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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Book review – At the Very End of the Road by Phillip Edwards – Mark Avery


I have to apologise to the writer and writer of this e-book for carrying it round with me for months and never settling all the way down to learn it correctly. I’m unsure why. It was partly that the quilt didn’t have interaction me. It was partly that I’d by no means heard of the writer. It was partly that I hadn’t seen anybody speaking about it and so I didn’t really feel that I used to be lacking out on something. It was partly that the top of the street sounded a bit unhappy. However I used to be wholly incorrect. This can be a very good learn. I penalised myself by not attending to it sooner.

I very often write in evaluations that I like opinionated books, and I do, however that is essentially the most superb of unopinionated books. Right here we now have observations of nature with none baggage of environmental doom or campaigning zeal. It’s additionally very a lot not concerning the writer, it’s concerning the place and wildlife on the very finish of a street someplace within the west of England.  The writer may be very clear that ‘this e-book is partly an experiment. It makes an attempt to translate tight visible statement of intimate particulars of wildlife and panorama from this tiny space of western England into sensuous literary footage via lyrical imaginative language.’. That’s fairly an ambition, and to my thoughts, he succeeds brilliantly.

The chapters transfer via the 12 months, from September to August, and apart from that cycle there isn’t any narrative to the e-book – no story to comply with. You’re there with the writer, within the place, within the second.

This method results in an adjective- and adverb-rich e-book and sentences which are usually lengthy. Within the very early pages (2 and three), the place the writer units the scene, there’s a 93-word sentence to which I’ve returned many instances as a result of it makes me envious, it captures issues so effectively, and the passage remembers the monologue on the finish of Bladerunner.

That is an distinctive e-book which deserves to be learn extensively as a result of it can give nice pleasure to many.  It’s the final entry into my shortlist for E-book of the 12 months for 2022 which it is possible for you to to learn on Sunday morning. And this e-book additionally options in Stepen Moss’s annual evaluation of nature books which is able to seem right here on my weblog tomorrow – Saturday morning.

The quilt? It’s a bit dreary, I believe, and the e-book is joyous, however it put me off studying this e-book so I’ll give it a low 6/10. However I really feel I ought to provide myself the identical rating.

On the Very Finish of the Highway by Phillip Edwards is printed by Whittles.

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