Landmarks Author Robert Macfarlane
ISBN-10 0241967872
ISBN-13 9780241967874
Year 2016-08-02
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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From Robert Macfarlane the acclaimed author of The Old Waysa celebration of the language of landscape and the power of words to shape our sense of place For years now the British writer Robert Macfarlane has been collecting place words terms for aspects of landscape nature and weather drawn from dozens of languages and dialects of the British Isles In this his fifth book Macfarlane brilliantly explores the linguistic and literary terrain of the British archipelago from the Shetlands to Cornwall and from Cumbria to Suffolk offering themed glossaries of hundreds of these rare deeply local poetical terms organized by such geographical terrains as flatlands uplands waterlands coastlands woodlands and underlands Interspersed with this archive of place words are biographical essays in which Macfarlane writes of his favorite authors who have paid close attention to the natural world and who embody in their own work the huge richness of place languagefrom Barry Lopez and John Muir to Nan Shepard J A Baker and Roger Deakin Landmarks is a book about the power of language and how it can become a way to know and love landscape from a writer acclaimed for his own precision of utterance and distinctive lyrical voice

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