The Seasons: An Elegy for the Passing of the Year Hardcover – 21 Nov 2013
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Groom's enthusiasm is hard to resist, and his garnering of folklore and customs that, for centuries, guided life through the changing seasons bulges with fascination. --John Carey, Sunday Times
Wonderful and timely --Philip Hoare, Independent
It's no exaggeration to say that this is a volume I have been waiting for all my life... I love Nick Groom's passionate plea for us to be aware of traditional connections between human lives, the seasons and the natural world. He provides a cornucopia of knowledge, and an inspirational call to awareness... This is a rich celebration of traditions and a plea for them not to be forgotten. --Bel Mooney, Daily Mail
Beguiling... Unexpectedly fascinating --Spectator
If you want to learn about the political, religious and aesthetic imperatives that have shaped the calendar, and consider how we can remain connected to them, then you'll find The Seasons stimulating. It offers far more than trivia and contains details that demand to be shared. --Max Liu, Independent
A heartfelt exploration of the connections between the seasons and England's traditions and folklore brims with fascinating revelations. --Readers Digest
A wonderful, and timely, celebration of the passing seasons and their significance, past, present and future. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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on 5 May 2017
Some excellent passages, but the feeling of the scholarship weighing heavily upon the text is rather tiresome. I prefer an author with a lighter touch, one who gives the reader just as many facts, who's knowledge is just as great, but with a gentler touch, almost "en passant".
on 9 April 2015
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A mighty fine read. Not a light read, mind you, but if you're willing to persevere you'll find it packed full of fascinating miscelleny and amusing anecdotes. Extensive notes, bibiography and index sections are present, but odd that they didn't include a calendar summarizing the dates and festivals described in the text. Still, the book is well structured, with a chapter per month and further chapters on the historical background of our calendar and the year's major festivals. The book serves as a sobering reminder of how much our increasingly homogenized and urbanized society is in the process of losing.
on 9 January 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is not a book to be read lightly. It is a very interesting almost academic work but has the redeeming feature that many of the quotes can be passed by without losing the thread of the book. A great argument for
a distinctive Englishness. A good read.
a distinctive Englishness. A good read.
on 20 August 2015
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Absolutely stuffed to the gills with information, both historical and anecdotal, about the seasons and their changing character over the course of a year and indeed the course of myth, religion and common sense. Thoroughly recommended reading.
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This is both thought-provoking and strangely practical. In these times we need to look at our past mistakes to understand our future. Nick provides this in spades.Read more
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