Fascinating insight whether your are a gardener, hiker or farmer. There is a sense of wonder and hope throughout the book that keeps you from backsliding into despair, given all he poor choices mankind has made over the centuries. Those looking for activism should look elsewhere, that is not the tone of the book. I usually find "systems thinking" boring for any topic, but it works really well here. The small physical size of the book was a welcome change. I have not read one since Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture". We need more non-fiction books in this format. This new knowledge will definitely slow down my walks through forests, and that's a good thing.
Absolutely fascinating! I have to admit I was initially thrown by the description of "mother trees" and "children" trees but treating trees like people does revolutionize the way one looks at trees and the forest. The writing is engaging, captures your imagination but also is backed by solid, fascinating science, he paints a picture of very complex, interdependent living community. Really worth reading! A walk in the forest will never be the same.
I thought it to be terribly, terribly repetitive, self-serving and unremarkable as the perspective of one who has made his living in the company of trees. I expected a lot more. It didn't deliver on the convincing theory of trees as a community, a society unto themselves. Would definitely NOT recommend this book. I actually dragged myself through it, waiting for it to get better; It didn't. I believe that at some level the writer does really feel he loves trees but what we heard of mostly was his experience (as he often titled it) of "managing" the forest. I'm sorry. I might have been looking for something else, something that really honoured the trees instead of looking at them as (constantly-mentioned) "manageable" things.
It is hard to believe this beautifully written book is a translation. The prose is impeccable and the explanations of even the most scientific information are clearly and simply presented. I've been living surrounded by natural forest since 2001 and have always felt a certain agelessness when walking in the woods. In my younger days of canoe camping, I always felt at home in the woods. This book has helped me understand why.
I really love this book. I have for a long time believed that trees are truly living, breathing forms of life and this writer brings that to life for me. He is a forrester in Germany and travels thru forests in Europe. He describes the intricate way in which everything is connected and bound together. He describes the way trees "communicate, care for the young, fend off predators" and much much more. It completely changes how you will see trees and also the critical importance of forests. And yes when I described what I was reading my friend got a strange look in her face but his book is steeped in science.My respect and awe for the soil when I garden has deepened. Like I said I love this book!
This book reveals so much about the secret lives of one of our most wonderful resources .THE TREES! My congrats to the publisher(s) who published this book. Even more congrats to the writers and collaborators who contributed toward making this book understandable, entertaining and knowledgeable for my neophyte knowledge about trees and their lives on our planet. I'm from the Plains states of north America and longed always for more trees in a place that is somewhat harsh for trees other than the most hardy against high winds, scorching summers, dry falls, and harsh winter conditions.. Trees are totally remarkable with all of their well kept secrets now revealed, at least in part through this book. And thanks also to Dr. Simard of Univ. British Columbia for her contributions as well as the others who helped the author. A superlative effort all the way around.. Thank you.. I'll probably have more praise when I finish it.MEANWHILE, look for me with my nose in this book.
As a horticulturist myself, I know much of what Peter refers to to be true. I am truly lucky to work on a property which has some rare, localized stands of oak, and I help to maintain the property that they reside upon. I have worked around and with them for almost 20 years, and they never cease to instill a wonder in me. I found that this book put so clearly into words something I think most folks with a horticulture background already knew, that trees live a social life not entirely unlike our own, but often over a much larger span of time. Mr. Wohllebens’ narrative and explanation serves to almost humanize the plant world. I loved this book!
This book shows trees as creatures, rather than just decoration or things that stay in one place and don't move. If you are a vegetarian, you probably SHOULD NOT READ THIS. Ignorance will be bliss. Because, if trees are just as alive as any other animal, and can talk to each other, what are you going to eat...? I've already said too much! Please enjoy your salad =D