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Heaven's Breath


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A fascinating look at how wind has shaped the world and humanity as we know it, affecting all apsects of human and natural life--from geography to political history, plantlife to psychology, and biology to philosophy.

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Lyall Watson(1939-2008) was the author of such well known books asSupernature,The Romeo Error,Gifts of Unknown Things,Lifetide,Lightning BirdandWhales of the World. He was a producer for BBC television, a zoo director, expedition leader and the Seychelles Commissioner on the International Whaling Commission.


"Collectors of curious bits of information and odd statistics will find Heaven's Breath a gold mine. . . . Mr. Watson discusses the wind's role in geology, plant and animal evolution, cultural history, trade, health, mythology, art, literature and language." --Patricia T. O'Conner, The New York Times

"This is the kind of book that answers dozens of questions first arising in childhood and lingering unresolved until there was Lyall Watson. . . . Watson's pot-pourri of wind poetry, wind jokes and wind facts is so diverting that one hardly minds losing the thread now and then." --Dennis Drabelle, The Washington Post [Heaven's Breath], both perplexing and delightful, is appealing precisely because of how unclassifiable it is. . . . [Watson's] sense of scale, connection, and surprise invite a deeper consideration of our entanglement with our surroundings. If wind is an original, invisible force around us, a force that's nearly spiritual, perhaps it can help us think more carefully about radical shifts in climate, and about the interstitial truths that can't always be grasped by blandly stating the facts." --David Wallace, The New Yorker

Watson's masterpiece is an erudite and enjoyable compendium of wind-lore, science, myth, history and the occasional joke. . . . Watson delights as much in retelling myths and in conveying the religious significance various cultures have invested in this silent, life-sustaining emissary as he does in cataloging how various plants pollinate with the assistance of the wind." --Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Light "A comprehensive and fascinating study." --Bernard Levin, The Observer, Bernard Levin's 1984 Book of the Year "A book which fascinates, delights and stimulates with a thousand fascinating facts." --Daily Mirror

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