This is a quirky little book– but amazing. Written by Joshua Kadison (who also happens to be a musician of moderate fame in the early 1990’s), the book is in the form of a “discovered journal” about the experience of a young man sent to scout an island for a canning company. Once there, the young man, J, frequently encounters a native elder (Katchumo) who imparts wisdom in Zen-like fashion (my favorite being when J gets drenched in a rainstorm and Katchumo says, “Perhaps you are trying to dodge the raindrops. Walk through the space between them.”) It is a delightful and thoughtful story of self-discovery and simplicity. And you’ll never think of mangoes the same way again.
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