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A Book Worth Reading Again and Again.
on 28 November 2017
I've just completed a reading of this book for the second time, as I had returned to it after having read the author's 'The Old Ways and 'Landmarks'. For me 'The Wild Places' remains Macfarlane's best work and perhaps I prefer it to the other books I mention because it has a certain simplicity and is certainly less 'wordy' than the other titles I mention. The authors journeys to wild places in Britain and Ireland are beautifully described, as are the effects each have upon him, and it is wonderful to progress through the pages and note the changes in perception he has of what 'wild' really is. You really do feel that this change of perception was brought about by the author's human relationships and the relationship with his surroundings and that it wasn't just an additional after thought to add interest to the book. Details of the author's relationship and regard for the late Roger Deakin added much to the book, not least poignancy. The book deals with humankind's negative effects upon the planet, but nevertheless I finished the book feeling positive. A great work which is thought
provoking, inspiring and a damn good read.