by Peter Wohlleben

This is my book for Book 48 – A Microhistory

What a wonderfully interesting book this is. I experienced it as an audiobook and loved the narrator as much as I loved what he was narrating. It felt like I was being told secrets.

And in effect that is exactly what this book does. It tells you secrets. Amazing secrets about trees; about how they communicate and support each other, about how they care about each other, and how we create awful circumstances for them to live in.

I have always loved the idea of the slowness of trees and in this book a lot is explained about how and why trees live in the slow lane, and how that affects how they experience and react to life around them.

They are amazing life forms sorely misunderstood by humans because we do not slow down enough to see the effects of what we do, or how trees deal with situations. We do what we do and move on, assuming effects not immediately observed do not exist. Wait 4 decades and the trees will show you.

Also, the fact that they support each other by literally sending sick trees food makes me extraordinarily happy.

This book is packed with facts and new information that will make you gape in amazement and want to share it with everyone.

Throughout I kept thinking that finally the philosophical question “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” has been answered. A tree cannot fall and not be heard – the other trees hear.

An interesting, educational and delightful food well worth reading.

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