The River by Helen Humphreys (189)

This is one of the most wonderful books that I read over the past few weeks. It is a book about nature and for nature lovers.

I just love landscapes. And this book is beaming with intricate art work that is as brilliant as it is colourful and soulful!

We tend to look at landscapes and expect them to do something for us. But what if we looked at a landscape without any expectations or assumptions?

For more than a decade, celebrated writer Helen Humphreys has owned a small waterside property on the headwaters of the Napanee River in Ontario.

In the watchful way of an artist, she has studied her little piece of the river through the seasons and the years, cataloguing its changes, the plants and creatures that live in and around it, the ways human usage has affected its banks and river bed.

The result is this wonderful book. It is moving and gorgeous. It is a nonfiction book about the natural history and full-colour original photographs. It is a work of startling originality that is sure to become a new Canadian classic.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves art, poetry, and nature.

Irene S. Roth


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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