Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Recent Reads - Humans

I was so impressed with the humorous side of Humans A to Z by Matt  Haig, so when I came across The Humans by the same author I couldn't resist reading it.

You can read from the back cover "There's no place like home. Or is there?" and what is inside the book will for sure leave an impression on you. I don't just mean the story line and how easily and lightly is written, but there is something personal in this book. Writing The Humans was a salvation for the author himself, it helped him to fight with panic attacks and other darker sides of the human soul (if one is truly exists?!).

The Humans by Matt Haig is a story about an alien who found himself on the Earth in body of a professor Andrew Martin. He has an important mission to accomplish and while he is on it he is exploring humans, their habits, values, personalities and (what is nice) his views about human race change.

This is a great opportunity to see the humans from the other side we never gave a thought. Who are we and what are our values and what we actually do with our time on Earth.

Here are some quotes for you to enjoy:

"Basically, the key rule is, if you want to appear sane on Earth you have to be in the right place, wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and only stepping on the right kind of grass."

"If you think something is ugly, look harder. Ugliness is just a failure of seeing."

"You are lucky to be alive. Inhale and take in life's wonders. Never take so much as a single petal of a flower for granted."

"That was the price of human civilization -  to create it, they had to close down the door to their true selves. And so they are lost, that is how I understand it. And that is why they invented art: books, music, films, plays, paintings, sculpture. They invented them as bridges back to themselves, back to who they are. But however close they get, they are forever removed."

and my the most favourite quote

"Don't aim for perfection. Evolution, and life, only happen through mistakes."

The Humans by Matt Haig

Have you read this book or any other by Matt Haig?

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