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Perfumier and the Stinkhorn: Reflections on Natural Science and Romanticism

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In these elegant, short essays, revered nature writer Richard Mabey attempts to marry a Romantic's view of the natural world with that of the meticulous observations of the scientist. By Romanticism he refers to the view that nature isn't a machine to be dissected, but a community of which we, the observers, are inextricably part. And that our feelings about that community ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Profile Books (first published 2011)
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Mark
Jan 09, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mark by: Brian Robbins
This man has an ability to write about nature in such a way that I want to immediately go back forty years and start my adolescence again so as to not waste so many years before I stopped taking the natural world for granted. He is a total inspiration and makes me re-fall in love with the beauty of what's around me on a regular basis.

These are six short essays reflecting on the use of the senses in the exploration and attempt to understand or at least to begin to uncover the wonder of the world
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Jennifer
Jun 03, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
A predictably enjoyable slim volume of nature essays by Richard Mabey, originally for radio, that made a perfect bag book. That sounds like damning with faint praise and perhaps that is indeed what I am doing as it washed pleasantly over me...However, I think that may be my own failure rather than the book's. Certainly I feel it would repay re-reading. Michael Kirkwood's illustrations really enhance the work.
Francesca Lorenzini
Molto autobiografico, piuttosto poetico. Niente di che.
Linda Proud
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Fabulous read - a great writer at the height of his powers. A memoir and yet a book about the senses, the world around us and its plant life.
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another excellent book by Mabey
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Richard Mabey is one of England's greatest nature writers. He is author of some thirty books including Nature Cure which was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Ondaatje and Ackerley Awards.
A regular commentator on the radio and in the national press, he is also a Director of the arts and conservation charity Common Ground and Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society. He lives in Norfolk.
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