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I bought this book based on other reviews but was sadly disappointed. Try as I may to give it a chance, I just couldn't get into it. It's very descriptive and informative and I understand what the author is trying to get across but somehow for me it just doesn't flow. It felt as though I was reading an English essay where the teacher had asked the student to rewrite it with more adjectives and detailed descriptions. The rewritten essay would have been awarded full marks for technicality and it's use of not so common words but I felt it read more like a technical guide than what should have been an entertaining book. Sorry Robert it just didn't work for me.
I struggled to get through this book. I was left with the impression that the writer was trying far too hard to create one beautifully well constructed sentence after another that he totally lost any concept of "wild". And the swims in Lake District tarns-really? Never in my 40 years plus wandering the Lakes have I come across any skinny dippers. Pretentiousness taken to extremes. Try Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths for a true taste of "wild"
This doesn't work for me. Macfarlane seems unable to actually describe anything as such, and each place gives an excuse for a rambling pretentious discursion on the meaning of time, space, reality etc. etc. I realised quite early on, when he refers to being "balanced on an edge of time as well as space", that I'd wandered into a Prog-Rock album ca. 1974. It really should have one of those Yes-type Roger Dean covers.
So not my cup of tea; if, on the other hand, your idea of heaven is stitting in a cafe drinking a tall mochachino with your MacBook Pro open whilst listening to "Tales From Topographic Oceans" on your iPod and Tweeting to your Facebook friends on your iPhone 5, then I imagine you'll adore it.