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Harrison's vision is always to connect how we live with insights from civilization's literary heritage. And he does a breathtaking job. His language is erudite but accessible and often poetic. The only nit I have with this audio book is the reader sounds a bit too much like a Top-40 radio announcer, and while his voice is good it's not well matched to the material.
Sagacious and enjoyable essays on the effects of gardens on human culture. I particularly found interesting the idea, which the author makes us aware of, that gardening may have pre-dated farming and things learnt, from it, could have been needed in the neolithic farming revolution. I had understood gardening to be something that arose when civilisation allowed people more leisure time to pursue the aesthetic. However when you consider the need, people have always had, to beautify sacred spaces and that the decorative use of body sometimes pre-dates the practical one of clothes, the idea of gardening preceding farming is, at least, feasible. We cannot prove this, at present. Maybe we never will. The author only, as said, presents the point. In doing so he opens our minds up to a new way of looking at the issue.
The contents, of the other sections of the book, likewise stimulate thought. I have no complaints about that content, but, unfortunately, the pace of the narration was too fast for me, plus the pitch was too high and the tone too light. A calmer, deeper rendition that complimented the thought provoking content would have been preferable. Being rushed was annoying.
Anyway that is my own assessment. I am still giving it five stars as the content deserves no less.
Maybe separate ratings for content and narration would be an idea, so one doesn't bring down the other.
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