Seventeen Ways to Eat a Mango: A Discovered Journal of Life On an Island of Miracles

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This extraordinary novel in the form of a "discovered journal" tells the story of J., a young botanist who is sent to the remote tropical island of Sakahara to explore the possibility of installing a mango cannery for a multinational corporation. J. has every intention of collecting the necessary samples, writing a report, and returning home to collect his paycheck. But a series of "chance" encounters with an island sage names Katchumo send these plans totally awry. The old man's Buddha-like habit of distilling perfect pearls of wisdom forces J. to question everything from his association with the canning company to his perception of the world around him. With humor and compassion, Katchumo teaches J. the mysterious beauty of simple pleasures as he reveals the seventeen ways.

An enchanting story about one man's discovery of life's elusive secrets, SEVENTEEN WAYS TO EAT A MANGO inspires us to embrace the magic in our own lives.

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Joshua Kadison has been a traveling musician since he was sixteen years old. Recordings of him performing his storysongs have sold millions of copies around the world; his songs "Jessie," "Beautiful in My Eyes," and "Picture Postcards from LA," have become classics. He wrote and illustrated this novel, his first book, on the road and at his home in Santa Barbara.

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Singer-songwriter Kadison, who sold three million records since his Painted Desert Serenade debut album in 1993, proves himself a more-than-capable fabulist-illustrator in his first book aimed at the adult and young-adult markets. Hand-lettered on faux weathered brown wrapping paper, the slim tale passes itself off as the journal of J., a genetic engineer who, disguised as an entomologist, is visiting a tropical island to investigate the possibilities of setting up a large-scale mango industry there. After renting a hut, he goes out to look things over, only to meet a seated Buddha-like figure, the potbellied Katchumo, who seems to know everything about him, including his fears and desires. Katchumo points the path to wider knowledge. At the outset, he tells the narrator that there are 17 ways to eat a mango. In the passing days, he reveals these ways, and each relates to J.'s human character. For example, a sour mango, rather than be cursed, can be mixed with sweetenings, vinegar, ginger, cinnamon, cardamon, and so on to make delicious sour mango chutney. Generally throughout, the mango lends itself to a mystical understanding of human nature. Not much story but rich in feeling, delightful. As movie folk say, looks as though it has legs. It may last for years as a bookstore perennial. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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