Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place

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9781847086280: Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place
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'Fascinating and hauntingly evocative... Philip Marsden has written a truly wonderful and enjoyable book' --Jan Morris, Literary Review

'Equally entertaining and enlightening... Marsden's references are glittering. This is a timely volume, describing in beautiful prose the opulence of our natural and human fabric. Guaranteed to fill the windows of Cornish bookshops, it is a superb and educative work which should be read everywhere' --Horatio Clare, Independent

'With an astonishingly keen eye for detail and a beguiling gift for the description of landscape... This is an extraordinary, complex and fascinating book. It is not just about Cornwall; it is also about the human endeavour to make meaning of life' --Justin Cartwright, Spectator

'Marsden is a born writer. Elegance seems as natural to his prose as the breeze from the west to his adopted homeland. He wears his learning lightly, and his curiosity is boundless' --Sunday Telegraph

'It is Marsden's close attention to the immediacy of his experience - the shape of the particular hill, the sound of the curlew's cry in the early hours, the feel of heather crunching beneath his feet - that keeps him, and us, interested in this journey' --Financial Times

'His writing weaves cultural and natural history in a book which is both memoir and travelogue. Every rock, hill and cliff holds a tale or a legend and Rising Ground shows that such landscapes are not just close to our hearts but are a crucial part of our culture too' --Geographical Magazine

'Marsden has a gift, not only for language and metaphor, but also for imagining places as they have felt to others. Marsden recreates their works - and in the process, finds a Cornwall of his own' --Economist

'Marsden's often solo walk is described in such evocative detail readers can envisage the rough Cornish landscape without previous knowledge of it. His probing yet conversational writing style includes an excellent command of simile. Both informative and entertaining' --Irish Examiner

'His writing is just so good. Short, pacey chapters and an intimate and aphoristic style complement his powerful evocation of different terrains' --Guardian

'Pitch-perfect prose' --'Book of the year' in the Scotsman

'Marsden writes with charm and passion… Its conclusions come in vivid epiphanies scattered throughout the text. Rising Ground… wears its philosophy lightly and informs as it entertains. It is beautifully written, and a labour of love' --Times Literary Supplement

'The beauty of Marsden's book is that, although it is thoroughly researched and rigorously argued, it comes across as the result of experience, the close frequenting of that characterful region….The extraordinary richness of daily perceptions and antiquarian knowledge assembled in Rising Ground never feels like a tray of specimens laid out for inspection' --London Review of Books

'The most incredible book'

'From one of the most celebrated non-fiction writers working today, Rising Ground takes the reader on a powerfully evocative walk through Cornwall's ritual sites and explores the profound relationship between man and landscape'-- Western Morning News

'Marsden's beautiful search for the spirit of a place, [in] Rising Ground, [makes it] a book that is genuinely essential for all of us, from whom place is being stolen on a daily basis.' -- John Burnside, the Independent --Clare Balding, BBC Radio Ramblings

'The beauty of Marsden's book is that, although it is thoroughly researched and rigorously argued, it comes across as the result of experience, the close frequenting of that characterful region….The extraordinary richness of daily perceptions and antiquarian knowledge assembled in Rising Ground never feels like a tray of specimens laid out for inspection' --London Review of Books

Reseña del editor:

Nearly as old as the hills themselves are the man-made monuments that dot their slopes: the cairns, burial chambers, and stone circles that seem to mark out, in some mysterious way, man's relationship to the landscape. We do not know what impulse drove our earliest ancestors to cluster boulders and prop slabs against the skyline, but as successive generations have stood before these strange stones and pondered their origins, such sites have been imbued with significance and overlaid with myth. In Rising Ground, Philip Marsden sets out on foot to explore the power of the landscape and the continuing hold it has upon our imagination. Starting in Bodmin Moor and moving westward along the narrowing Cornish peninsula to Land's End with a growing awareness of the great ocean beyond, Marsden travels an ancient route of pilgrimage towards the setting sun, rehearsing the soul's passage after death. Along the way, he seeks out others whose have felt similarly compelled by the landscape, from Geoffrey of Monmouth and the inventors of the Arthurian legends to Tudor topographers and 18th century antiquarians; and from Romantic scholars to post-industrial poets, abstract painters, and new-age seekers. As he camps on clifftops, criss-crosses the moors, and digs around in the archives, Marsden reflects on the spirit of place, asks how we are shaped by our connection to the landscape, and takes us right to the heart of what it means to belong.

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