A surprisingly compelling read about the history, science, politics and future of the banana Like your fruit locally grown? Enjoy variety? Prefer non-GMO food? Like bananas?
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And this is a shame, really, for its quotidian details as much as major events that shape our lives. It turns out that bananas have a fascinating back story. What a disappointment, then, that this book falls short of doing it justice. Now I know that weaving back and forth between several narrative threads is de rigueur these days, but Koeppel goes to extremes.
The page central story is broken up into thirty-six chapters, some a mere three pages long. The result is an overly choppy, jittery narrative with capricious sequencing.
On and on it goes, jerking back and forth among narrative threads, some of which are only peripheral to the two major components of the story, either of which would have been a book in its own right.
These two aspects are the political and the agricultural. Do I need that image in my mind as I slog through the details of gene splicing? Or, for that matter, do I need this? I a teenager, just beginning to write, searching for inspiration. Last, but not least, I wish Koeppel had used footnotes to cite his source material.
Banana, by Dan Koeppel
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