Quotes

"I had little dubt that what I was witnessing on this beach was the inevitable conseguence of a hideous collision of cultures. When the instinctive, annual compulsion of seabirds to migrate met a vast, floating oil slick dumped at sea through human thoughlessness and greed, there was only one possible outcome: The utter and complete annihilation of those penguins. This would have been indescribably ghastly had it been the result of an accident. That it should be the result of deliberate actions taken in the full knowledge of a likely conseguences defied any kind of rationalism or acceptance"

[The penguin lessons - Tom Michell]

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Book review #1 - The penguin lessons

Author: Tom Michell
Year: 2015

This book speak about the astonishing friendship between an englishman who live in Arentina and Juan Salvador, the penguin who changed his life.

Tom is a teacher in an english school in Buenos Aires and, in a holiday in Uruguay, he find Juan mired in a oil puddle where all the other animals are dead.

Somehow Juan capture the attention of the guy who decide to bring the penguin with him with the idea to put him back into the sea the day after but we know that life is not always easy to plan and the penguin start a relationship with the man that decide to bring him in Argentina in a travel that can't be simply be defined epic.

In few time Juan Salvador is the mascotte of the school,he will leave his print into the life of the students, mostly of the shy Diego who will broke his shell thanks to the penguin.

But after all the most important fact about this friendship is the evolution of the point of view that Tom have about the mankind and the world.

In the title page is write "A true story". Well I smiled when I read for the first time but then I can say that is a kind of likely story even because is seasoned with reflections of the author about the impact of the man on the environment

I'd like to share an estract that I personally liked.

«I had little dubt that what I was witnessing on this beach was the inevitable conseguence of a hideous collision of cultures. When the instinctive, annual compulsion of seabirds to migrate met a vast, floating oil slick dumped at sea through human thoughlessness and greed, there was only one possible outcome: The utter and complete annihilation of those penguins. This would have been indescribably ghastly had it been the result of an accident. That it should be the result of deliberate actions taken in the full knowledge of a likely conseguences defied any kind of rationalism or acceptance»

I suggest this book because his go into a deep rank of arguments: Travel, friendship,ambientalism. Well, we can say that everyone could be happy.


-ldmarchesi

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