This extraordinary novel in the form of a "discovered journal" tells the story of J., a young botanist who is sent to the remote tropical island of Sakahara to explore the possibility of installing a mango cannery for a multinational corporation. J. has every intention of collecting the necessary samples, writing a report, and returning home to collect his paycheck. But a series of "chance" encounters with an island sage names Katchumo send these plans totally awry. The old man's Buddha-like habit of distilling perfect pearls of wisdom forces J. to question everything from his association with the canning company to his perception of the world around him. With humor and compassion, Katchumo teaches J. the mysterious beauty of simple pleasures as he reveals the seventeen ways.
An enchanting story about one man's discovery of life's elusive secrets, SEVENTEEN WAYS TO EAT A MANGO inspires us to embrace the magic in our own lives.