Wildwood by Roger Deakin

Wildwood

Here, published for the first time in the United States, is the last book by Roger Deakin, famed British nature writer and icon of the environmentalist movement. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the "fifth element"as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Europe, Kazakhstan, and Australia in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with tre...


Details Wildwood

TitleWildwood
ISBN9780241141847
Author
Release DateAug 15th, 2018
PublisherHamish Hamilton
LanguageEnglish
GenreEnvironment, Nature, Nonfiction, Travel, Science, Natural History, Autobiography, Memoir
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Reviews Wildwood

  • Beth
    1970-01-01
    This was a lovely piece of nature writing. It wasn’t as poetic as say, Annie Dillard, but the writing didn’t come across as overly technical either. It was a book that made me want to camp out under the boughs of a British forest – to rebuild the ruins of a 400 year old timber frame house – to watch a craftsman at his lathe, turning wood into art. Much of this book relates the author’s own experiences in the woods. In 1969, he moved to ...
  • Simon
    1970-01-01
    A really beautiful book. Even the din on a packed rush-hour bus in downtown Chicago couldn't banish the magic that Deakin conjures up. I felt transported to a forest at dusk, and could hear the wind in the trees. I think the word "enchanting" is overused in book reviews, but in this case I think it's the perfect adjective, this book is literally enchanting.
  • Pequete
    1970-01-01
    I did not like the first chapter of this book where the author dwells on his geneology and the link of his family names with words related to plants and forests. I was sarting to feel disappointed with my decision to purchase it, when the second chapter (about housesheds) began and I loved it. Then came a description of the author's study, all the objects in it and te memories they stirred. This one was mostly OK, although I found it a bit boring...
  • João Carlos
    1970-01-01
    Roger Deakin fotografado junto a uma nogueira na sua propriedade "Walnut Tree Farm" “Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees” do escritor, documentarista e ambientalista Roger Deakin (1943 – 2006) é o “meu” livro.Um tumor cerebral matou Roger Deakin seis meses após ter concluído o manuscrito de “Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees”.Um livro, uma viagem literária e poética através das árvores, da floresta, da madeira, o “quinto elem...
  • Meaghan
    1970-01-01
    I am often apprehensive about reading nature writing because I am afraid that it won't hold my attention. I think in many cases something is lost in translation from the organic to the intellectual. Our inside and outside selves are kept separate entities these days. I have struggled recently with finding a way to bridge these two parts of my self (the nature-loving, spontaneous part with the studious, hard-working, methodical part). Deakin offer...
  • Mark
    1970-01-01
    Once again, this book was a total inspiration. I now so want to go and find a little cabin somewhere in the midst of a wood so as to experience something of this man's wonder. Fantastic
  • Alison
    1970-01-01
    I love this book so much! I haven't finished reading it yet, because I want to savour it gently and slowly. I'm a country woman, born on the egde of a wood, brought up on the edge of another - and I felt as if Roger Deakin was telling me things I'd always known but never articulated properly. I have enjoyed exploring some of his themes - the woodcraft of David Nash, the painting of Mary Newcombe - I feel educated by the onw book. This is a book w...
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    A great book, very detailed. The author takes you a very detailed journey with him through the woods, desert or wherever he is. It was like an escape, I read it in winter and I felt like like I was right there with him looking at nature. Would highly recommend for any nature lover of trees and fauna. I hope to read another book he has also written.
  • Alicia
    1970-01-01
    Robert Deakin's writing is wonderful. He makes the many subjects of wood and the woods so interesting, something that could easily have been very bland. This book covers many aspects of wood and should be read more as a collection of essays rather than a running whole. Some of the chapters do follow a logical storytelling order, although others do not. Also take in mind that you won't find everything Deakin talks about to be interesting, he cover...
  • Karen Mace
    1970-01-01
