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I wanted to buy this book for a while as I had heard good things about it and read some of the rave reviews. I was SO disappointed with it. Whilst some of the experiences of being 'underground' were of interest to me, I skipped through most of it. I couldn't find a connection between all of the sites visited / explored and found the writing very difficult. I gave it to my local charity shop, I am sure someone will enjoy it.
As a reader of Macfarlane’s earlier books start with the old ways and including the lost worlds I looked forward to this book enormously. I’m sorry to say it is mushy rubbish. Where his other books mingled history, facts, and wonder, this book is filled with the sort of gibberish that is generated by lumping some facts and a bit of science (not as much as in his other books) to produce a mushy kind of pathetic fallacy (when inanimate and non verbal things are endowed with human emotions and secret wisdom). This is a really sad decline — even the writing has lost its crispness and clarity. I think I gave up after the hippy/scientist gathering with an illicit bonfire in Epping Forest. I hope that this remarkable voice can find his way back from romanticizing nature to describing its power and necessity
I’m sure if I was able to keep my eyes open long enough I could have made it to the end if this book but alas and alack I could not. The author waxed too romantic for my taste and just couldn’t hold my attention. Sorry it just wasn’t for me.