We Ve All Got One A Secret, Special Place Hidden Enclosed A Little Greener And Fertile Than The World Outside Here The Birds Are Slightly Exotic, Slightly Confiding, The Grass Greener And The Fruit Sweeter To Know Such A Place, To Love Such A Place, Is Part Of Being Human Sometimes It S A Place Of Myth, Like The Garden Of Eden Sometimes It Exists In Fictional Form, Like Narnia Or Shangri La Sometimes It Comes In Memories Of A Golden Day In Childhood, Or In A Glorious, Doomed Love Affair Sometimes It S A Real Place That We Daren T Go Back To, For Fear That It Or We Had Changed And Just Occasionally It S A Real Place A Place Where You Leave A Small Piece Of Your Heart And Return As Often As You Can So As Not To Lose It It S A Place Of Privilege Simon Barnes Found Such A Place When He Woke In His First Morning In The Luangwa Valley In Zambia To Find Elephants Eating The Roof Of His Hut It Was A Homecoming, And He Has Been Faithful To That Passion Ever Since Here He Has Known Peace, Danger, Discomfort, Fear And A Profound Sense Of Oneness With The Valley, With All Nature And With The World With The Valley He Found Completion This Book Explores The Special Places Of The Mind And The World, With Special Reference To The Luangwa Valley And The Glorious Support Of The Valley S Great Artist, Pam Carr It S A Book About The Quest For Paradise, And The Eternal Human Search To Find Such A Paradise Everywhere A very good read A new favorite I traveled with him, through his writing and his heart, to the places and creatures he visited and loved Thank you, Simon Barnes.
This beautiful book is a vacation in Africa Wallow in it or take small sips, made easy by many short chapters Barnes takes you into the wild and let s you feel reborn, than memoir or travelogue This is like a journal than anything other kind of writing, but unexpected lyrical and erudite A surprising joy to read.
I m not an impartial reader as South Luangwa is also my Sacred Combe, the place that makes my heart smile I can t really say if others will get the full impact of the book but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This book is a pleasure to read it contrasts very special places in England and Africa.
It made me realise we all have our sacred Combe.
I enjoyed all the little details and the descriptions of scenes.
Not at all what I expected from the preview but a very interesting and well written book.