Book Review – Adam’s Navel

by Michael Sims (Penguin) ISBN: 9780141003610

Adam’s Navel is a fascinating book that looks at the human body as it is portrayed in literature, mythology, commonly used phrases, biology, history and psychology.

The author’s interest in the human body is that there are both commonalities and adaptations across generations, diverse cultures and ancient species. The privilege of our “luxurious physicality” where we can experience life through the senses and fully immerse ourselves in the moment, is something we take for granted.

In this examination of the “many separate yet interdependent parts of the body”, Sims looks at the parts of the body that are visible, not the inner workings. It is like a travel diary of the human body.

I found this book to be unique and interesting. I learned new facts, fables and mythologies. It is certainly a new way to look at the body.

Amanda Blankfield-Koseff

Posted on: 30th November 2016