David H. Keith
on Oct. 2, 2012 :
I must say I enjoyed reading about naturism, although I found the book itself tedious - more about that later. I have felt as Harding does about nudity, although I've not yet had the courage to live the life. That's my failing. I agree with him that naturism is, well, the natural way of life, any puritanical rantings notwithstanding. There was a time when nudity was the only option.
I, too, would rather be "dressed" by the sun or the moon than any fabric. He is spot on, to, that the naturist lifestyle is truly egalitarian, which may be one reason would-be despots rail so mightily against it.
With that said, there is a problem which, as a professional editor, I feel merits serious consideration. To be quite blunt, Harding really should fire his "proofreader" forthwith. If this is indicative of that person's "work," then I must seriously question said person's literacy. The book is filled with the most egregious grammatical and other errors; even taking into consideration that it was written in British English, the grammatical errors are unforgivable.
And that's really too bad because Harding does have some good ideas and thoughts. As the book is now, he loses a great deal of his message because of the poor grammar. And he loses points from me. For his message, five stars. For horrid presentation, minus three stars. Total: two stars.
I would strongly suggest that Harding take this to a proper proofreader and republish. He does have a most cogent point and I agree with that wholeheartedly.
David H. Keith
(review of free book)