Take Me to the Source: In Search of Water

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Colorless, tasteless, odorless, ageless: water is both the simplest thing on earth and the most complex. We cannot live without it, yet water-borne illnesses kill 6,000 children a day. It is the ultimate renewable resource but we pollute it on a heroic scale. In this enthralling voyage of discovery, Rupert Wright sets out to discover exactly what water is and why it plays such an important role in history, culture, art, and literature. He penetrates to the heart of the developed world supposedly bringing piped water to the poor, and visits a bishop in Brazil willing to give up his life to save a river and a child in India who waits by the roadside every morning for a bucket of water. Why, if water is so valuable does nobody want to pay for it unless it comes in a designer bottle? Is it really the oil of the 21st century? Will we all soon be fighting over it, or can it lead countries into cooperation rather than conflict?

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Rupert Wright is a journalist who writes for publications including the Financial Times, the European, and the Washington Post. He has also worked for the World Bank and with the United Nation’s Betterworld Fund, and is the author of Notes from the Languedoc.

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This intriguing but uneven study of water—and its material and symbolic necessity to human life—divides investigations into major themes as diverse as water's curious chemistry, its role in the history of pathology and torture, its widespread bottling and branding, and its inspiration to philosophers and artists. Moving from Kenya's flower industry to India's heavily polluted Yamuna River, the narrative settles into a perfunctory, slapdash rhythm (augmented by the author's jarring, self-consciously literary flourishes tagged onto the end of each chapter), but at its best it is a fascinating lens for viewing human progress and imagination. There is an underlying politics to the desultory journey as well, and Wright, a former water consultant to the World Bank, eventually gets practical with a list of 10 commandments for water projects. Readers interested in such policy specifics will necessarily wade through much else besides, and may balk at the terse treatment Wright gives to complex issues. General readers in search of a lively and diverting survey will find this wide-ranging discussion often surprising if only fitfully engaging. (Apr.)
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