Gifts of Unknown Things by Lyall Watson – Discover the extraordinary island of Nus Tarian, in Indonesia, where everyday reality contains terrifying. A British biologist’s rich but far-fetched telling of his initiation into a world of “” natural knowledge”” on a volcanic Indonesian island. Gifts of Unknown Things. A True Story of Nature, Healing, and Initiation from Indonesia’s Dancing Island. By (author) Lyall Watson. Gifts of Unknown Things.

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This book discusses a number of unusual phenomena which evade the proof of scientific method.


He served as director of the Johannesburg Zoo, an expedition leader to gifta locales, and Seychelles commissioner for the International Whaling Commission. God knows what brings me to tha It took me months to finish it.

He also worked at the BBC writing and producing nature documentaries. And oddly enough, it seems like Watson isn’t trying to make you believe him.

My favorite book of all time. I wonder if this stuff could be true Discover the extraordinary island of Nus Uknown, in Indonesia, where everyday reality contains terrifying, inexplicable, and miraculous phenomena. There was a problem adding your email address.

The only weak point of the book is when the author unknpwn to examine these phenomena from a scientific stand-point and then digresses into discussions of things like dousing and spoon-bending.

From the two books I’ve read by Watson so far, he wrote from a balanced and grounded perspective, about some really fascinating and spectacular things some more widely accepted than others.


I just got an odd mental image of myself dressed in Amazon Warrior attire, bow and arrow at the ready, on the trail of wild books Apparently Watson is a biologist who writes about science as well This layll was so interesting and engaging, I had a hard time putting it down. This is a story about belief. If you take nothing else from the book, at least you’ll have that.

GIFTS OF UNKNOWN THINGS by Lyall Watson | Kirkus Reviews

Thus, we are all connected. When you start reading something as non-fiction, and approach something that might be outside the realm of widely acceptable truth, it is easier for the reader to accept those occupancies as happenings of nonfiction when they are small at first.

Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Trivia About Gifts of Unknown These were elements I had gifta much harder time with. Something which modern man can no lon It’s hard to pf some of the spiritual messages conveyed in this story of one man’s time spent among the isolated island natives of Indonesia. Refresh and try again.

Awtson Preview See a Problem? Gifts of Unknown Things Trade Paperback He watso born in Johannesburg as Malcolm Lyall-Watson. Singing one of the soft, sad songs in the old language. Email required Address never made public. Yet knowing that it is not a fictitious story, the reader constantly push into questioning would it be possible, can it be oh please just one more miracle attitude to the very last page.


But the real main character of the book is a young girl raised in the traditional animist beliefs of the island who is an extraordinary dancer, is able to perform psychic healing, and plays with the idea of reality as we know it.

What a lovely book! She was keeping him company in the dark hours of his long and lonely death. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Much of the science was completely over my head. Lists with This Book.

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The fascinating thing is that these truths are the same facts which are known to all quickly disappearing native cultures around the world. His scholarly thinking history as biologist grounded him to have a logical explanation on every natural phenomenon he experienced before.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: But only the dance lives at once in both space and time. Dr Watson fascination of one peculiar young dancer of the island, named Tia —btw, I love her name – captivated him to see the beauty of inner-relationship between human thjngs nature.