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Whether that is a good reason to read it is up to you
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2018
This book will change you. Whether that is a good reason to read it is up to you, which, is a tragedy of sorts. I am an anomaly who reads about 100 books a year. I rarely have read such a transfixing blend of prose, poetry and scientific exploration in one volume. The author seems to be a rare creature with the heart of a mystic, the eye of a scientist, and this mission of a farmer whose crop is sentience. “How aware can you be?” is an open-ended question. How aware you wish to be is a primary thesis of the book. In a similar way to James Joyce’s “ULYSSES,” the author invites you to see the multiplicity of layers in who we are, what the world is, and how we are united. There is of course a “good news/bad news” aspect to this. In becoming aware of how we are recklessly, myopically changing the planet, we risk becoming aware that this is a type of self-destruction, and who wants to admit to that? The author however is not a screeching preacher, nor a cooing “for-profit-prophet” who feels rhizomes should get the right to vote. I fear creatures like the author are as endangered as the other life forms at risk in her narrative. To the extent spiritual traditions convey wisdom, one thing is for sure: most people dislike true prophets; those whose very existence is a message. This author realizes we can never change another without changing ourselves. She renders herself vulnerable in the text but, not for the point of biography, rather for the larger point that what happens to her happens in an ecosystem in which we are all living organisms; Those of us with any semblance of sentience carry an obligation – to care for the fragile planet of which we are part as well as each other. This is the mystical take-away. I was “happier” prior to reading the book; now I feel I may have a chance at living with some integrity if I allow myself to be changed to action. Resourceful action in my sphere of influence. As I noted, this book will change you and I hope as many people as possible risk the change by reading it. Time, to the extent it is real, is running out.