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The Wild Places (Penguin Original) Paperback – Bargain Price, June 24, 2008
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The New York Times Book Review
Inspiring Macfarlane brings these landscapes to pulsing life His precision in apprehending the world is a salutary lesson in and of itself His descriptions have created a new map of Britain and Ireland in my mind. And like pebbles in a pond, those descriptions are now altering the way I look at the world immediately around me.. this is the final gift of Macfarlanes wild places: they illuminate the wild wonder of our everyday world.
National Geographic Traveler
The Wild Places boldly celebrates places that arent supposed to exist, and does so in prose that is at times very nearly as vivid and beautiful as the thing itself.
Prose as precise as this is not just evocative. It is a manifesto in itself. Macfarlanes language urges us to gaze more closely at the wonders around us, to take notice, to remind ourselves how thrillingly alive a spell in the wild can make us seem.
The Sunday Times (UK)
Top Customer Reviews
The Sunday Times of London spoke of his precise prose. And so it is, as well as fresh. Right from the beginning, he draws the reader in with fresh expressions like "Rooks haggle." And he stirred some very dormant memories.Read more ›
There's a certain thread of mystical "Wildness Manichaeism," if I may so phrase it, which runs through a great deal of the book. It's wild or it's not, no greys. The author describes his experience of wildness (and that of many other authors) in several different places. But there's a heartfelt reluctance to define it. Macfarlane's wildness is definitely of the "I know it when I sense it" sort.Read more ›
In this book, MacFarlane visits a number of places in the British Isles, each of which is in some sense wild, in order to experience wildness and explore its nature. In each of them, the reader travels with MacFarlane, carried by his precise, poetic prose that gives us intimate access to his observations and feelings. Interspersed between MacFarlane’s detailed and illuminating descriptions are accounts of local history and thoughts that the landscape, wildlife, and his experiences have promoted. Each region that he visits is different: From island to tor, bookended by a favorite beech tree that stands near to his house.
There is a quiet continuity to the book. The journeys are described in the sequence in which he made them, over the course of a year. As the year passes, our understanding of wildness evolves, along with MacFarlane’s, from that of remote places separated from humanity to that of colonizing, evolving nature itself that can thrive in and around human spaces, in crevices, hedges, and ditches.
MacFarlane’s search for the meaning of wildness is interesting and thought-provoking but, for me, the wonder of the book lies in MacFarlane’s ability to feel the landscape and, through the beauty of his writing, to communicate those feelings to his reader. This book will nourish, delight, and inspire anyone with a love of the natural world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an incredibly beautiful book. Macfarlane writes so well, that the book reads almost like poetry. His words evoke the magical landscapes and the history therein. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unmistakably, this writer loves landscapes and loves words. However, I did not enjoy reading this book as much as I wanted to, because of three pervasive flaws:
1)He assumes... Read more
Anyone who is writing needs to read Robert Macfarlane. If you cannot enroll in one of his Cambridge courses, you can at least read his books. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jennifer
How often do you come across such a beautifully written book as this? I think anyone who is interested in nature would enjoy this read! Loved it!Published 16 months ago by AnnieBlue
Macfarlane takes you along on his own wild journeys, especially in Scotland and the British Isles, but, ultimately, even to Everest. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carolyn Foote Edelmann
The words sing and lyrically flow from such an eloquent writer that I am reading based on the recommendation of the Guardian newspaper. Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by Ibrahim