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Fresh Woods, Pastures New (Nature Classics Library) Paperback – 30 Mar 2012
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There are at least two aspects of these books that make them stand out from other similar "country childhood" books. The first is the voice of the author and the second is the structure of the books.
In terms of voice, the author often addresses the reader directly - "Let me take you to the far pasture". I found this a little distracting at first as these sentences seemed take me by surprise - they often bobbed up when I was least expecting them.
And this element of surprise may have been caused by the second aspect of the books - their structure. There are no chapters in either of the books - the prose just rolls on and on.
As you may be able to tell this is where I get to the "however" part of the review.
The chapterless structure seemed to encourage a rather rambling approach - with places that we had visited before coming back to the fore again and again. While this may be a realistic way to portray childhood wanderings, with favorite places revisited time and time again, it does lead to a sort of "I've been here before" feeling in parts of the book.
The thing that rescues this book is the quality of the writing and the depth of the observation.
Did I find going back to the same places a few time a bit annoying? - yes.
Did this detract from my overall enjoyment of the book? - a little.
But would I still recommend the book? - yes I would.
Read, enjoy and take chapter breaks whenever the urge takes you!