Sep 22, 07
Read in September, 2007
Ok, even though this book is a bestseller and many people seem to think it is so great and so deep, I found it to be very repetitive and not necessarily that well-written. I read this for my environmental book group, and probably would not have picked up such a depressing book on my own.
The basic idea is kind of interesting -- how would nature respond if people suddenly disappeared from the earth? Would the damage we caused to the environment be corrected? It's kind of a novel concept and would be good as an article (which it originally was), but it certainly didn't need to become a full-length book. After about the first 10 pages, I got the point. Without people, animals would flourish, plants would bloom, buildings would crumble, etc. I didn't need 150+ more pages of this (incidentally I only got through the first couple of chapters). In any case, my main problem with this book is that it really doesn't tell us anything about what we can actually do to improve the environment short of getting rid of all people, which the author himself doesn't advocate. I definitely found this book extremely disappointing.