Gifts of Unknown Things by Lyall Watson – Discover the extraordinary island of Nus Tarian, in Indonesia, where everyday reality contains terrifying. A British biologist’s rich but far-fetched telling of his initiation into a world of “” natural knowledge”” on a volcanic Indonesian island. Gifts of Unknown Things. A True Story of Nature, Healing, and Initiation from Indonesia’s Dancing Island. By (author) Lyall Watson. Gifts of Unknown Things.

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It is a haunting, beautiful, captivating book that opens up the vistas of human experience shut off to us by religion and modernity. Reading the book raised many profound questions, chief of which, for me, might be: It’s hard to forget some of the spiritual messages conveyed in this story of one man’s time spent among the isolated island natives of Indonesia.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Add to Cart Add to Cart. Oct 31, Sarah Cartwright rated og it was amazing Shelves: This was my favourite book of all time when I read it in Alleges to be a true story; comes off as fantasy and naturalism. The fascinating thing is that these truths are the same facts which are known to all quickly disappearing native cultures around the world. Lyal clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


She was singing to him. Books by Lyall Watson. It just got tedious to me. Much of the science was completely over my head.

Gifts of Unknown Things

Watson and his crew discovered they had been carried nearly four hundred watsno off their original course. Jul 28, Derek Baldwin rated it really liked it. For example, the children on the island all seem to be able to “hear” color. My first reaction when I reached the last page was burst into tears. Apr 17, Dylan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I really enjoyed reading this book. Watson is a brilliant and talented writer.

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Cancel reply Enter your comment here What a lovely book! I want to savor every page.

Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Extraordinary tale of transcending preconceptions. But the real main character of the book is a young girl raised in the traditional animist beliefs of the island who is an extraordinary dancer, watzon able to perform psychic healing, and plays with the idea of reality as we know it.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Jan 06, Harry Owen rated it it was amazing. Can we become liberated by alternative consensus? Aug 23, Alex Kelly rated it it was amazing.

Gifts of Unknown Things: Biologist and paranormal seeker Lyall Watson is storm thrown and laps up on a name-changed Indonesian island in the early 70s.

A feeling, that no matter what, we are all particles of one universe. Watson’s boat is unexpectedly caught in a typhoon of incredible ferocity.


There is plenty to raise an eyebrow at here, but with some suspension of disbelief, one might gain from it an enhanced sense of the world’s mysteries and of the untapped reservoirs of human sensitivity and will.

It is hard to believe that this story is true, but even harder to believe that Watson made it up. But then he goes on and on and on explaining or trying to the phenomena in scientific terms.

Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience. Only for those really into Indonesia or dying culture magicks.

watsom Jan 17, Leah rated it really liked it Shelves: Be the first to ask a question about Gifts of Unknown Things. Tia, the heroine an orphan with magical powersrepresenting the forces of natural religion with Marduk, the heavy, embodying the constraints of civilization specifically, Islam. His scholarly thinking history as biologist grounded him to have a logical explanation on every natural phenomenon he experienced before.