John fowles 19262005 is widely regarded as one of the preeminent english novelists of the twentieth century his books have sold millions of copies worldwide been turned into beloved films and been popularly voted among the 100 greatest novels of the century to a smaller yet no less passionate . John fowles is a novelist i have admired since his first novel this long essay contains some very beautiful writing particularly from page 67 to the end 91 the essay is primarily devoted to fowles concern that most of us have lost sight of the forest for the tree and the tree for its names and catalogs of its functions. I have not read the fowles book i will one for you to read if you havent already mi primo to commemorate arbor day in april is the hidden life of trees what they feel how they communicate discoveries from a secret world by john wohlleben. John fowless the tree is a humble revolt against usefulness i picked up john fowless the french lieutenants woman in a bargain bin last summer it was so brilliant that i quickly read . John fowles is a master of style evident in the ease with which he transforms the abstract into the highly tangible without sacrificing any of the subtleties christian science monitor the tree is part memoir part explanation and part warning one of the most beautiful succinct and prescient pieces of writing we have
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