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READ & DOWNLOAD Æ Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness Railways motorways wasteland and water a presence in the world and a strange beauty all of their ownPaul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts both well known poets have lived and worked and known these places all their lives and in Edgelands their journeying prose fuses in the anonymous tradition to allow this in between world to speak up for itself They write about mobile masts and gravel pits business parks and landfill. A very disappointing book I bought it expecting to enjoy a series of prose poems evoking the strange attraction of city margins Instead I found a series of pseudo intellectual essays about the different things to be found there There was little sense of the particular just the authors generalised and often irritating whimsy I shall not be keeping this book

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READ & DOWNLOAD Æ Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness Edgelands explores a wilderness that is much closer than you think a debatable zone neither the city nor the countryside but a place in between so familiar it is never seen for looking Passed through negotiated unnamed ignored the edgelands have become the great wild places on our doorsteps places so difficult to acknowledge they barely exist Edgelands forms a critiue of what we value as 'wild' and allows our allotments. Most of the non fiction I read has an element of nature writing about it but this book is rather than that Farley and Roberts aim is to reclaim and celebrate the edgelands that surround our cities and the book is a fascinating account of the way landscapes are developed either by human intervention or by nature reclaiming what is left behind after human activity Both writers are poets so the book is inevitably reflective and personal despite the joint authorial voice which makes it impossible to deduce who wrote which parts of it Many other poets and artists are citedEach chapter has a one word title encapsulating its theme most of them specific human activities ranging from den building and mining to hotels and airports and the whole makes a fascinating portrait of the England that man The Exploration of the Male Anatomy place in between so familiar it is never seen for looking Passed through negotiated unnamed ignored the edgelands have become the great wild All Night Long A Nannies Novel places so difficult to acknowledge they barely exist Edgelands forms a critiue of what we value as 'wild' and allows our allotments. Most of the non fiction I read has an element of nature writing about it but this book is rather than that Farley and Roberts aim is to reclaim and celebrate the edgelands that surround our cities and the book is a fascinating account of the way landscapes are developed either by human intervention or by nature reclaiming what is left behind after human activity Both writers are The Freeze Frame Revolution personal despite the joint authorial voice which makes it impossible to deduce who wrote which The New York Review and Atheneum Magazine Vol 2 parts of it Many other His Christmas Cowgirl Wildflower Ranch #6 portrait of the England that man

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READ & DOWNLOAD Æ Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness Sites in the same way the Romantic writers forged a way of looking at an overlooked but now familiar landscape of hills and lakes and rivers England the first country to industrialise now offers the world's most mature post industrial terrain and is still in a state of flux Edgelands takes the reader on a journey through its forgotten spaces so that we can marvel at this richly mysterious cheek by jowl region in our mids. Though I was at times slightly frustrated by the uncertainty of this never was edgeland convincingly defined for me it seemed to just mean anything town or country that the authors wanted to define as such and though it did wander off into pretentiousness at times I did enjoy thisThe co authors discuss various aspects of the British landscape focussing on boundaries and hinterlands Allotments canals dumps wastelands retail parks and many it s a curiously put together mixture of poetry academic review and diverse discussion that worked best when it was being generic though I did get added pleasure from some of the West Midlands sections I was familiar with At times it took itself too seriously I felt and there did seem to be sweeping statements early on which failed to convince me bu

  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness
  • Paul Farley
  • English
  • 14 September 2018
  • 9780224089029