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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies,…
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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other… (Original 2020; 2021. Auflage)

von Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Autor)

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Titel:World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other Astonishments
Autoren:Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Autor)
Info:Souvenir Press (2021), Edition: Main, 184 pages
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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments von Aimee Nezhukumatathil (2020)

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As a girl who spent a lot of time camping and hiking as a child, this book sang a song to my soul. The music of the authors life harmonized perfectly with the stories about nature. It spoke to me and I know it will be one I consult often. ( )
  KimZoot | Jan 2, 2022 |
This book is part memoir, part social commentary, part science/nature. All of these things blend together to show how the author has related to characteristics certain animals have throughout her life experiences, either in her own personal development or in social observation.

World of Wonders wasn’t life-changing for me, but it is unique, mostly relatable to me (the parts that weren’t super relatable for me were about being a parent, but I do think that if you ARE a parent it would likely resonate with you strongly), I really enjoyed the 80s nostalgia mingled in, and I was happy to see so many unusual animals showcased (like the vampire squid which I have adored since seeing it in a nature show many years ago)—I even learned about animals I had never heard of before, which was unexpected and fun.

My biggest complaint is the author’s writing style, which I also suspect is the main reason this book seems to be getting so much notoriety with the stacks and stacks of it I have seen at Barnes & Noble for months now.

It is that fanciful, stream-of-conscious, meandering, dream-like, poetic style that I personally find extremely difficult to read and digest, but that many people find engaging, delightful, and masterful. I have a very low tolerance for this writing style unless it is done well, and it is very rare that it is done well, in my opinion. The reason I dislike this style so much is that in my reading experience it tends to result in one or all of these issues:

- Awkward and nonsensical sentence structure that is not easily digestible
This not only makes the book difficult and time-consuming to read, but readers cannot understand what the author is saying and so their point is lost (which defeats the purpose of writing the book in the first place)

- A failure to evoke the feelings or atmosphere the author is trying so hard to create
I think many readers view this language style as weaving them seamlessly into the tapestry of world the author wants to them to get lost in, but for me it means I am constantly pulled out of that world only to end up tangled like a messy ball of yarn that’s been lost and forgotten at the bottom of my crafting bin for three years

- Unnecessary length
Sometimes astoundingly so, with dozens or hundreds of extra pages that add no value and even at times confuse the plot and interfere character development

In the case of World of Wonders, at least unnecessary length was not an issue. I was glad this was short, laid out in chunks, and based on real-life because if this were a lengthy fiction book I would have likely given up and labeled it trying-too-hard.

I stumbled a lot while reading this book and had to reread passages multiple times because they didn’t flow very well, which meant I could not fully appreciate what the author was trying to tell me and time and time again I was brought out of the book’s world to analyze the text in a technical way in an effort to understand it. A few times, I never actually got to a point where I understood some of the passages completely because my mind could not reconcile the bizarre phrasing or order of the words. Often, it just felt like there were entire words missing altogether, but I got the impression that this was not due to ineffective editing, more that it was purposeful because it is basically the author’s trademark style and what makes her writing hers.

I waivered on 3.5 stars because I was a little disappointed in this book for the above mentioned reasons after seeing all the hype around it. But, since that disappointment is mainly due to my very particular dislike of this writing style, it is a memoir so I can grant some leeway where writing style is concerned, and it is a unique perspective on life, I went with 4 stars.

Sidenote about one oddity: I am not sure if it was just my copy, which I did buy from Barnes & Noble several months ago so I know it’s legit, but near the end there are what appear to be angular photocopied edges on the pages, like a few of the pages had been created using an office copier and bound with other more professionally printed pages. I have never run into that before and have no explanation for it. As far as I could tell, it was not artistic license on the publisher or author’s part because there was no rhyme or reason to it and it only started near the end of the book and not on every page. ( )
  wordcauldron | Dec 22, 2021 |
Such beautiful writing. I have a newfound appreciation for some things I'd never even given much thought to before. ( )
  kordasix | Oct 31, 2021 |
I spent an exceptionally pleasant afternoon reading this gem by acclaimed poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders. Is there a "nature memoir" book category? She lovingly praises parts of nature that have struck her fancy.

"It is this way with wonder: it takes a bit of patience, and it takes putting yourself in the right place at the right time. It requires that we be curious enough to forgo our small distractions in order to find the world.

“How can one even imagine us getting back to a place where we know the names of the trees we walk by every single day? A place where “a bird” navigating a dewy meadow is transformed into something more specific, something we can hold onto by feeling its name on our tongues: brown thrasher. Or that “big tree”: catalpa. Maybe what we can do when we feel overwhelmed is to start small. Start with what we have loved as kids and see where that leads us.”

She uses these small starts to lead her to musing about their relationship to her life - as a child, as a mother, as a wife and as a poet. some of my favorite chapters were about potoos (little birds that eat mosquitoes), dragonfruit (a childhood delicacy) and fireflies, which take her in several directions. Flamingos remind her of nights joyfully dancing as a teen, and the fear of encountering a bad guy on the dark walk home. Some things remind her of her experiences as a brown girl among whites.

“I began scribbling in notebooks and notebooks, trying to write my way into being since I never saw anyone who looked like me in books, movies, or videos. None of this writing was what I would remotely call poetry, but I know it had a lyric register. I was teaching myself (and badly copying) metaphor. I was figuring out the delight and pop of music, and the electricity on my tongue when I read out loud. I was at the surface again. I was once more the girl who had begged my parents and principal to let me start school a whole year early. And I was hungry.”

This is one worth owning. Kudos to my bride for giving it to me. ( )
1 abstimmen jnwelch | Aug 2, 2021 |
Bits of biography poetically told against the construct of naturalist encyclopedia entries. I was mildly annoyed that the author used 'Western New York' throughout in describing where some of her observations are taking place rather than being location specific. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Jun 8, 2021 |
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Nakamura, Fumi MiniIllustratorCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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