I’m reading the most amazing book, The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Color Purple which was also made into a wonderful film. This book, The Chicken Chronicles, is not a manual on keeping chickens but a history of how keeping chickens led her to greater self-understanding. Almost ‘Zen and the Art of Keeping Chickens!’
I’ve never read The Color Purple and, to be honest, wasn’t at all sure I was going to enjoy reading this book. I picked it up intending to skim through and found myself captivated. I was five chapters in before I knew it and an hour had vanished
Of course, it’s heavily influenced by the setting, the deep south of America and by the experience of African Americans but this isn’t, as far as I can tell, delivering a political message, more a spiritual one.
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