The Story of B (Anglais) Broché – 3 novembre 1997
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But start with Ishmael.
After reading criticisms of this book, I felt that I had to write an apologetic review, for Quinn's view is not only historically and anthropologically accurate (so far as history and science now claim to know), but - irregardless of petty academic quibbling - Quinn's vision is essential for the future of this planet, and all its abounding and beautiful life.
Number one. People have said that The Story of B is a novel without references, and so it therefore lacks academic standing. True, it is a novel, and there are no references. However, if you one has any understanding of the many academic disciplines Quinn draws from, references are not a problem. For example, Quinn states that human population is a function of food supply, and that curbing policies like education and contraceptives matter little. The real solution to our booming population, with its booming consumption, and booming environmental impacts, is to stop increasing food supply every year. Need a scientific paper to validate this? Check out "Human Population Numbers as a Function of Food Supply" (March, 2001) by Russell Hopfenber and David Pimentel, two leading agricultural and population scientists. Other facts about native cultures or the history of Western Civilization can easily be retrieved any modern encyclopedia. (By the way, Quinn used to make a living writing such encyclopedias.)
Other people have said that Quinn's treatment of religion is one-sided and flat wrong. It should be noted here that Quinn was raised in a religious environment, and that he even entered monastic life for a spell. True, the book does level criticisms against any faith that seeks redemption of self at the expense of planet and community; any faith that seeks to deny that the universe is beautiful, mystical, and richly complex. However, for those not adverse to thinking about the meaning of their faith and perhaps revising their faith in light of different views and facts, this book is no antichrist. I personally found the religious critique secondary to its deeper message, which, when accepted, applies to anyone of any faith.
Lastly, for those of you who have not already been initiated into Quinn's writing, don't be afraid to start with The Story of B. Although the second part of a trilogy that begins with Ishmael and ends with My Ishmael, The Story of B works well as a standalone. For more info on Quinn and his project, check out his website, the Ishmael Community at Ishmael dot com. The New Tribal Adventures group is great fun, too. You cannot go wrong with this author. A must read. Get up on it, and write the glObe with your thoughts.
Nonetheless, there are some deep and interesting lessons about animism and tribalism, from which he seems to draw upon extensive anthropological and historical readings (although I haven't read enough background around the book to gather how his interpretations would stand up to intellectual scrutiny).
Overall, despite not agreeing with all the arguments and his often Darwinian moral deductions, I'd highly recommend it.
But I would certainly recommend reading Ishmael first, or even checking out some of it on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA6804F6B390F5261
If you haven't read Quinn I recommend any of his books. All of them are very enlightening.
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