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Posted August 24, 2001
This is the most spiritual book put out by Daniel Quinn since The Story of B. It is original and not at all a re-hashment of his previous books. Basically, it is about a man, born in about 2040 who lives in a world that goes backwards from 2040 to 1990 to 1492 to 10,000 BC (get the idea?). The universe came to its conclusion and now is going the other way! As it goes backwards, there are major revelations about our world-- the one that goes forwards. There are notions in this book that can only be thought of when you imagine world history in reverse. But these ideas are essential to seeing how things really are. This book deals with our origins, our past, and our future using a concept that as far as I know has rarely, if ever been used in literature. This book is not new age baloney, but down-to-earth reality. It's one of Daniel Quinn's best books and may be a book you can use with your children to introduce them to a different way of seeing the world (but by no means a children's book). The artwork in this book is beyond words-- the colors, the people, the landscapes. On a final note, this book-- for me-- took away the fear of death like no other I've ever read. I don't know if Quinn had this intention or even the idea that this book could do this, but it does. It makes clear where we truly came from and where we are truly going. Not the simplistic and silly notions of Heaven and Hell, but to our home, a home we've always been in, and a home where we will always remain. This may be the most thoughtful graphic novel ever produced and is most definately inspirational animism at it's best!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.