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`All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes.',
This review is from: Book of the Damned: The Collected Works of Charles Fort (Paperback)This book contains all four of Charles Fort's books: `The Book of the Damned'; `New Lands'; `Lo!'; and `Wild Talents'. `By the damned', wrote Charles Fort, `I mean the excluded. We shall have a procession of data that Science excluded.' And in these four books (or processions) we have a feat of recorded events of bizarre, strange and inexplicable anomalies for which science could not fully account. And what are these recorded events? They include frogs falling from the sky during storms, monsters, teleportation, poltergeists, and floating islands. They include people who disappear; people who reappear; and people who spontaneously combust.
This is an engrossing compilation of miscellaneous attention-grabbing events, approached with both belief and scepticism, and blended with scholarship and humour.
How to read this massive book? I'm pleased that I took Jim Steinmeyer's advice to read `Lo!' (the third book) first. By the time I got (back) to `Book of the Damned', I was totally engrossed. Fort's writing is humorous, cynical and witty. In Fort's view, it is not possible for humans to fully know or define the universe. I especially like his statement that: `There is something wrong with everything that is popular.' Whether or not this is always true, popularity certainly does not guarantee `truth'.
The collection of oddities compiled by Charles Fort is fascinating and it is possible to simply enjoy the descriptions without wondering about how and why these events took place. Fort's floating `Sargasso Seas' in the sky as a means of sucking in and dropping of frogs (and other objects) is as good as any other explanation for frogs falling from skies during storms. The fact that we can't explain all events doesn't mean that we shouldn't look for explanations to examine, accept or reject. Now that I have read Fort's writings, I am keen to read more about Fort himself.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2012 21:35:55 BDT
Would you please tell me how you located "Lo'"? There are no chapters and I have scanned the book for Lo' with no success - I wanted to read as you and the person you referred to, suggested. Thanks for your time, if you see this...cynthia
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2012 05:00:57 BDT
Jennifer Cameron-Smith says:
Hi Cynthia, I don't have a copy of the book to refer to, but my memory tells me that the four separate books are marked. Good luck, and enjoy your reading. Jennifer
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