❴Reading❵ ➶ Readings in Wood Author John Leland – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Award winning nature writer John Leland offers a collection of twenty seven short poetic essays that marry science and the humanities as the author seeks meaning in trees Readings in Wood is an invest Award winning nature writer John Leland offers a collection of twenty seven short poetic essays that marry science and the humanities as the author seeks meaning in trees Readings in Wood is an investigation of trees and forests and also of wood as a material that Readings in PDF \ people have found essential in the creation of society and culture Leland views with wit and erudition the natural world and the curious place of human beings as saviors and destroyers of this world At once personal memoir natural history and cultural criticism the book reflects Leland's idiosyncratic vision In one essay Leland asks the trees Do you like us rejoice in sunny days dance with the wind and blush to have your sexual desires known by prurient passersby Why like us do you torture yourselves reaching for a heaven beyond your grasp Why twist yourselves so that your grain becomes a record of your grief What mystic patterns of science math and religion hide in your whirls of leaf and branch As vast as a forest topics range from tree grain and leaf shape to economic theories mathematics and engineering Readings in Wood is a hybrid testament of science faith superstition and disbelief learned from sitting on tree trunks and peering at leaves and fungi Leland hopes others will join him in nature's classroom uite aware of the irony he reminds us These leaves you desultorily turn over once hung in a green wood gone to make this book Touching a book you touch a tree I pray that Readings in Wood's essays touching you may justify in some small way the trees who died in their making.
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