    What a wonderful journey into the world of trees and woods thanks to a brilliant writer! It is often the simplest of paragraphs that manages to capture the essence of the love affair many of us have with trees, and the magical places that forests and woods are. Through his own experiences we are taken on a fascinating look at the ways in which trees enchant us all through art, woodcraft, literature and more. Inspiring.I'm off to hug a tree!!
  • Christopher
    1970-01-01
    I read this book on the recommendation of Geoff Manaugh, the founder of BLDGBLOG.com (which is fantastic, by the way,a blog devoted to ‘architectural conjecture, urban speculation and landscape futures’) I am very glad that I found it. Not only is it fantastically well written, but it is such a simple and honest book about the pleasures of the woodlands, and of the experience of being in and around trees. For a seemingly limited topic, he cov...
  • Ashy
    1970-01-01
    I really liked this book, there is something in it for everyone really, as the chapters are very diverse in subject matter, while still being liked by the overall theme of wood/trees. It reminded me of knowledge I already have and taught me interesting new things, and was a nice relaxed book to read gradually. There was the odd part that I skimmed over, but largely there was something about each chapter that caught my interest and kept me reading...
  • Sonya
    1970-01-01
    This was probably my favourite read this year. It was akin, to me, of curling up in your dad's lap as a child, while he drones on about things that he adores that to you are simultaneously fascinating and mind-numbingly boring. And, like a dad, he is given to repeating parts of stories you've already heard. I really took my time reading this, because I haven't wanted it to end, and I think the book demands it. Deakin describes woodland scenes--wh...
  • Shriram Sivaramakrishnan
    1970-01-01
    How shall I begin reviewing..err..add my reviews to the universe of this book.Once in a while (generally our lifetime), we come across a book that would literally change the world that we inhabit. It makes us question the very assumptions upon which we've based our life.Wildwood, to me, is one such!Never have I come across such a book on nature writing. In essence, it is about Wood, rather the imagination called Wood, in our lives. Here is a pers...
  • Bruce Hatton
    1970-01-01
    Roger Deakin's second nature book explores the enduring fascination for what he calls the "fifth element". The mythical and mystical nature of woodland and the use of wood in architecture, furniture and artworks. As well as British woods, he explores those of France, Greece, Ukraine, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Australia. His descriptions of the different national attitudes to woodland put me in mind of Simon Scharma's "Landscape And Memory", particu...
  • Richard
    1970-01-01
    I just reread this book and it's a joy. Roger Deakin lived for many years in a ramshackle house that he repaired partially and shared with birds, bats and trees that in part held the house up.He tells of the house and animals around him. He also ambles further afield and tells of how wood is almost the 'fifth element' in human life and how we in the west have lost sight of its value and of course as a consequence have devastated our native forest...
  • Marie
    1970-01-01
    Some authors you imagine you'd actually like in person, not just on the page. Others, not so much. While I greatly admire Virginia Woolf's writing, e.g., and Doris Lessing's, they both strike me as people I would probably not have got along particularly well with in real life, for reasons of culture and upbringing as much as anything else. Actually, come to think of it, I often have this feeling with regard to female authors. I assume, rightly or...
  • Harold Rhenisch
    1970-01-01
    Such a wonderful journey through the world among trees. There are chapters here of astonishing beauty, especially the coppice hedges of England, the wild walnut and wild apple forests of Central Asia, and even a chapter (too short) on workshops and craft. The book sprawls a bit. Easily, it could have been three separate books: Europe, Asia and Australia. Each would have been stronger than this whole, but there's no need to shy from the book from ...
  • julie
    1970-01-01
    i would have given this 5 stars, but it had some slow moments. however, overall, i loved it and uncharacteristically for me, i read it slowly, to savor it. it made me feel quiet and peaceful and it made me want to go sleep out in the yard (which i probably would have done if it wasn't november and pissing down rain all the time where i live). I learned new (for me) words like coppiced and winter-bournes. and i learned about the Green Man, that pa...
