A review by cavalary
Viața secretă a copacilor by Peter Wohlleben

informative inspiring reflective sad fast-paced


[EN: (RO below)]
Reading this book shortly after Brilliant Green probably made me have an even better opinion of it, since it’s so much better. The author presents a lot of information at a rapid pace, but to some extent also wraps it in a narrative and helps the reader draw some mental images that make it that much easier to read and understand. Also, while making connections and returning to various matters when appropriate, he doesn’t dwell on any one issue, avoids “preaching” and, in fact, doesn’t insist on conclusions or interpretations. They do exist, but they’re usually just mentioned briefly, along with either a reference to either a study or a personal experience that supports them, or with the statement that they’re merely personal opinions, and then the author moves on.
The overall picture is rather sad, for both trees and people. In some ways, like understanding how hurt most trees are and how many are dying for periods ranging between years and centuries before they can no longer hold on, that’s unavoidable, since that’s life. And the unpleasant feelings generated by truly understanding that any proper rewilding, or in fact even the growth of pretty much any tree that actually develops properly, can’t be observed in one lifetime, and perhaps not even over a few generations, should likely be fought against, because they’re the result of selfishness. But seeing those periods of time as how long it’ll take to fix the damage and understanding how doomed and potentially harmful even well-intentioned efforts, like planting trees or creating urban green spaces, usually are is a painful reminder of how hopeless the situation is.
Otherwise, I find little to complain about when it comes to the book itself, except perhaps that it focuses too much on local matters and experiences but is presented as generally applicable. However, the translated edition that I read could have been adapted to some extent and it wasn’t, plus that there were a handful of obvious translation mistakes, so I wonder how many others I failed to notice.

Faptul ca am citit aceasta carte la scurt timp dupa Verde Uimitor probabil ca m-a facut sa am o opinie si mai buna despre ea, pentru ca e mult mai buna. Autorul prezinta multe informatii intr-un ritm alert, dar intr-o anumita masura le si imbraca intr-un narativ si ajuta cititorul sa deseneze niste imagini mintale care o fac sa fie cu atat mai usor de citit si inteles. De asemenea, desi face legaturi si se intoarce la diverse subiecte la momentele potrivite, nu insista pe nicio problema anume, evita "predica" si, de fapt, nu insista asupra concluziilor sau interpretarilor. Acestea exista, dar de obicei sunt doar mentionate pe scurt, impreuna ori cu o referinta la un studiu sau o experienta personala care le sustine, ori cu declaratia ca sunt doar opinii personale, iar apoi autorul trece mai departe.
Imaginea generala este destul de trista, atat pentru copaci cat si pentru oameni. In unele feluri, cum ar fi sa intelegi cat de raniti majoritatea copacilor sunt si cum multi sunt pe moarte pentru perioade cuprinse intre ani si secole pana cand nu mai pot rezista, asta nu se poate evita, fiindca asta-i viata. Si probabil ca ar trebui sa se lupte impotriva senzatiilor neplacute generate de intelegerea ca orice resalbaticire, sau de fapt chiar si cresterea cam oricarui copac care chiar se dezvolta cum ar trebui, nu poate fi observata intr-o viata, si poate nici macar pe parcursul catorva generatii, pentru ca sunt rezultatul egoismului. Dar sa vezi acele perioade de timp ca fiind cat ar dura sa reparam pagubele si sa intelegi cat de sortite esecului si potential daunatoare chiar si eforturile bine intentionate, ca plantarea copacilor sau crearea de spatii verzi urbane, sunt de obicei reaminteste dureros cat de lipsita de speranta e situatia.
Altfel, nu prea am de ce sa ma plang cand vine vorba de cartea in sine, exceptand poate ca se concentreaza prea mult pe probleme si experiente locale insa este prezentata ca general aplicabila. Totusi, editia tradusa pe care am citit-o ar fi putut fi adaptata intr-o anumita masura si n-a fost, plus ca au fost cateva greseli evidente de traducere, asa ca ma intreb cate altele n-am observat.