fully fledged,
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This review is from: Deep Country: Five Years in the Welsh Hills (Kindle Edition)
I was interested to read this book because I have spent months alone in a remote natural place; months, not years I am aware... and so was interested to know of Ansell's observations and reflections with him having taken the the experience to the 'extreme'. There are some beautifully observed incidents in this book and it is well written. There is no doubt that Ansell has observed the natural world very closely and has written about it tenderly. But a number of things troubled me - there are just too many tracts on birds- yes it is interesting and part of his experience, but the core of the book loses its way. I kept starting a new chapter and found myself wanting more than just bird sightings, bird observations and bird reflections. He seems to miss the 'human' element of the story: he touches on it but doesn't fully develop it. I find it fascinating what happens to the human mind and where it goes when you are totally alone. Also - the everyday living with no electricity, carrying fuel in, cutting wood - there's a whole perspective here which needs fleshing out more fully. It's a charming story and I enjoyed reading it and it stayed with me - but I simply felt that it wasn't developed as fully as it could have been. Perhaps Ansell felt that his own story wasn't the story - he makes the point that his mind went outwards. However, I wanted to know more and I was left with questions.
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2012 09:32:40 GMT
I normally like people driven fiction, however this is wildlife driven non fiction. It is brilliant, beautiful and I wonder if it is your expectations that lead you to feel like something is missing. It isn't about him, it's about what's around him, you learn about him from what he observes. In a time when people are crucifying themselves on the cross of 'celebrity' and self exposure this is the opposite.
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