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Well, it's not that good...
on 23 August 2007
After reading the uncritical praise heaped on 'Wildwood', I had to try and take a more measured approach to try and balance things out. Don't get me wrong, I loved Deakin's previous book, where he seemed incapable of putting a word out of place, and everything was relevant to the central premise.
Here, I could have quite happily missed out 150-200 pages from the middle and not blinked. Oh, for the benefit of hindsight.
In this middle part, Deakin wanders around central Europe, adding nothing to what has gone before, making no impression on what is to follow...Look, its worth reading, after Deakin's sad death last year I recommend people get hold of what they can, but don't expect the masterpiece everyone thinks it is.
Jay Griffith's 'Wild', now thats much better...