Gods, Wasps and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees
They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers … rainforest royalty … more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story.
Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles in the dawn of civiliza...more
NOTE: I got an e-version of the British version of the book but it's published in the United States as Gods, Wasps, and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees.
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Who knew Fig trees could be so interesting?! I didn't for sure and was surprised by how much I found myself involved in the story of how a simple tree could affect so much over the years. The author has grouped information together in a really accessible way and gives a real insight into so man ...more
Story-telling, which is a way to communicate ideas and values is considered to be done in three styles from where I come. Firstly there are the scriptures that communicate to the listener as a teacher communicates to the student. Then there are mythological stories, which imbue closeness and the style of communication is that of a parent to an offspring. Epics and literature in general are most special and most effective because the ...more
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A thoroughly well researched and beautiful book with gorgeously stippled drawings of the world of fig trees. The importance of fig trees to humans fro ...more
This is a fascinating read; an incredibly detailed but accessible and engaging account of the mysteries of fig trees and their special relationship with humanity.
I'll be completely honest I had never really given much thought to figs, or where they came from. I recall being handed a bunch of them to try by a lovely Greek taverna owner in Zante, and that I ate them all, which later proved to not be my best decision (related - figs are great if you suffer a sluggish gut, not so great if you have I ...more
There is a message of hope in all of this made explicit in the final chapters, and a resonant ending and a warning that "we are ju ...more