I’m just going to start off with this: Wow.. just wow. I had NO idea there could be so much information, speculation and history about something so small, something in which is all around us in many forms, something in which (as i eat my bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, flax and chia seeds in it..) we may unknowingly overlook everyday.
And this book “The Triumph of Seeds” by Thor Hanson will quickly take the ‘overlooking’ out of your day.
You will find that seeds are just as complicated, and fascinating as they may have once seemed simple and boring to you. I have thrown many seeds into dirt, between landscaping and gardening; but only now do I find myself looking a little closer at exactly what is occurring as they sprout. I find myself inspecting them before I plant them, even wondering how long they have sat dormant before I put them into the ground.
Did you know that “Some species persist in the soil for decades, sprouting only when the right combination of light, water and nutrients make conditions right for plant growth.” p.xxiv
When I started writing this, there was at least a foot of fresh snow on the ground with more in the forecast and the animals were heading back to doing whatever it is they do during this time of the year. Yet a week ago it was pushing 60 degrees in winter and I was in a t-shirt dreaming of small mouth bass fishing.
I began wondering if they were now suddenly confused. Did they animals start to think it was the beginnings of spring? Hungrily eating all of what they had stored in joy, hopping out of their shelter in anticipation that it was April. Only to find that when the temperature dropped to a chilly 10 degrees the next day, they would return to their barren dens, and immediately question those poor life decisions they made in haste? Or did they know better. Did they instinctively know that this was just a freak occurrence? Just a brief three day warm up so they can look for stale bagels and old french fries at the bottom of a parking lot dumpster in suburbia?
For some of us the idea of expanding our knowledge is so great that it trumps everything else in the world, and this book is one of those must have in your library.
I’ve heard once or twice when I recommended this book to someone “what? but isn’t that too much information? maybe it’s a little bit overkill? How could somebody write such a huge book about something as little as caddisflies?”
and then… They opened it up 😍
This book is not told as the events happen, this book is told by the main character “Wolf “who has decided he can no longer keep secret anymore, the story of what happened up on the mountain and decides to write it down for his son to read.
This book reminds you just how little you know of another person and what is going on in their life. How put together somebody may seem on the outside has nothing to do with what is going on on the inside. And is one of those that you will re read later on so to get a better grip of what just went on in the pages when it was all over; and you sat there saying to yourself… “Holy crap.”
I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve heard from enough people and have been in enough book clubs, that I know readers who think a book isn’t as good if there isn’t some kind of an ending that makes you say “oh my god that was crazy wow holy crap what the?!” 😂 Not to say those aren’t… Continue reading Book Review: “Free Men”
This book takes place in upstate New York in the snow belt but has all the dangers of a family living in the western plains. When the wife returns to her family’s remote homestead in far upstate New York in a snowstorm to find four of her five children and her husband shot dead and… Continue reading The Kept: A book review