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2.0 out of 5 stars Feeble musings on pathways, 12 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (Paperback)
Robert Macfarlane wanders aimlessly along some old paths and writes about his experiences in a relentlessly mild tone. There is not a single angry or sharp word directed at anyone or anything but a continuous yearning for the unattainable past. The most exciting things that happen are that the author falls off his mountain bike, and later he is scared in the dark by screeching owls. The trouble is that he frequently references great walking writers of the past such as Edward Thomas and George Borrow, thus inviting comparison with them and disappointment with his own lack of either poetry or ideas. This book got lots of good reviews in the newspapers in 2013 so I bought it - conclusion: the author is a thoroughly nice person and has lots of friends in the literary community.
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Initial post: 8 May 2014 22:25:11 BDT
And even the cycling catastrophe (The Old Ways: A Journey by Bike?) is shrugged off nonchalantly. Do we infer heroism or complete lack of feeling?
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