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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. It is hard to believe that this story is true, but even harder to believe that Watson made it up. It is a haunting, beautiful, captivating book that opens up the vistas of human experience shut off to us by religion and modernity. Nov 26, zogador rated it really liked it. It's hard to forget some of the spiritual messages conveyed in this story of one man's time spent among the isolated island natives of Indonesia.
The fascinating thing is that these truths are the same facts which are known to all quickly disappearing native cultures around the world. People which live in a traditional spirit based way, at one with nature, seem to have the ability to gain valuable insights about life from their dreams and even precognitions.
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Something which modern man can no lon It's hard to forget some of the spiritual messages conveyed in this story of one man's time spent among the isolated island natives of Indonesia. Something which modern man can no longer do. This book discusses a number of unusual phenomena which evade the proof of scientific method.
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There may be a number of occurrences in the world which don't fit into the scientific model of logic an yet at the same time are not untrue. The only weak point of the book is when the author tries to examine these phenomena from a scientific stand-point and then digresses into discussions of things like dousing and spoon-bending. If you like this kind of reading about the wisdom of older cultures, there are several other books which are just as captivating. The last book listed is fictional. View 1 comment. This was my favourite book of all time when I read it in I reread it over the last few days to use some quotations in a journal I was making an entry in, and it is still my favourite book of all time.
I didn't get on with most of Lyall Watson's books, but this one and Lightning Bird ahd enough story running through to hold my attention, and the story it weaves is magical. I liked the ants that track across the pages too. I don't want to give any of the story away, so I'll just say, if you This was my favourite book of all time when I read it in Mar 11, Fred Mindlin rated it it was amazing. Extraordinary tale of transcending preconceptions. Aug 10, Mel rated it it was amazing. Jan 30, Loly rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-favorites. It took me months to finish it. But this book is too engaging to have the same treatment.
My first reaction when I reached the last page was burst into tears. God knows what brings me to tha It took me months to finish it. God knows what brings me to that. After all, the ending was not so much unpredictable.
Yet knowing that it is not a fictitious story, the reader constantly push into questioning would it be possible, can it be oh please just one more miracle attitude to the very last page. It all started from a little voyage that went to an adventurous spiritual journey of Dr. His scholarly thinking history as biologist grounded him to have a logical explanation on every natural phenomenon he experienced before.
But stranding him self, far away in a remote little Island nowhere to be found in a map scratch a completely new man, he never thought existed deep inside of him. His days on the island, hardship interaction with its people, tradition, mystical being, were the frame of what he brought to the readers. This is a story about belief. Dr Watson fascination of one peculiar young dancer of the island, named Tia —btw, I love her name - captivated him to see the beauty of inner-relationship between human and nature.
I know something is magic with Tia when I read how this 11 years old explained about names and color.
By the time I reached the part of her pampering a dying whale, I knew I had fall for this little girl. She brings me a feeling I imagined also felt by Dr. Watson more than 40 years a go, when the moment actually happened. A feeling, that no matter what, we are all particles of one universe. Thus, we are all connected.
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She was singing to him. Singing one of the soft, sad songs in the old language. She was keeping him company in the dark hours of his long and lonely death. Sitting in for the other whales who, if he had been dying in the deeps, would have borne him to the surface on their fins, helping him to breathe and see, easing his passage with their sympathy and song.
This child, in her innocence, was doing the proper thing. I in my rage and futility, and Marduk in his righteous propriety, had missed the point altogether. Not how to move the whale, or how to move the people; but how to be kind and to keep in touch. A way of reaching out in empathy to the biggest brain on the planet. I hung back in the shadows and watched them for a while, a child and a whale in communion.
Nov 05, Pilar rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think part of the power of this book was that the supernatural elements, the parts that are a harder to reconcile with, grew in scope as the story unfolded. When you start reading something as non-fiction, and approach something that might be outside the realm of widely acceptable truth, it is easier for the reader to accept those occupancies as happenings of nonfiction when they are small at first.
I had no trouble accepting Tia's sight or healing powers.
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Nor did I really question the startin I think part of the power of this book was that the supernatural elements, the parts that are a harder to reconcile with, grew in scope as the story unfolded. Nor did I really question the starting of fire or other small out of the ordinary occupancies.
However, raising a man from the dead? Pulling one's own eyeball from its socket? These were elements I had a much harder time with. Much of the science was completely over my head. The way he applied it to situations and explained the logic of connections was very much understandable and made sense to me. However, those statements and the connections he drew relied a great deal on the assumptions that such theories are indeed viable and are able to be applied in such situations.
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And that, unfortunately, is not something I have the background to determine.