At a party this past weekend, I was telling a friend, very enthusiastically, about the book I am listening to when she asked if I was going to blog about it. It had never occurred to me. She said my readers might like to know, so here I am!!
I read, a lot!! Always have and hope to be doing it to my last hours. There are so many fabulous books but unfortunately there are way too many really crappy books (how do they get published? I wonder). I usually only read something I have seen a review for unless I know the author. This is the first in what will invariably be a large category; I love sharing great books!
I will preface this review with a warning. If you are offended by atheism you may decide this book is not for you.
[An aside: My rule of thumb for a book I am not sure about is to read 100 pages or one third of the book whichever is larger. This advice (cannot remember who gave it to me) has been really helpful over the years and allowed me to complete books I wanted to quit in the first few chapters.]
The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins
The author states that the book is meant for 12 year olds and up. It certainly feels appropriate for children and I wish it had been available when we homeschooled as it does such a beautiful job of explaining evolution, atomic theory, rainbows and much more.
There are many myth stories intertwined throughout the book but the book rests firmly in the belief that the reality is magical enough to satisfy even the most ardent story-lover. (And I certainly felt awe as I learned about sound and quarks.)
Most of the book is an absolute joy and I laughed in delight more than a few times. Occasionally, it feels a little pedantic and may even approach condescension at times.
I love when I read something that is as educational as it is entertaining. It doesn’t happen often enough. Apparently the illustrations of the book are also wonderful so I will be requesting it from the library to browse again.
Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.