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To The River: A Journey Beneath the Surface (Anglais) Broché – 5 avril 2012

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To The River is a gentle, wise and riddling book. Its prose, like the river it describes, flows intricately, unpredictably and often beautifully, carrying the fascinated reader onwards. --Robert Macfarlane

Nature Writing is the new Rock 'n' Roll. --The Times

In this richly descriptive book, Laing succeeds superbly in delineating our often fraught, but nevertheless enduring relationship with water. --Sunday Times

Beautifully written ... A great read that will make you want to head to the Sussex countryside. --Woman

A missive filled with erudite observations of the land and water in the heady in-breath of summer . . . its beauty and conclusions find a critical hold in both academic and emotive axes. --Skinny

A refreshing, and inspiring, real-life story ... Relive Laing's journey and you'll be inspired to get out into nature more often. --Psychologies

This is Laing's first book and, without wanting to sound too gushing her writing at its most sublime reminds me of Richard Mabey's nature prose and the poetry of Alice Oswald. Like these two, and John Clare before them, Laing seems to lack a layer of skin, rendering her susceptible to the smallest vibrations of the natural world as well as to the frailties of the human psyche. --Times

A magical book . . . her dreamy prose evokes a modern Alice, an hallucinatory tale told with one hand trailing in cool green water, while she wishes out folklore and science, history and biography . . . There is real delight in this debut. By turns lyrical, melancholic and exultant, To the River just makes you want to follow Olivia Laing all the way to the sea. --Philip Hoare, Sunday Telegraph

Arrestingly beautiful . . . This is an uplifting book, which not only develops into a work of considerable richness, but as the river reaches the open sea, expresses its message of hope with increasing lyricism and uncluttered simplicity. --Evening Standard

A gentle, wise, observant book, both sparkling and mysterious. In fluid, meditative prose . . . Laing describes not just what she sees but the parallel narratives of her inner life. . . Laing's writing is a joy. . . [she] has a gift for conjuring the loveliest of the countryside and the creatures that inhabit it, and in her hands, the changing land and riverscapes are imbued with wonders and filled with stories. --Metro

It's hard not to warm to Laing as a guide . . . The writing, at its best, is wonderfully allusive and precise . . . The book's subject and structure fuse pleasingly, weaving and meandering, changing pace and tone, pooling into biographical, mythical or historical backwaters before picking up the thread of Laing's riparian journey again.
--Observer

...a beguiling fusion of biography, history, nature writing and memoir. --Sunday Express Magazine

[It is] Laing's lyrical description of nature that makes the book shine. --Financial Times --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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To the River is the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One midsummer week over sixty years later, Olivia Laing walked Woolf's river from source to sea. The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape - and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love. Along the way, Laing explores the roles rivers play in human lives, tracing their intricate flow through literature and mythology alike. To the River excavates all sorts of stories from the Ouse's marshy banks, from the brutal Barons' War of the thirteenth century to the 'Dinosaur Hunters', the nineteenth-century amateur naturalists who first cracked the fossil code. Central among these ghosts is, of course, Virginia Woolf herself: her life, her writing and her watery death. Woolf is the most constant companion on Laing's journey, and To the River can be read in part as a biography of this extraordinary English writer, refracted back through the river she loved. But other writers float through these pages too - among them Iris Murdoch, Shakespeare, Homer and Kenneth Grahame, author of the riverside classic The Wind in the Willows. The result is a wonderfully discursive read - which interweaves biography, history, nature writing and memoir, driven by Laing's deep understanding of science and cultural history. It's a beautiful, lyrical work that marks the arrival of a major new writer. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 étoiles sur 5 16 commentaires
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 One reader's opinion 19 août 2016
Par None - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Beautiful writing, but I expected more personal experiences from the author. I knew this title would include historical references, but was disappointed that it feels as though three-quarters of the book is a history of the land and surroundings. Obviously, I'm a Woolf reader, which is the main reason I wanted to read To the River and I thoroughly enjoyed all the Woolf references; some of the best are about Leonard Woolf (interesting man), but I wanted personal perceptions and experiences. I had expected more of a connection between Laing and reader; less history, more Laing and I would've been happy.

I discovered Iris Murdoch and John Bayley through reading this book, which is a plus. Also, even though the prose style is appealing, I thought it was verbose and intense in sections where Laing could have given the reader some breathing room.

Still, I'm keeping my copy and am looking forward to reading Lonely City.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lovely book, brilliant writer 11 mars 2013
Par michael reid hunter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Olivia Laing has written a stunning reflection on the Ouse, and actually on all rivers. Her prose undulates along with the changing watercourse, prodding out regional histories as she wends her way along the riverbank. Past and present mingle and merge; you share the author's surprise at being jolted from her daydreams by occasional hikers and fishermen. A lovely book that reinforces our connections with the chronology of our chosen place.
This book is pure delight.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I like Olivia Laing's writing 31 décembre 2016
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I like Olivia Laing's writing. She's deeply personal even when looking at a river. I've learned so much: the deep history along the Ouse River in Sussex; the history of Leonard Woolf (as well as Virginia Woolf but most everyone knows something of her history); as well as reviewing a romantic relationship recently ended. There's tales of life and death along the Ouse, not only Virginia, but common and not so common folk. If you've yet to read Olivia Laing, do. She's a masterful writer.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Walking tour through literary England 9 septembre 2013
Par Jerry C. Haggin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Well written and lots of interesting insights on a variety of subjects from literary connections - Virginia Woolf and Kenneth Graham - to science and ecology.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful writing 29 août 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A compelling travelogue, beautiful writing, striking metaphor. A testament to the beauty and importance of every moment of every day.
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