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Robert Bonnell, originally from California, has lived in a semi-troglo house in the Loire Valley since 2002. He has dragged his lovely wife Annette into more caves than she would like to remember.
on June 15, 2012 :
This is an unusual and compelling guidebook in that it is a pleasure to read even if you have no immediate plans to visit the area (I wish that I did, though!). A pleasant writing style guides you through this fascinating part of France, which abounds in a special type of man-made cave. The description of the geology as well as the engineering of the caves is never dry or dull- the writer manages to impart the knowledge in a smooth and enjoyable narrative. Much attention has been placed on the cave art found in other parts of France, but this is a welcome addition to the body of work that describes the unique interaction mankind has with caves (and in this area, humans are the only reason the caves even exist). Thank you for this lovely book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 11, 2012 :
Great book. Lots of fascinating information, and not just on caves. Thorough, erudite and witty. Wish I’d had this when I was in the Loire Valley.
(reviewed long after purchase)