I read and re-read this book as a child until (and after) the cover fell off my paperback copy. I used this audiobook version to introduce it to my own son, who was also captivated by the story.
Someday I will go to Iceland and look upon the icy volcanic landscape that has existed in my imagination since I was a kid.
I live in the same county as the authors and know many of the same farmers. It was enjoyable to read about their interactions at my local farmer's market and about attempts at cultivating many of the same crops I have tried to grow.
The Omnivore's Dilemma is the obvious comparison because of the subject matter but this book seemed much more personal to me. It is aptly subtitled as a memoir, for that is what it is.
Picking the garden on the way out the door to vacation. Been there, done that.
I don't know.
The Disappearing Spoon, which tells the story of the formation of Mendeleev's periodic table of the elements.
I enjoyed the scene where he nearly asphyxiated himself by mixing chemicals in his bedroom as a child. Any modern parent would surly take away all the chemicals. Sacks' parents promptly put him up in safer quarters and encouraged his experimentation. Surely he is a genius but this was a genius in parenting and trusting an obviously bright and driven child.
No, I enjoyed breaking it into parts as I drove to work each day.
It allowed me to experience growing up in many ways that were foreign to my actual experience. I learned about Detroit, Greece/Turkey, and hermaphrodites in a way that was far more memorable than doing actual research, yet it felt as though the writer knew these subjects thoroughly and brought them to light in the novel.
Cal/Calli/Calliope was so many characters in one that it feels dishonest to choose him/her, but it's true that nobody else outshines.
Few voices are up to a story like this with so many characters who are different but share a similar accent. It would have been easy to lump them all into a Greek accent but Tabori does a great job of giving personality to each one as individuals.
The reader's marvelous voice performance was terribly distracted by the insertion of musical interludes and embellishments that were not in the text.
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