- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Dutton; Translation edition (June 5 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1524743747
- ISBN-13: 978-1524743741
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 277 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs Hardcover – Jun 5 2018
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“A guidebook on how everything we need to know about the weather can be learned by paying close attention to our natural surroundings in general and our gardens in particular…You'll never look at your garden the same way again.”
“Wohlleben’s insightful observations of nature, combined with his signature blend of science and imagination, invite us into deeper relationship with the ecology of our homes.”
—David George Haskell, Pulitzer finalist and author of The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees
“For a society increasingly distanced from nature, Wohlleben renews our appreciation of the wonderful and varied ties between the living and nonliving worlds, including those that bind our favorite plants and animals with that most familiar of all
physical entities, the weather.”
—Bill Streever, nationally bestselling author of Cold
About the Author
Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally friendly woodland, where he is working toward the return of primeval forests, as well as caring for both wild and domestic animals.
Wohlleben has been celebrated for his distinctive approach to writing about nature; he brings to life groundbreaking scientific research through his observations of nature and the animals he lives among.
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Wohlleben does write with acuity about the need for human beings to reintegrate with the natural world and get out of the artificial technological ecosystems we spend so much of our life in. He provides many suggestions on how to read and interpret nature from southerly winds to different kinds of birds. But the presentation is more of various factoids than of synthesis.
While the genius of the Hidden Life of Trees consisted of synthesizing and popularizing a wealth of scientific material and personal experience running counter to our common sense impressions, The Weather Detective has none of this structure. As mentioned, much of it just deals with organic gardening practices. This is great if you maintain a garden but obviously not as interesting if you do not.
In short, though the book does contain a lot of wisdom on how to read and understand nature I wouldn’t recommend it unless you garden and are interested in a more scientific understanding of gardening. While not a waste of time for other readers, the book is too unstructured—and doesn’t even have the same elan—to compare favorably with Wohlleben’s earlier mini-classic.
The only problem with Wohllbean’s discussion of the weather is that in he discusses European weather rather than what we experience in the US. However, what he says about where weather comes from can be translated usefully to the US. The book also has interesting information about pests in the garden and discusses aspects of the weather. I found the formation of hail particularly interesting.
Wolhllbean talks about sensitizing us to how what we do affects the environment. Most of us wouldn’t think about it, but painting your garden furniture with wood preservative means the stain will wash away if the furniture is left our during the year allowing the chemicals to seep into the soil. Chemicals in the soil will affect insects and worms some of which you want to foster in your garden. A better idea is to use natural pigments or more durable wood.
If you are a gardener, this is a good book. You may know or practice many of Wohllbean’s recommendations, but I’m sure you’ll find new interesting ideas.
I received this book from Dutton for this review.