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The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness
John Hanson MitchellE-book: $14.99
I cannot imagine anyone reading this fine little book without beginning to form some really big plans.
A stimulating read, like a maze you can venture in and out, unlike one in which you can choose which route to take depending on what part of your imagination you wish to exercise. A clew is not a clue, but a sure marker that will guide you in and out of the labyrinth; each clew in this book is accompanied by an apt quote and sketched vignette. An excellent and enjoyable way of analysing your own definitions of wild and manmade landscapes.
I read the book straight through with enormous mounting pleasure and deepening admiration. It’s extremely original, beautifully written, and full of provocative ideas.
JOHN HANSON MITCHELL is the author of five books based on a single square mile known as Scratch Flat, as well as two travel books and the biography of the early African American landscape photographer Robert A. Gilbert. A winner of the John Burroughs Award for his nature essays, Mitchell was founder and editor of Sanctuary magazine, published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In 2000 he won the New England Book Award in nonfiction for his Scratch Flat series. He lives in Littleton, Massachusetts, the location of Scratch Flat.