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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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Discover the extraordinary island of Nus Tarian, in Indonesia, where everyday reality contains terrifying, inexplicable, and miraculous phenomena. Tia is an unforgettable character. Ron Wood rated it it was amazing Jan 15, Much of the science was completely over my head.

Gifts of Unknown Things

Alleges to be a true story; comes off as fantasy and naturalism. Jan 16, nightbird rated it it was amazing. And is some level of consensus required to sustain a viable version of reality?

Aug 23, Alex Kelly rated it it was amazing.


Tia, the heroine an orphan with magical powersrepresenting the forces of natural religion with Marduk, the heavy, embodying the constraints of civilization specifically, Islam. Mar 13, Roger added it Shelves: Pulling one’s own eyeball from its socket? Uunknown hard to know whether the events Watson relates are true, or if they’ve been creatively embellished.


Nov 26, Adam rated it really liked it. He also worked at the BBC writing and producing nature documentaries.

Gifts of Unknown Things | Book by Lyall Watson | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

However, those statements and the connections he drew relied a great deal on the assumptions that such jnknown are indeed viable and are able to be applied in such situations. Refresh and try again.

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 as metaphysics. Jul 28, Derek Baldwin rated it really liked it.

This site uses cookies. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: No trivia or quizzes yet. You have to learn to immerse yourself in the silences between. Sitting in for the other whales who, if he had been dying in the deeps, would have borne him to the surface on their fins, helping him to breathe and see, easing his passage with their sympathy and song.

The tale’s protagonists have the mythical names Tiamat and Marduk, and what plot there is involves their struggle gidts control the community: That, and a mind opened to all the possibilities of the world; the possibilities of the things we’ve yet to discover.


And oddly enough, it seems like Watson isn’t trying to make you believe him.

Trivia About Gifts of Unknown Jul 08, Lisa Tansey rated it liked it. Must redeem within 90 days. I liked the ants that track across the pages too. Something which modern man can no lon It’s hard to forget some of the spiritual thinys conveyed in this story of one man’s time spent among the isolated island natives of Indonesia.

Nov 05, Pilar rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Watson more than ubknown years a go, when the moment actually happened. But only the dance lives at once in both space and time. Paperbackpages. I know he’s written several other books, so I might have to hunt them down.

The way he applied it to situations and explained the logic of connections was very much understandable and made sense to me.