This Early Work By Edward Thomas Was Originally Published In 1916 And We Are Now Republishing It With A Brand New Introductory Biography The Icknield Way Is One Of Thomas S Essays On Travel Philip Edward Thomas Was Born In Lambeth, London, England In 1878 His Parents Were Welsh Migrants, And Thomas Attended Several Schools, Before Ending Up At St Pauls Thomas Led A Reclusive Early Life, And Began Writing As A Teenager He Published His First Book, The Woodland Life 1897 , At The Age Of Just Nineteen A Year Later, He Won A History Scholarship To Lincoln College, Oxford Despite Being Less Well Known Than Other World War I Poets, Thomas Is Regarded By Many Critics As One Of The Finest. I got a wonderful old copy of this from the Wellesley College library through interlibrary loan Wanted to read it because of MacFarland s marvelous book about walking, but this didn t work for me There are almos
Edward Thomas Icknield Way is a study in modern travel, in that reading it, one can easily grasp the influential meat that inspired modern travel writers such as Bill Bryson, Robert MacFarlane, and that ilk Thomas illustrates his travel along what is perhaps England s oldest road in four comp0nents per chapter.Description Thomas, a keen observer, records every tree, flower, field, as well as Every Single Pub along his way While it is understandable the author wished to preserve the physical aspects of the road in written record, reading the rambling lists of flora and domestic fauna and now defunct public houses grows tiresome to the reader This is easily the dullest aspect of the work, for which I award the book zero stars.Interaction More interesting than the bits of plant and soil Edward records is his interactions with countryfolk along the way, which ranges between admiration, pity, and pure disdain I consider these encounters far valuable than the natural records After all, the same patches of flowers in some places still grow The exact same trees that Thomas sat under STILL stand in many cases The people, however, are long since passed on, as is their culture and way of life This portrait of a bygone civilisation or less strikes nostalgia in the modern reader, whom will never know or experience long for
Reading this on the iPad with a pretty ordinary conversion, didn t really help.
- 342 pages
- The Icknield Way. with Illus. by A.L. Collins
- Edward Thomas
- 10 September 2018 Edward Thomas