  • Chuck Erion
    1970-01-01
    The emerald ash borer is having a devastating impact on the ash trees across southwestern Ontario.As a wood lover, I’m familiar with the ash’s white clear grain, but would be hard-pressed to identify the tree in the wild or along a city street. This is ironic given the numbers: there are apparently 6,500 ash trees in Kitchener and more than 12,000 in Waterloo.Which brings me to Wildwood — A Journey Through Trees (Penguin, 390 pages, $20) by...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    I came to this book after reading The Wild Places by Robert MacFarlane, who went exploring with Roger Deakin and also told of his last illness from which he died, as well as dedicating The Wild Places to him. After enjoying The Wild Places greatly, hearing so much about Roger from that book, it was a natural reading rabbit trail from that book to this. While I must say it sounds like Roger was a remarkable individual, I did not enjoy this as much...
  • Tamsin Barlow
    1970-01-01
    A book written by one of England's great eccentrics -- he swam across England through streams, canals and lakes just to get closer to nature and observe the character of water. So who wouldn't want to read about his experiences and observations about trees? I love trees and feel a great interest in them so reading this rambling book has been very satisfying -- I'm not the only tree-hugger out there. Beautifully written, deeply insightful and dott...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    A deep love for the natural world pervades this book as does the wonder of a child. When you think about it, trees are pretty amazing things. The problem is, we often don't think about it. Thanks to Deakin, I will never look at an apple tree, a wood desk, the beams in my house in exactly the same way again. It is a reminder to slow down and look around. Each of the chapters in this book brings you to a different place where the rhythms of life ar...
  • Sue Swisher
    1970-01-01
    Beautifully written, a leisurely read that perfectly captures the rural landscapes, woodlands, customs, and people of the various forests that Deakin visits and appreciates. I feel I have personally seen and experienced the same woods that the author did. His first love is the Suffolk countryside near his home, but he has equally vivid descriptions of Australia, Greece, Kazakhstan, and the other places where people still live close to the land. C...
  • Camilla
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed Waterlog so much I was really looking forward to reading this. I grew up in the countryside and thought the hedge at the bottom of the garden was a giant forest. I did enjoy this very much, but it suffered in my eyes by not having the same parameters as Waterlog did- instead of being restricted to one location (the UK) this book takes a journey all round the world. Individual accounts were fascinating- i've already bored friends with ta...
  • Vicki Winslow
    1970-01-01
    I thoroughly enjoyed Wildwood, which takes the reader on a wonderful journey around the world--to artists who use trees as their medium, to the walnut forests of Jalal Abad, back home to the elms and ash trees growing in his own hedgerow. One thing I particularly loved about the book was that it took me on numerous side trips as Deakin mentions or quotes from fiction and nonfiction works. Because of Wildwood I am now reading Hardy's The Woodlande...
  • Nic
    1970-01-01
    "Loved this. Seemed a little under-edited (lots of repetitions, etc.); however, possibly a product of circumstances of production. Brought home how much knowledge and experience is going to be lost in the coming generations, but also reasons for hope, in terms of progressive attitudes towards sustainable management in (e.g.) Central Asian nations. A great encouragement for living authentically and determining your own unique contribution to the w...
  • Clare
    1970-01-01
    I really do love this book, so calm and peaceful. You can hear Roger Deakin's calm tone coming through the pages. Perhaps that's why I didn't finish it. I got over halfway but you know, there's a lot of tree in there, in every form you can think of to stuff all at once. My excuse is I'm savouring it, I'll read it as I feel poped and grey and in need of Roger Deakin's beautiful wooded land.
  • Peter
    1970-01-01
    A wonderful book of stories on the life, trees, ecology and utilisation of natural resources. A treasure that takes you form the origin of apples to carving oak trees to making baskets. Worth savouring.
  • Peter
    1970-01-01
    Like a long slow walk in the woods, this book doesn't really go anywhere but takes in a good many things along the way.