Sunday September 20, 2020

Hard to go wild about this messianic message

Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding by George Monbiot. Allen Lane, €25.20. Reviewed by Kevin Power.

6th July, 2013
George Monbiot makes a compelling case, but with too much wide-eyed fervour. Photo: James Duncan Davidson


If you were to mulch together a dozen back issues of the Guardian, add a couple of Greenpeace leaflets and serve the resulting compost with a good old healthy dose of bright-eyed evangelical fervour, you might come close to approximating the substance of George Monbiot's strange new book.

Equal parts memoir and manifesto, Feral is an eco-tract with a difference. Its ostensible subject is "rewilding", a relatively new concept in environmental thinking that proposes "the...

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