Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times
Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped ...more
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All this being said, this book is written from a point of extreme privilege and had several moments that reminded me too much of a hallmark special where everything works out in the end. The author never acknowledges that the ...more
This is a new title so might be good for gifts for your older, reflective relative. Maybe alongside a book of poetry by Mary Oliver or Barbara Kingsolver.
I had a review copy of t ...more
Author Katherine May shares her experiences wintering (verb), which will of course vary from person to person. Not everyone is in a position to cope the same way May does, but I do think most will relate to the desire to seek ...more
Sadly, this book wasn't what I expected.
It felt like someone was sharing key moments of their life so basically a memoir. Maybe that could have worked for me had I been able to relate to her.
The author did finish each chap by incorporating how we could learn something from the mentioned incident that could help us in wintering. But in most of these cases the message seemed to be manipulated from the story rather than them being an obvious takeaway. I felt like most of the incidents really di ...more
And that's a shame because Katherine May writes beautifully, thinks interestingly, and observes astutely ...more
The author was diagnosed with autism in adulthood, just as I was, so I thought I'd feel something in common with her way of thinking.
Sadly, no. Autism is barely mentioned , which is fine as it's not the point of the book, but I just couldn't sympathize with her point ...more
I was put off from the start when the author whinged (a theme of what was ...more
Despite talking about interesting traditions in other countries and describing the Northern Lights in fantastic, captivating detail, this was not a great read for me. I suspe ...more
The author speaks about how depression has overtaken her but occasionally muses that maybe she is almost revelling in her melancholy. mood.. "I wonder if perhaps I am a ...more
At its base, this is not a book about beauty, but about reality. It is about noticing what's going on, and living it. That's what the natural world does: it carries on surviving. Sometimes it flourishes - lays on fat, garlands itself in leaves, makes abundant honey - and sometimes it pares back to the very basics of existence in order to keep living. It doesn't do this once, resentfully, assuming that one day it will get things right and everything will smooth out. It winters in cycl...more
I don't think Katherine May understands what winter actually is, and she's probably the last person on Earth who should be writing an entire book about it.
*Phew* glad I got that off my chest.
In all seriousness, this read like a parody (with the exception of the moments that touched on mental health), and I found myself laughing out loud at the ridiculousness of it all.
At one point, she made a massive deal about children in Finland, I believe, who have to ...more
She's selling winter and I'm buying it!
"Winter is a time for the quiet arts of making: for knitting and sewing, baking and simmering, repairing and restoring our homes."
"In Summer I want big splashy ideas and trashy novels devoured in a garden ch ...more
This is not a heavy book in which we delve into ourselves or want to avoid reading through difficult issues. This book talks a couple of individual's and the writters struggles with a depression or low patches(wintering). In which we go throug ...more
this book was undoubtedly a delight to savour. i just didn't expect it to be quite so literal; i wasn't anticipating such a focus on seasons and nature, cold climes and northern, nordic cultures. it was interesting reading, but took me somewhat by surprise—i think i'd been expecting more of a self-help book shot through with literary references and psychological and sociological research.
the author writes, at the end:
At its base, this is not a bo...more
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!
I was put in mind of this classic little children's poem while reading "Wintering," which is essentially the poem in book form ... but without the rhyming and with a good deal more whining.
Sometimes when I read something only to find that it was not at all what I was expecting, I find that I managed to fo ...more
The book is broken up into the months from early hints of winter (September) to full blown winter to the vestiges/remnants of winter and the hearkening of spring (March). The author writes about her own personal winter…she has learned over time to take rough weather (negative events) that occurs to her or to others around her and accept the ...more
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