Top positive review
31 October 2018
Carl Sagan has surpassed all my expectations with this book. In this book, he has given a beautiful, in-depth knowledge and description of our home, our world, and all our neighbors. But he did not stop there! Apart from vividly taking us through the whole Solar System, hopping from planet to planet, tip-toeing over their moons and the beautiful belts which some of the planets wear, he goes on to explain our minuteness and insignificance, occupying not even a microscopic fraction of our Galaxy (leave aside the whole universe), and oh, how so badly we want this whole universe to revolve around us!
I was just swept off my feet when I read:
You spend even a little time contemplating the Earth from orbit and the most deeply engrained nationalisms begin to erode.
He goes on to tell how we, the insignificant little toddlers, have just managed to hatch out of our little, blue, world floating in the immense expanse and darkness of the universe and already have started thinking of ways to alter the 'infinite' when we can't even protect our own little home. He not only asks some important questions but gives a nice outlook and perspective to get them answered before we go on and destroy the natural course of the universe.
He has asked a very thought-provoking question, which was relevant then, decades ago, when this book was written, and even more now... today, in 2018 when I am reading this book and our world is on the verge of attempting to populate some other neighbor worlds like Mars.
Can we, who have made such a mess of this world, be trusted with others?
Anyhow, just like I said for the book - 'Cosmos', the same goes for this - If you look up at the stars and wonder about the universe, this book is for you. This is not a novel, so don't pick it up like one... It's a book about your home, and your neighbors.