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Story of Yew Hardcover – 22 Apr 2001
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"Like the classic Watership Down it provokes the imagination as well as the emotions ... hard to resist." --"The Sunday Tribune"
This is the story of Yew and because her story becomes entwined with humankind, it is also the story of you which aims to stand out in contrast with the alternative and complementary works on health written over the 20th century, because of its basis in both modern science and traditional learning.See all Product description
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23 February 2002
It is odd that books like this one would still be written nowadays. It is new, indeed, a great novelty. I can't think of any other book told by a tree, except for children's books, but that's nothing next to this one. And yet, it is old. Old in the sense that I have felt, whilst reading it, the two millennia of life of this matriarch of a tree; old in the sense that it is so well done, it reminds of the approach to art the old masters had: perfect craftsmanship, and a genuine love for their subject. Read it, and I suspect you will agree.
19 October 2002
The reviews I read here intrigued me. I ordered the book, and was not disappointed. "The Story of Yew" is delicious, and quite simply unmissable. The range of experiences and emotions, from the mundane to the sublime, is stunning. The writing is terse and yet poetic, and the knowledge behind the entire text, vast and unerring. A book I have loved and look forward to re-reading many times in the future.
7 December 2002
This book has changed my life. I had always thought I loved concrete, asphalt, even smog, in this city-cage I live in. Now I understand that I had never understood anything. That everything surrounding me is made by hands, and therefore--how much might it have to say to me? Trees, I have learned, think, wage war, make love; they live, at least the yew, thousands of years... They harvest the sun, have no central organs. In a world dominated buy the brain, the male sexual organ, and matter, reading THE STORY OF YEW, wandering inside the age-old tree's sap and tissues, has been like entering another dimension. And yet, it is not another world. It is, simply, the world we have managed to erase with our cities. A world I will rediscover.
22 November 2002
A fortnight ago, a friend was telling me that everything has already been written, and nothing new can be created. Well, THE STORY OF YEW eloquently contradicts her. A two-thousand-year old yew tree, and a female at that, telling her autobiography! And with such balance between fable, history, folklore, and botanical accuracy. This book is a marvel. I recommend it wholeheartedly to all of you, even the sceptics who think nothing different and new can be created nowadays.
3 August 2001
Animalia or inanimalia? By the end of this book, I was convinced the old yew tree had - and has - a soul. We must reappraise our assumptions, and this book charmingly leads us in the right direction. Utterly lovely.
5 May 2001
Isn't it rare these days to pick up a book and be unable to put it down? I got this book in my hands, had to go to dinner, but was so engrossed that I skipped dinner, and continued to read till I was done. And then, for my further joy, there is an Appendix which explains how this gem of originality was conceived. Quite an adventure, it seems. I love it, and recommend it from the heart. Well done.
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Nature, myth and fantasy. I could not put this book down. I will never be able to look at trees and nature in the same way again. A great read for young and old alike.
This is the most enchanting book I've read in my life. I could not put it down, and am sure that it will become a cult book. Simply marvellous.