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This review is from: The Rough Guide to Unexplained Phenomena (Paperback)
This book is a very good introduction for a newcomer to the subject of mysterious phenomena. It is an amalgamation of two oldish books, and this is reflected in the fact that few of the incidents cited date from after 1982. Don't let that put you off: although a lot can happen in 20 years, you could argue that nothing really advances in this field: more sightings; more elusive clues; more samples of yeti fur that seem to have been mislaid; more camera shutters jamming. Perhaps Mr. Fort was right to maintain an attitude of amused detachment. One of the best things is that references are given to many other good books, so you can explore each subject in greater detail. The content is a good balance between depth and breadth. I particularly enjoyed the sections dealing with teleportation, talking animals, woodwoses (England's own 'wild men') almas and yetis, and children brought up by animals. The remarkable claim is made that children raised by wolves can develop glowing eyes, just like their adopted family. Best of all are the manifold sightings of Noah's Ark, supposed still to be on top of Mt. Ararat. You don't have to be a believer to enjoy this volume; it will appeal to anyone interested in the more recondite purlieus of human experience.