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The Gifts of Reading by Robert Macfarlane

The Gifts of Reading

by Robert Macfarlane

Other authors: Stanley Donwood (Cover artist)

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Once again a most interesting little book by my favorite (living) author of the moment Robert macfarlane.
It deserves a warm recommendation for other people enjoying reading.
It is heartwarming to see what emotions and actions are evoked by the giving and receiving of books, the memories that get entangled with books.
Now I also want to gift carefully chosen books to other people, sadly I don't know a lot of similarly minded readers (naturalists, people interested in travel writing and poetry).
I do know this little booklet would be on that list.
This essay has a tinge of sadness, reminiscent of the untimely demise of another author connected with Robert Macfarlane which made me almost weep when finishing this book and reminds me of how we need to value our time more.
In short thanks a lot Robert! ( )
  Nicolai-Michiel | Feb 22, 2018 |
It does feel a bit like a fill-in to shorten the wait for the next book at first, but it turns out that the subject of gifts is finite - if you don't want to get too scientific or philosophical - and if you want it to remain personally relevant, like Macfarlane intends it to.
I like the idea behind the book very much - giving wothout ecpecting a compensation of SOME sort is not easy at all, altruism at its finest. This book is a fine encouragement!
  Kindlegohome | Jan 17, 2018 |
Ridiculously short and ridiculously good.
A well written paean to the joys of reading and of giving physical books, in particular A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor, which is appropriate for a travel writer such as Macfarlane. ( )
  CarltonC | Aug 6, 2016 |
Robert Macfarlane is well known for his love of walking, climbing and camping in the wilds, and has enthralled his fans with his previous books including The Old Ways and Mountains of the Mind. This latest work is an essay about the great pleasure that derives either from giving or receiving books. Of course, that sounds rather like a statement of the obvious, but Macfarlane develops his point with great clarity, citing exchanges of books with an old (now dead) friend with whom he worked and travelled in China.

He also recounts his love of Patrick leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts, which he had himself received as a gift years ago. Leigh Fermor’s book relates his adventures walking from London to Constantinople in 1933, an adventure that inspired some of Macfarlane’s own expeditions. He now takes great pleasure in giving away copies of that book among others.

This may just be a short essay but it encompasses important themes about the value of literature and friendship and the catharsis of giving, all written with Macfarlane’s customary clarity and simplicity. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jul 24, 2016 |
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