Sack’s Fern Journal

8 Apr

Oaxaca Journal by Oliver Sacks is of a piece with all the others I have read by him.  Not that this one is about neurological problems, or his history.  No, it is an erudite travel journal about a fern-hunting holiday in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

What is wonderful about this book is it is like listening to an intelligent friend as lots of interesting ideas come and go through his mind.  Like an interesting, free-flowing  conversation on many topics: ferns and other plants, yes, but also chemical composites,  Meso-American history, chocolate, odd foods, types of hallucinogens, people watching,  architecture, social commentary, mythology, and one of the oldest trees in the world.


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