The Museum of Lost Wonder
Jeff Hoke
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The Museum of Lost Wonder
Jeff Hoke
Weiser Books
159 pages
August 2006
rated 5 of 5 possible stars
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Open the big, thick, glossy pages, and inside you find a virtual museum of lost, yes, lost wonders awaiting your discovery – or as the case may be, your re-discovery. Ancient wisdom abounds in this cabinet of curiosities filled with things to look at, ponder on, and actually make yourself, as you go on a journey that takes you through eight “exhibit halls,” each representing one of the eight stages of the alchemical process, and each filled with mind-bending text and pictures and a do-it-yourself project to boot.

The author, Senior Exhibit Designer for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and an obvious lover of museums and exhibits that provide a feast for the eye, mind and spirit, has created something that will be treasured – a book that is so much more than a book. As you turn each page, moving from one “exhibit hall” to another, you find yourself slipping into an altered state of consciousness where the mind expands and the spirit soars. Perhaps the purpose of this book is to achieve the alchemical process of turning base metal to gold in a symbolic way, turning our creative spirit to gold as we go from the Hall of Technology to the Mausoleum of History to the Gallery to the Arts and all points in between.

Informative, thought-provoking, filled with images that transcend ordinary experience, The Museum of Lost Wonder is nothing short of a treasure that belongs on your coffee table, where everyone can experience it. Or better yet, on your nightstand, where you can take the journey over and over again just before sleep, your mind filled with questions about who we are, why we are here and what our purpose is - questions that just may be answered in the symbols and images of The Museum of Lost Wonder.

A phenomenal book.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Marie D. Jones, 2006

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