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The Great Wood By Jim Crumley,

  • Title: The Great Wood
  • Author: Jim Crumley
  • ISBN: 9781841589732
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Great Wood of Caledon the historic native forest of Highland Scotland has a reputation as potent and misleading as the wolves that ruled it The popular image is of an impassable, sun snuffing shroud, a Highlands wide jungle infested by wolf, lynx, bear, beaver, wild white cattle, wild boar, and wilder painted men Jim Crumley shines a light into the darker cornersThe Great Wood of Caledon the historic native forest of Highland Scotland has a reputation as potent and misleading as the wolves that ruled it The popular image is of an impassable, sun snuffing shroud, a Highlands wide jungle infested by wolf, lynx, bear, beaver, wild white cattle, wild boar, and wilder painted men Jim Crumley shines a light into the darker corners of the Great Wood, to re evaluate some of the questionable elements of its reputation, and to assess the possibilities of its partial resurrection into something like a national forest The book threads a path among relict strongholds of native woodland, beginning with a soliloquy by the Fortingall Yew, the one tree in Scotland that can say of the hey day of the Great Wood 5,000 years ago I was there The journey is enriched by vivid wildlife encounters, a passionate and poetic account that binds the slow dereliction of the past to an optimistic future.
    The Great Wood The Great Wood of Caledon the historic native forest of Highland Scotland has a reputation as potent and misleading as the wolves that ruled it The popular image is of an impassable sun snuffing shro

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    1. This is my first time ever reading nature writing so I am giving this book 4 stars without any comparison I really enjoyed this book and learning about the Great Wood of Caledon, both in the past and what remains of it today I liked the way he was critical of both what he was saying, and what other writers have said about the wood in the past.I hadn t expected the book to include so much of the author s life, but I really liked his writing so his stories and experiences were very enjoyable to r [...]

    2. Crumley is a nature writer that i have never heard of until recently He has written a number of books, and has also done some things for the BBC from what i have found out.This book is looking at the remnants of the forests that used to cover the landscape of Scotland, that are now very much reduced compared to ancient times Each chapter is written from a different aspect or perspective or a recollection of a walk taken in a forest, or wild animals seen He writes with a passion for his subject, [...]

    3. An informative work on the great wood of Scotland, very much grounded in common sense with the argument not all of Scotland was covered but so that it may have been 4 larger forests which may or may not connect at varying stages.

    4. Reading this book has been a bit like walking into a wood in the middle of a conversation I felt as if I was picking up part way through old arguments and discussions and enjoying the patterns of words and images while never quite catching up Or catching up isn t quite right, that that earlier conversation had established parameters that were now taken for granted while I was still not quite convincedThis is a lovely book Crumley s writing carries a rich sense of place There is a strong feel of [...]

    5. Another brilliant book by Jim Crumley, this time about The Great Wood of Caledon, with a larger focus on Scotland s need to return nature, in the form of trees, back to the way it used to be Fascinating and highly informative, Crumley also talks about the benefits it would have to wildlife as well as the benefits it had to wildlife in the past.Fascinating stuff.

    6. I loved this book I love the forest and trees and nature Crumley s writing left me determined to take his forest walks Fascinating book

    7. The Great Wood is a wonderful exploration of what might have been the Great Wood of Caledonia.Jim Crumley writes with passion but also with honesty in this book, returning again to the idea of wolves in Scotland, looking at the entire ecology of the area and wanting to return to a natural balance.I was enchanted by this book as we know people who are part of the reforestation in Scotland, a small part but still part of it, returning land to what could have been the natural forestation of the Gle [...]

    8. This is a look at how the woods of Scotland have developed over time Crumley presents a view showing how impoverished our landscapes have become with our current practice Crumley paints a compelling picture arguing for four great woods being regrown and the reintroduction of several keystone species My main criticism of the book is that sometimes the narrative jumps around too much at points it reads like Crumley had wrote something previously and just wanted to stick it in somewhere That being [...]

    9. I think it is time to move on to something else I thought this would be interesting but it is just not my cup of tea There are a lot of books I would like to read and this turned out to not be one of them Oh well The cover art was pretty cool and the blurb on the back enticed me into buying this at the National Museum of Scotland and I did like some of the poetry that he included Sadly, it was not enough to keep me reading It was snooze worthy.

    10. I found this one alot less engrossing than the author s excellent book The Last Wolf, mostly because it seemed to lack direction, argument, or overall purpose Still, he is the best nature author I have ever read and that comes across very strongly.

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