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I have struggled recently with finding a way to bridge these two parts of my self the nature-loving, spontaneous part with the studious, hard-working, methodical part. Deakin offered hope that it was possible to do this. Throughou I am often apprehensive about reading nature writing because I am afraid that it won't hold my attention. Throughout "Wildwood" he connects prominent elements of society with the natural world as he has experienced it. I would have given this book five stars except that I think that it was written for a British audience and a few references were lost on me.
Neverless, I have learned to look at not only the natural world but also the built world in new ways. Definitely give this book a chance yourself. View 1 comment. Jul 15, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , the-natural-world.
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Once again, this book was a total inspiration. I now so want to go and find a little cabin somewhere in the midst of a wood so as to experience something of this man's wonder. I love this book so much! I haven't finished reading it yet, because I want to savour it gently and slowly. I'm a country woman, born on the egde of a wood, brought up on the edge of another - and I felt as if Roger Deakin was telling me things I'd always known but never articulated properly.
I have enjoyed exploring some of his themes - the woodcraft of David Nash, the painting of Mary Newcombe - I feel educated by the onw book. This is a book which has made me grow! I borrowed it from the libr I love this book so much! I borrowed it from the library, and have bought 2 copies for my sister and my son. I need to buy myself a copy - I can't be without this book in my house! Apr 09, Lori rated it really liked it. A great book, very detailed. The author takes you a very detailed journey with him through the woods, desert or wherever he is.
It was like an escape, I read it in winter and I felt like like I was right there with him looking at nature. Would highly recommend for any nature lover of trees and fauna. I hope to read another book he has also written. Robert Deakin's writing is wonderful. He makes the many subjects of wood and the woods so interesting, something that could easily have been very bland.
This book covers many aspects of wood and should be read more as a collection of essays rather than a running whole. Some of the chapters do follow a logical storytelling order, although others do not. Also take in mind that you won't find everything Deakin talks about to be interesting, he covers a wide array of subjects surrounding wood, and s Robert Deakin's writing is wonderful. Also take in mind that you won't find everything Deakin talks about to be interesting, he covers a wide array of subjects surrounding wood, and some things are just more interesting than others.
I would say I found the majority of the book very interesting, there were only a few chapters that didn't do it for me. The book contains a wide variety of genres, from travel log to very descriptive nature writing, to explanations on how certain woodworking is done. The chapters on wood in other countries outside of Britain were particularly interesting and gave a nice impression of the nature in places such as Kazakhstan. One of the things I loved about the book was all the references to literature and art, which gave me lots of inspiration on other things to read and lots of artwork I would love to get printed out and hang in my house.
Deakin's voice is like that of a knowledgable old friend with wonderful tales to tell. Another inspring read which falls in with other books I've read recently, with lots of references to self sustainability and the like. View all 4 comments.
Sep 06, Kate rated it did not like it Shelves: read-in , england , nature-writing , abandoned , essays. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the 'fifth element' -- as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls -- the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Europe, Kazakhstan, and Australia in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with trees.
Along the way, he ferrets out the mysteries of woods, detailing the life stories of the timber beams composing his Elizsabethan house and searching for the origin of the apple. Given this description, it should have been 5 stars plus. I'm a rabid environmentalist and nature writing and natural history is one of my favorite genres.
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But this one One of the essays I read was a reminiscence of his student days, and then a return to that area of New Forest; in both essays I wasn't able to connect with the subject. I struggled through pages without the least bit of inspiration or bonding, so decided to give it up. Reading that description from the book cover, I wonder if I threw in the towel too soon? Perhaps I should dip into the book further along What a wonderful journey into the world of trees and woods thanks to a brilliant writer! It is often the simplest of paragraphs that manages to capture the essence of the love affair many of us have with trees, and the magical places that forests and woods are.
Through his own experiences we are taken on a fascinating look at the ways in which trees enchant us all through art, woodcraft, literature and more. I'm off to hug a tree!! Mar 13, Luke rated it liked it. I don't know what I was expecting from this book. Maybe an insight into the mythological impact of woods and how they have shaped our culture and our way of life. Instead we have a sort of biography from a slightly odd old hippy who has a wooden railway carriage in his garden. The slightly make-shift nature of his house reflects the makeshift nature of the book, it flits from wood to wood and never really gets under the skin of the wood.
