I first listened to the book then had to get a hard copy. There were so many gems that I wanted to read them over and over. I suppose some people could hear this and walk away without feeling exuberant but I couldn't. I don't "do" caffeine anymore but I found this book made me more alert, passionate, and creative than any double espresso or other stimulant could ever hope to do. There are wonderful gems throughout the book, an excellent synthesis of research and traditional knowledge, a weaving of art, science, literature, history, and psychology. The third chapter on play was particularly inspirational for me as it inspired the overall concept for a participatory family gallery at a major art museum that I am developing. This is a book I will consult and re-read for years to come.
Middlemarch is one of my favorite novels. Eliot's writing is masterful and the story is powerful. However, I have to agree with Stephen King (in his book "On Writing" available unabridged at Audible and very good) that listening to an abridged version of any novel is just not worth the time and in my case, the money spent on it. There was so much left out of this version that I can't imagine how anyone not already familiar with the story could follow the odd skips in the plot line. Read the book instead!
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