War over the environment in Tasmania has been ongoing for many years and no battle has been more furious or longstanding then that of the forests. AsWar over the environment in Tasmania has been ongoing for many years and no battle has been more furious or longstanding then that of the forests. As in many conflicts, the first casualty is truth. There is much published material on both sides of the debate but Anna's book tries to walk the narrow path between.
It is clear however where Krien's sympathies lie. To a logger, in response to being asked where she puts herself on this issue, she says "I like nature. I like creatures." While she doesn't spell out her position more explicitly then this, the way she writes betrays her. Her words on forests and the animals that live within them are filled with heart and emotion. On the economics and politics she's colder, more cynical and more precise.
At the same time I feel she is not pushing an agenda. Krien's a journalist embedded in the front line and she's telling it as she sees and experiences it. Trees are beautiful, the economics of woodchipping is doubtful and there is a long history of corruption in the politics of Tasmanian forestry. These are simple truths but Krien does not treat them simply. She is careful to put thorough investigation behind her arguments. Her questions and criticisms are aimed at loggers and activists alike.
Into the Woods doesn't provide a solution but instead gives us accurate portrait of the debate as a whole. Krien's writing is interesting and enjoyable and she very successfully puts a human face on the people of both sides of this battle.
This collection of essays tracks the progress of Greens from the death of Lake Pedder, past the Wesley Vale and Franklin campaigns to April 1990, a ye This collection of essays tracks the progress of Greens from the death of Lake Pedder, past the Wesley Vale and Franklin campaigns to April 1990, a year after the Green Independents signed the Accord with Labor allowing them to form government in Tasmania. The essays range from lyrical pieces praising nature to critiques of the Greens and their strategies and philosophies. Authors include Christine Milne and Bob Brown, who have since become Senators in Federal Parliament; Richard Flanagan, now a famous author; and numerous other luminaries of the Tasmanian conservation movement.
Bob Brown wraps up the volume with an essay that has the warmth and cadence of one of his speeches. It touches on many of the themes of the book and set me off on numerous daydreams before I reached the end.
I found a lot of this still very relevant today. The book provides a nice little portrait of ecologism in Tassie in the 70s and 80s: the birthplace of something big....more
The book reminded me of Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre, though I think this one goes a bit deeper than both. It is a sad, beautiful book. Rhys reallyThe book reminded me of Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre, though I think this one goes a bit deeper than both. It is a sad, beautiful book. Rhys really took to me to this hopeless place, she made me feel it! I love the way she writes - vague and chaotic - the story comes across as Anna experiences it. What a long way the women's movement has come since this time and how prescient of Rhys to give us this story.
I am astounded by how powerful this slim volume is....more
Peak Oil & self-sufficiency are important topics but this story is very hard for me to take. 50% of the text needs to be edited out along with aboPeak Oil & self-sufficiency are important topics but this story is very hard for me to take. 50% of the text needs to be edited out along with about 100 exclamation marks and all the lame jokes (of which there are many). Adrienne's journey from ignorance to mediocrity may do the cause a dis-service in that she is very hard to take seriously given the low way in which she presents herself early in the book. And I can't believe she can be Australian and be interested in peak oil and know how to look at senate committee transcripts on the web but fail to notice the politician who's been pushing for action on this for years. Adrienne, if you're there, go to http://christine-milne.greensmps.org.au/. I could not finish the book so please forgive me if you gave Sen Milne got a mention later in the text. ...more