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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite nice, but too expensive, 23 Dec 2011
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This review is from: A Year in the Woods: The Diary of a Forest Ranger (Kindle Edition)
Given that it comprises a series of very short and largely unconnected journal entries, it helps that this is quite a short book. The narrative, such as it is, is created by grouping the anecdotes into months and probably wouldn't sustain a longer version, but perhaps there are other reasons for its brevity. Elford doesn't seem to have very much to say and his anecdotes are mostly about stalking and shooting deer. The other tasks of a forest ranger appear marginal in his account, although perhaps this just means that deer-culling is mostly what forest rangers do. Elford writes well enough and his descriptions evoke something of the solitude of his work and of the delight he takes in living close to nature without becoming sentimental.

Looking at this as a rounded package, I have to comment on the fairly steep price for what my Kindle reports as a 167-page book, not the 204 pages promised by its listing on Amazon. It also suffers the 'large font' glitch that seems to afflict about 20% of the Kindle books I have bought, which means the minor inconvenience of having to change the font size up and down when switching between this and other books. Aside from this, only the 'dessicated needles on bare ground' (p108) and Elford's wish to 'transverse an area [he] hardly frequent[s]' (p112) speak of the woeful standard of proofing I have come to expect of Kindle books. At the time of writing the Kindle version is, by the way, almost a pound more expensive than the paperback.

In summary, a fairly engaging read that would be reasonable value at half the price.
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