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Wild Places Paperback – 7 Jul 2008
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Robert Macfarlane is an extraordinary writer. He manages to write very lyrical prose without going over the top. He writes take-your-breath-away sentences that enhance, rather than detract from, his more straightforward prose.
The Wild Places chronicles his search for wild places in the British Isles, where some believe there are no wild places left. As Macfarlane seeks out and visits these wild places, he examines our relationship with the places. Almost everywhere he goes, there is evidence or stores of the people who have been there before him. At the same time, he starts to see the wild in the most unlikely of places, appearing in the cracks, crevices and forgotten spaces of our built environment.
In the end, his journey fundamentally changes his idea of what a "wild place" is.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I'll certainly be reading Macfarlane's other books.
There is something about it that just says "and you could do this too!" As he wanders the British Isles in search of truly wild places, he discovers things about the world and himself in the process, and for anyone that has ever felt that they need a bit more wildness in your soul a lot of what he says will resonate with you.
It's an absolutely brilliant book, an adventure in itself, and I doubt that anyone that reads it will be able to stay indoors for long while doing so. I read it while camping in different wild areas of Scotland, and it made me go out for wanders and walks in places that I may otherwise have been afraid of doing, it's that inspirational. Read it, you won't regret it!
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