This is a magical book. It is both a collection of landscape words from the British Isles and a meditation on writing, mountains and landscapes. It is not a quick read but something that satiates after a few pages, requiring digestion, or rereading. The place words are from a vanishing time when we knew our land like we now know how to get about town. The words shimmer with beauty even though I suspect I am making a poor job of the Gaelic pronunciations.
I thought I was a pretty good writer but reading this is humbling in a happy way, taking pleasure in his writing and glad that there are people who can write like this.
If you love nature, if you love words, if you think there is more than one way to climb a mountain (p. 63), this is a book that will give you pleasure.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (General UK); 1 edition (18 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241967872
- ISBN-13: 978-0241967874
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 204 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)