An interesting premise to look at an interesting question: is natural really better? The subjects examined seemed like a bit of a mish-mash, though the author had some personal connection to all of them. Not all of them were handled with as much detail though, especially later on in the book, and some relevant questions were overlooked, especially when looking at health/healing and how pigs are raised. An ok book overall though, and it can certainly lead to pursuing some topics further.
I decided to read through some of the newest books published by Bloomsbury Group, and A Kid for Two Farthings by Wolf Mankowitz was one I was able to get from the library firsts. Unfortunately, it was probably the one I liked least, but so it goes.
The story focuses on a kid growing up in a rough part of London, where he makes friends with a tailor and other businesspeople in the neighborhood. His father is posted to Africa, and he wants to find a way to bring him home. When the tailor tells him stories about unicorns making wishes comes true, he figures this is his chance, and when he finds a one-horned goat in the market, he thinks he’s found a real unicorn.
There’s a sub-plot about the tailor’s assistant boxing to win some money, and between the two, I just sort of got bored with the story. I finished the book, but I sort of wish I’d quit earlier. Ok, but not really a book I’d recommend.