A Rage for Rock Gardening: The Story of Reginald Farrer, Gardener, Writer & Plant Collector Hardcover – November 24, 2004
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- Publisher : David R. Godine, Publisher; Rev Exp edition (November 24, 2004)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 119 pages
- ISBN-10 : 156792249X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1567922493
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.32 x 0.61 x 7.74 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Rage for Rock Gardening is an exceptionally-well written, unbiased, wry account of Reginald Farrer. Like most people who take the time to learn more about them, I am utterly enamoured of that strange breed of adventurer which was the late 19th/early 20th century Plant Hunter. I have read with such interest and pleasure as much as I can find about Forrest, Kingdon-Ward, Wilson... but what a contradictory, eccentric, energetic, and bizarre figure Farrer strikes! It is true, as the previous reviewer notes, that Farrer was not a very likeable figure - but he certainly was a fascinating one. Shulman does an exquisite job, leading the reader through the meandering chaos of Farrers personal and professional life, with both empathy and objectivity; her writing really is superlative, I cannot recall the last time I discovered an author whose neat, eloquent style I so enjoyed. An utter delight, for fellow plant-hunting enthusiasts and for anyone simply on the look out for a fascinating biography.