It’s rather difficult to sum up this amazing book in a paragraph. It’s about the spaces under our feet and how they illuminate and reflect every aspect of life on earth. It’s brilliantly written and conjures up the past just as deftly as it chronicles the author’s travels in the present. It’s a book I can’t imagine anyone not getting something out of. It’s finished now and I wish I could read it again for the first time.
I have been inspired, filled with dread, felt a near overwhelming claustrophobia while sitting in a large airy room & most importantly learnt so much from this book. It has taught me of the distant & more recent pasts & asked me to question the future & the impact humans are having. Part memoir, part scientific text, but very readable & thoroughly enjoyable.
This remarkable account of life on our planet from the perspective of the parallel universe below our feet is as compelling as the author’s fascination with the heights. It again remind us of the tenacity and the fragility of life on this mortal coil in Robert Macfarlane’s engrossing, unique style.