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This review is from: Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl (Hardcover)
This IS an outstanding book...my personal issue [and i emphasise it is personal, with no demerit on the author's fine effort]is that the author cannot decide what kind of book it wants to be: travelogue, memoir, natural history [belies the title], scientific paper, parable. It tries to be all and unsatisfactorily for the reader it is none of the above. I will be deliberately vague here: I have family who were directly involved in this tragedy; Chernobyl needs to be taught as an object lesson in modernity throughout the world (by goodness, if we cannot learn from this then we deserved to be damned). This book is a sampler, a disorganised overture. We need the sypathetic symphony. Facinating but flawed.