Neither is his life very interesting. He seems to be a bit I don't know what I was expecting from this book. He seems to be a bit halfway between the wood and the town, living as he did as a furniture maker, with his family seeming to be very much townies. You're seeing a slice of British countryside, but it's very much a middle class slice- hanging out with lepidopterists, sculptors, eco-house guys and makers of gardens.
Throughout I was asking myself- where is the real wood? What about yarrow and its association with death?
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Holly and its association with life? The poor coppicers who made their living from cultivating branches. Well, the later do make an appearance, largely as a historic curiosity. Apparently later in the book, he goes to woods overseas, but after around pages I couldn't bring myself to read anymore. If you want to read a good cultural analysis of woods without the boring biography element, I recommend "The New Sylva" instead.
Jun 22, Christopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , to-buy , nature. Not only is it fantastically well written, but it is such a simple and honest book about the pleasures of the woodlands, and of the experience of being in and around trees. For a seemingly limited topic, he covers a remarkable amount of ground, literally in some cases; visiting walnut forests in Kazakhstan, picking bush-plums with Aborigines in Australian outback, and even visiting the wood veneer production at the Jaguar factory in Coventry, UK.
A wonderful, gentle, life-affirming book, made bittersweet by the death of the author, Roger Deakin, shortly after he finished writing it. Dec 31, Ashy rated it really liked it.
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It reminded me of knowledge I already have and taught me interesting new things, and was a nice relaxed book to read gradually. There was the odd part that I skimmed over, but largely there was something about each chapter that caught my interest and kept me reading. The main reason for skimming was that I have a pile of books waiting and it has taken me three months to read this book, though it is not ridiculously long, I have just been slow. There are some lovely parts in this book that allowed me to relive feelings of being outdoors in a way that I rarely am these days and that was lovely.
I would read more of his writing, as he has an easy, sometimes amusing, yet informative style. Oct 04, Sonya rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This was probably my favourite read this year. It was akin, to me, of curling up in your dad's lap as a child, while he drones on about things that he adores that to you are simultaneously fascinating and mind-numbingly boring. And, like a dad, he is given to repeating parts of stories you've already heard. I really took my time reading this, because I haven't wanted it to end, and I think the book demands it. Deakin describes woodland scenes--which I think I for one take for granted--with a pai This was probably my favourite read this year.
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Deakin describes woodland scenes--which I think I for one take for granted--with a painstaking level of detail that really made me think about my suburban nonchalance about "trees" and "bugs. I'm definitely going to find my own copy for re-reading. Jul 21, Shriram Sivaramakrishnan rated it it was amazing. How shall I begin reviewing.. Once in a while generally our lifetime , we come across a book that would literally change the world that we inhabit.
It makes us question the very assumptions upon which we've based our life. Wildwood, to me, is one such! Never have I come across such a book on nature writing. In essence, it is about Wood, rather the imagination called Wood, in our lives. Here is a person who had lived where wood lived, not where the d How shall I begin reviewing.. Here is a person who had lived where wood lived, not where the dead one is decorated into furniture. The proficiency of his language elevates it to mystical levels. Unfortunately, he is not with us anymore. Simply put, I just didn't want this book to finish.
Dec 31, Bruce Hatton rated it really liked it Shelves: autobiography. Roger Deakin's second nature book explores the enduring fascination for what he calls the "fifth element". The mythical and mystical nature of woodland and the use of wood in architecture, furniture and artworks. His descriptions of the different national attitudes to woodland put me in mind of Simon Scharma's "Landscape And Memory", particularly concerning the historical and legendary impo Roger Deakin's second nature book explores the enduring fascination for what he calls the "fifth element".
His descriptions of the different national attitudes to woodland put me in mind of Simon Scharma's "Landscape And Memory", particularly concerning the historical and legendary importance of such places. As in his other books, Deakin's knowledge of nature, history and literature is very impressive and informative.
Aug 14, Richard rated it it was amazing. I just reread this book and it's a joy. Dowd of A. But it is trying very hard for something more, some enigma that exists above and beyond it all. Rare is the movie that is preceded by its own making-of documentary Adam Driver leads the cast as Toby, an advertising director who seeks inspiration in the small village in which he once shot a student film. There he finds the Spanish shoe-maker who played Don Quixote in the film.
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