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While chapters are beautifully written there is little cohesion between chapters holding the ...
on 26 March 2016
I found this a bit of a hard slog at times. While chapters are beautifully written there is little cohesion between chapters holding the whole book together. The book begins well with Roger describing time in his own house and lands, but as it goes on the chapters have little to do with each other past the odd mention of trees. Some chapters describe the wood and landscape in detail, others go on tangents. Reading other reviews I see Roger died before this was released, which is a pity as there is material for an excellent book, but it seems to of missed out on a stage of editing to bring it all together and remove the chaff. The chapters at the beginning and end where he is based in England were the most engaging for me. But there is a whole series of jaunts abroad making up the middle section which lost me. The trips through Australia and Russia had some nuggets, but on the whole I felt were fairly self indulgent travelogues. This book has received almost universally positive reviews, which I reckon is because the only people to finish and review it were people who loved it. I reckon the majority of people will probably leave off reading half way through and never review. But as I am stubborn I persisted to the end. There were lovely sections describing woodland in this book, but I wouldn't recommend unless you have a glut of time on your hands.