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The Comfort of Water

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  26 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The Comfort of Water, Maya Ward's lyrical exploration of her river as it winds through the city and the wild is a revelation, a testament to the fact that the greatest of worlds are often at our doorstep. Its author understands the power of the natural world to transform lives, and writes about the connection between a river and the self with humility, humour, and a clear- ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published 2011 by Transit Lounge Publishing
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Kiri Bear
Mar 03, 2016 Kiri Bear rated it it was amazing
My first thought upon finishing The Comfort of Water – A River Pilgrimage was “Thank you.” Thank you Maya Ward for writing such a beautiful book. Thank you for walking the length of the Yarra River, Birrarung. Thank you for creating a model for reconciliation that gets right to the heart of lived experience. Thank you for expressing the words of my heart. Thank you for alleviating a little of the burden I feel (being a compassionate person in this world and this country) by speaking the truth, t ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Di rated it it was amazing
A very good read. The author takes a journey walking along the route of the Yarra River in Victoria, Australia. The group journeys from the sea upstream to the river's source in the high country. Along the way we learn about the layers of settlements and stories about the river.

The hikers, 'pilgrims' in search of meaning, immerse themselves in the waters, play around the banks, wade and climb trees across it, canoe in the river and generally become part of the river. They explore the environmen
Nick Mahony
Nov 19, 2014 Nick Mahony rated it did not like it
I realise for many readers the Comfort of Water probably did something meaningful for them, and that’s great. Ward's book might feel leafy and like a deep ecologists wet dream but beyond the feeling, when you think about the narrow and unrealistic views explored and encouraged, you might find that the over simplification of the relationship of humanity and nature is just a little bit entirely bullshit. The intractable problems of the well being of people and the health of environmental systems, ...more
Amanda Witt
Great description of the three week trek from the Bay to the source of the Yarra, up at Mt Baw Baw. Because some property lines ended at the river's edge, the author and friends needed to ask permission to pass through, but most owners were ok with this.
Good but perhaps I am too cynical or prosaic: the perpetual glorification of nature, the river and her walk was tiresome. At least there was the good grace to recognise the ridiculousness of continual epiphanies. I've done plenty of multi day walking and rarely had more than one epiphany the entire trip. My fault, mote than the author's, I know. This was certainly well written and eloquent.
David Mclean
Apr 10, 2012 David Mclean rated it it was amazing
A gentle and thoughtful journey through a landscape most of us overlook, through Maya's life lived here, and the country of those we dispossessed. I'm glad I read this, it's changed how I see the place I live.
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