Wednesday, 14 November 2012


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Today as I was reading a book I just started "Monkey Magic: The Curse of Mukada", something occurred to me. That is how much of the world are we destroying each day, maybe not even intentionally. In this book, the characters highlighted about how sometimes destruction that actually works against us, is hidden from our view. Quoting from the book:

"The sun bear, proboscis monkey, clouded leopard, the Borneo elephant and rhinoceros, countless species of plants - they all face extinction because of greedy people."

-Monkey Magic: The Curse of Mukada, Chapter 9; Page 94

we can see that our indirect actions affect these species and more! The main character in the book is a girl of 11 years of age who through her perseverance and determination stops an evil businessman from clearing the rainforests of Borneo and destroying the wildlife there and her beloved Orang Utans.

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The author of the book; Grant S. Clark, writes this touching story in a very descriptive and engaging way. Here is one of my favorite passages from the book:

"There was a tap on my shoulder. I didn't want to open my eyes but the tapping was firm and insistent. My left eyelid felt like it had weights attached to it, but I forced it open and jumped out of bed. I was no longer dreaming, or was I? With both eyes now wide, I glared at the creature cowering nervously in the corner of my room, the creature that had tapped on my shoulder."

-Monkey Magic: The Curse of Mukada, Chapter 4; Page 38

The thing I find interesting about this passage is that the author describes the scene really well, but at the same time still manages to not give too much of the story away. The author also talks about the small things that are happening, such as how the girl's reluctance about waking up, despite having strong urge to do so.

My only disappointment about the book is that I feel that the ending is a bit abrupt, as the last chapter does not show as much detail and feeling as the other chapters, especially compared to the introduction. But other than that I feel that this is a highly recommended read for all ages, as it brings both fact and fiction together in a well crafted piece of writing!

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