Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight
“Nobody who has not taken one can imagine the beauty of a walk through Rome by full moon,” wrote Goethe in 1787. Sadly, the imagination is all we have today: in Rome, as in every other modern city, moonlight has been banished, replaced by the twenty-four-hour glow of streetlights in a world that never sleeps. Moonlight, for most of us, is no more.
So James Attlee set out to...more
There's everything from the author's moonlit walks in his own town, to Japanese moon festivals, to kooky New Age contraptions, to the Apollo program, to stories about artists who used the moon as a major motif in their work.
I was hooked from the start when he wrote about having an "assignation" with the moon - as if the moon were his mistress. There's some interesting thoughts about how differences in how the moon is viewed might lead to other ...more
His ideas and writing are very unique and I learned things, many esoteric facts I never would have stumbled over independently. His obvious art interest encouraged certain inclusions, but given my ignorance of many cited paintings, I would have loved small reproductions, even black and white. No doubt that would have required a different level of funding and permissions. Unfortunately I have little interest to explore those my own and I suppose that sums of the book: interesting for the time of ...more
The author knows how to use imagery and establishes some really beautiful scenes, but there's a point where it starts to seem like to much...almost like a ...more
The book in split into several chapters of moonwatching in selected countries: the first is London, and provides us with some backgrou ...more
«Apasionante. Te apetece sacar una silla al jardín y leer a la luz de la luna.» The New York Times
«Nocturno es una buena guía que recupera los paseos nocturnos, el placer de la contemplación y la emoción de la naturaleza. Nos insta a recuperar la capacidad de disfrutar del aquí y del ahora.» The Telegraph
«Un libro erudito, sencillo, ligeramente chiflado y totalmente cautivador.» The Sunday Times
«Attlee siempre es am ...more
We put on hold 29 April 2015 as there are other things we need to get to; at p. 109. We are enjoying it but not making fast progress, although it is a fairly easy read.
The author (who came across as a pompous snob in many parts it has to be said) kept going off on all kinds of tangents on subjects quite irrelevant to moonlight - volcanoes, rivers, London, anyone? - but ones dear to his own heart and thereby deemed sufficient to be included. You couldn't help but feel the reader was being excluded from his obtuse ramblings most of the time.
The many shor ...more
I think first I'll start with the positives. I really loved what I *did* learn from the author here. He tended to focus on the moon's presence in art and literature, with an emphasis on the visual arts. I can't say that I particularly remember each of t ...more
On the cover, it says "This book may become many people's favourite." I would open this as many moonlover people's.
Besides the captivating name and cover, the content of the book is very well made for the moonlovers. There is a lot of historical information and personal experiences on the moon, which sometimes jump the track a bit, but very artistically written. Yet, all these satisfying elements couldn't help with the boredom. It was one of the books I had p ...more