I am so glad I found this forum. I thought maybe I was losing my mind. I had heard so many great things about Macfarlane - rave reviews, awards..- so ordered a copy of The Wild Places..... my review? Let’s put it this way, Macfarlane sounds like the kind of guy who could clear a room in a minute flat. Boring as hell!!! The writing is turgid, overblown, ostentatious , wordy, contrived, At one point, he meets an interesting Scottish forester named Angus who invites him to go trout fishing the next morning. But does RM talk about the guy? Does he relate any nuggets of wisdom? Does he fk. He talks about how the sunlight dances off the surface of the stream... and even talks about fkn “photons”. He kills everything with his ridiculous descriptions and fatuous analogies
He’s boring. He looks boring. And he wears padded body warmer vests indoors.