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The Gifts of Reading Kindle Edition
[Macfarlane] can unfurl a sentence with the breathless ease of a master angler, a writer whose ideas transcend the physical region he explores ― New York Times Book Review
[Macfarlane] is a godfather of a cultural moment ― Sunday Times on Landmarks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
'This story, like so many stories, begins with a gift. That gift, like so many gifts, was a book...'
In this luminous essay, Robert Macfarlane reflects on the unique emotional resonance of books given and received - and how such gifts have shaped his own life.
All proceeds from the sale of The Gifts of Reading will be donated to Migrant Offshore Aid Station.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B071Z7BSPD
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (1 June 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2037 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 37 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #200,906 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from India
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The Gifts of Reading by Robert Macfarlane is a short, simple and yet a beautiful essay about the significance of giving / receiving books as gifts and the bond that forms between the receiver and the giver.
Macfarlane talks about receiving Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts, as a gift from his friend and colleague Don, from Beijing, and how it changed his life.
It’s merely 34 page, 10 minute read and I only mention this because it’s so impactful and such a nice reminder of what books mean to us and how they can change the way you see things and feel things.😊
Reading this book felt like having a heart to heart conversation with the author about his love for books, both giving and receiving, and travelling and how they keep him going. I’ve already read it twice and I’m making all my friends read this one, one way or the other!
Here’s another quote of wisdom from this little book -
"The outcome of a gift is uncertain at the time of giving, but the fact that it has been given charges it with great potential to act upon the recipient for the good."
Highly recommend this one and definitely looking for a copy of A Time of Gifts as well!
Top reviews from other countries
'Sometimes the only thing a book gives its reader is a paper cut.'
Not so in this case.
Robert Macfarlane was so impressed and affected by a book he was given titled “a time of gifts’ that he has written this mini essay to promote the value in the giving of gifts especially the gift of books.
Writing about the impact that book giving has had on others and in turn the impact he has had on those he has given books to he also makes several recommendations of books mostly appealing to nature or travel lovers.
Advocating book giving to book lovers surely needs little persuasion and I felt this is where the essay was a little disappointing. I thought it a little self-indulgent focusing mostly on the authors experiences and success rather any thoughts on the more difficult task of how to give and what to give to reluctant readers.
Book lovers will read this mini essay and agree with many of the sentiments but I felt an opportunity missed as with a bit more thought this could have been an inspiring motivational piece to give to books shirkers who encouraged to seek out a book may well find the very book book that answers that elusive question why should i read........
Amazon also deserve credit and thanks for offering free delivery for a limited period which I very much hope they will continue