4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Repetitive but ultimately fascinating,
This review is from: The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture (Hardcover)
This isn't at all the sort of thing I normally read but an extract in one of the Sundays caught my interest and I had to find out more about these boys' ordeal.
Despite the repetitive nature of some of the story - inevitable I guess, given their circumstances - it is gripping, and the atmosphere of the guerilla camp high up in the sweaty jungle is brilliantly captured. I suppose the fact that one knows that they must have escaped/been released/been rescued in order to survive to write the book reduces the tension somewhat, and I did find myself getting irritated with Winder's pessimism and self-pity and Hart Dyke's bumbling puppyish clumsiness. The writing is not of a high order, but hey! they're botanists and trekkers, not literary giants. That being said, it's a fascinating account - you really do feel you've lived through the whole nine months with them.