It’s about restoring habitats – a subject on which I am very keen – and I have the feeling that I would enjoy a couple of beers with Mr Woodworth, but his book didn’t move me or thrill me. I’ve had it for ages and I’ve kept picking it up but then I would put it down again feeling guilty that I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I felt I should.
There are lots of accounts of restoration projects across the world – and they are interesting. We can travel to the American midwest, Ireland, Mexico and New Zealand amongst other countries with Mr Woodward who spent seven years researching this book. Habitat or ecosystem restoration or rehabilitation projects are difficult both practically and also economically and politically. It sometimes feels as though you are fighting nature on the one hand and people on the other.
Maybe you will get on with the book better than I did, and if you do then please comment here to say so.
I think it’s the writing that puts me off – and that is quite a personal issue. I find there is too much detail that simply gets in the way of my understanding of the story in each chapter. I don’t need to know the name of every person who crops up, fleetingly, in his travels (nor their nickname) and I don’t need to know the details of the geography to the extent it is sometimes revealed. As I read the book I kept thinking that I ought to remember all this stuff because clearly it was going to be useful in a page or two, but it wasn’t. And there are too many adjectives.
It’s quite American-based in terms of the people selected as the thought leaders – I’m not saying Woodworth is wrong, but many of the names don’t mean much to an English audience.
I’m sorry that this book wasn’t for me – I wanted it to be – but maybe it is for you.