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This review is from: West Kennet Long Barrow: Landscape, Shamans and the Cosmos (Paperback)
I really wanted to like this book as West Kennet Long Barrow is a wonderful place that i visit often and have done for many years. Peter Knight is obviously a great enthusiast and like me has a love of the Land in the area. The book though comes over as a mish mash of other peoples ideas (which he does acknowledge) and his gushing comments such as "Nice one Paul!" in response to a Paul Devereux quote and "Touche Terence" when referring to a Terence Meaden quote. Its all very irritating and reads like a long schoolboy essay. I dont doubt for one minute that people experience many different effects in the Barrow (a friend of mine was one such person)but the way they are presented in the book without discretion makes you wonder what exactly the point is of detailing them all. When he gets on to discussions of channelling and crop circles i was all but ready to stop reading.
I dont know what i was expecting from the book if im honest. I do not like reading "dry" academic tomes with no soul but neither do i like reading new age, gushing indiscrimant texts such as this. I still feel the best way to approach sacred areas such as WKLB is with a clear, discriminatory mind and an open heart and let whatever the Land has to offer speak to you.
I feel the book is a missed opportunity in some respects but i cannot fault the authors enthusiasm.
One final point; crop formations appear near to prehistoric sites because the folk who make the formations put them there and they do in fact enhance the beauty and sacredness of the Land but just like The Barrow itself, they are human creations.