Reviews for The Green Unknown

Reviews for The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills

“To Bryson and Durrell, I’m adding another name that’s now become a favorite of mine: Patrick Rogers. The Green Unknown, his slim little book about treks through Meghalaya’s Riwar area in search of ‘living root bridges’ is an amazingly entertaining and delightful memoir…there is a strong and deep sense of Rogers’s own love and affinity for the land and its people.”

Madhulika Liddel, author of the Muzaffar Jang series. Full review at goodreads

“This makes Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ sound like a Walk in the Park!”

Lisa from Full review here

“This book was absolutely captivating from beginning to end…. Patrick’s detailed descriptions of this beautiful land really made me feel like I was transported to another place. The people, the landscapes, the homes, the food, and the “living root bridges” (never heard of these before). I learned a lot reading this book and feel like I at least know a little more about I place I never even knew existed. Those are the best books!”

Wendy from Wall-to-wall books. Full review here

“Patrick Rogers writes in a direct, eloquent, extremely engaging manner. Calm and composed when describing the dangers he faced and certain unfortunate incidents and with the right amount of humour and always appropriate to the circumstances. I was particularly drawn to the amusing “kwai” chapter and, naturally, to the section dedicated to the supernatural beliefs of the people. Some of these myths were almost funny and others were eerie and terrifying.The description of the night when the different name songs were heard is a moment of incredible, tranquil beauty. It transported me there immediately as did the beautiful, vivid pictures that enrich each chapter.”

Amalia Gavea from The Opinionated Reader. Full review here

“I would recommend it to anyone travelling to this region, and to anyone with an interest in ecological solutions to issues in under-developed parts of the world. For the general audience, it allows you to travel and experience a place that you probably never heard of, and that in itself is a great thing.”

Sam Law from It’s Good to Read. Full review here

“When somebody says “living architecture,” I immediately have visions of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, specifically Lothlórien.  I’m fascinated by that sort of thing for a variety of reasons that I never thought probable.  For author and conservationist Patrick Rogers, it means truly living bridges — botanical architecture — and it means travelling to the remote jungles of the world to find them.  I don’t think I’ve even considered something like this before outside of a fantasy novel….To have a personal account of an adventure like this is truly awe-inspiring.  Accordingly, this book was an absolute joy to read on a number of levels.”

Troy from Knight of Angels. Full review here

“This book reminded me of the fun I had learning about other cultures in my college anthropology classes. I think it will appeal to anyone with a hunger for knowledge about the world and the diverse people who populate it.”

LR Braden from Ramblings From an Alternate Reality. Full review here

“I’ve always been fascinated by Asia, but India is a country I know far too little about. This book drew me in from the beginning and did not disappoint.”

Skyler Boudreau from Sky View Book Reviews. Full review here

“The book is a literal feast of experiences…A social anthropological buffet of sorts.”

Guy Austin from Mr. Heartright. Full review here

“This author describes the area in such detail you feel as if you are there!”

Julie Barret.

“Lots of interesting interactions with locals, notes about environment and wildlife – it had it all!”

Esmerelda Weatherwax from: The Weatherwax Report


“This is a fascinating book about a part of the world most folks know very little about, full of wonders like giant living root bridges and tribespeople whose names are songs. Rogers is often hilarious (and apparently borderline insane!) as he describes forays into remote Khasi villages, some of which have never seen a westerner. Touches upon natural beauty, tadpole-eating, WWE, and misadventures in betel nut appreciation!”

Moro Turkey

“I recommend this book to anyone interested in the world around us. Patrick has wonderful stories to tell of his adventurers and misadventures traveling in the great back of beyond in the remote hills and mountains of India. It’s a joy to read such scary and funny sometimes even heart warming tales of his time with John C. And Morningglory and all the others he encountered.”

B. Robin Kist