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To The River
To The River: A Journey Beneath the Surface | Olivia Laing
9 posts | 5 read | 13 to read
To the River is the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One idyllic, midsummer week over sixty years later, Olivia Laing walked Woolf's river from source to sea. The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape - and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love.
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amyrohn
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Finally finished my first nonfiction read of the year! I haven‘t been feeling super motivated to read lately so this one took me much longer than it normally would, but I really enjoyed it. Laing‘s writing is beautiful and her nature descriptions are so vivid. I liked all the history of the landscape that was interwoven with her journey.

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amyrohn
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The language of this book is so breathtakingly beautiful. I love landscapes and nature and the way Laing describes them makes them seem otherworldly. Really enjoying this so far.

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amyrohn
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One of my big 2019 reading goals is to read more nonfiction, because I currently read none, so I‘m starting with this one! This one called to me because I‘m drawn to anything relating to water (I‘m a Pisces so duh) and because I wrote my thesis on Virginia Woolf. Excited for this new adventure!

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WanderingBookaneer
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TheBookDream I see single quotation marks! I'm interested 👍👍 2y
kathedron I love this one (I've read it twice). ❤ 2y
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kathedron
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At a painful juncture in her life, Olivia Laing took it upon herself to walk the Sussex Ouse from source to sea. The resulting book is a powerful meditation on how the past dwells in landscape and is part memoir, part biography (Virginia Woolf is a recurring presence) and part natural history. She definitely doesn't take the Roman road approach: she meanders, to her own and her reader's advantage. She has a fine turn of phrase, too. #reread

Balibee146 This book was one of my first posts on Litsy.... Will read it before the year is out 😀 2y
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kathedron
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I'm really enjoying this re-read! Though now seems like a good moment to switch to Serial Reader for a while to catch up with Ulysses. (I've fallen behind with it as it's not exactly my favourite book.) #readathon

Balibee146 I have this book waiting for the right mood to take me 😃 2y
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Balibee146
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This looks good! #TBRsomeday

kathedron That's one I want to re-read ('cause a huge heap of books I haven't yet read isn't enough: I have a TR-R stack, too). 2y
Balibee146 @River_Voice lol me too. 2y
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librarydebster
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Great book about the author's journey along an English river. #bookinvolvingtravel #popsugarchallenge

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Balibee146
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