Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Second Nature: A Gardener's Education by Michael Pollan

 Summary from Goodreads:

In his articles and in best-selling books such as The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan has established himself as one of our most important and beloved writers on modern man’s place in the natural world. A new literary classic, Second Nature has become a manifesto not just for gardeners but for environmentalists everywhere. “As delicious a meditation on one man’s relationships with the Earth as any you are likely to come upon” (The New York Times Book Review), Second Nature captures the rhythms of our everyday engagement with the outdoors in all its glory and exasperation. With chapters ranging from a reconsideration of the Great American Lawn, a dispatch from one man’s war with a woodchuck, to an essay about the sexual politics of roses, Pollan has created a passionate and eloquent argument for reconceiving our relationship with nature. 

My Review:

What I Liked:

The Main Message. I liked his main Garden Ethic, that humans can create positive things in nature as stewards of the land.

The Images. He uses various metaphors to explain our connection to nature, the rose, the tree, and various others. He shows our imitate connection with the land.

The Writing. I connected with Pollan's writing style, it was a nice break from the common academic writing. It felt more like a memoir than a academic piece.

What I Disliked:

The length. I felt that some of the chapters could have been shorter or gotten to the point without listing some of the history (the chapter about Roses and plant catalogs).

Confusion. I struggled with parts of the text and I doubt I would have powered through some confusing chapters if I did not have to read it for class.

However, I recommend checking this out if you love gardening or nature it is a great novel in regards to the Nature writing genre.

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5 stars

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