Reviewed by Dennis Patrick Slattery
From Parabola Magazine: Myth, Tradition & the Search for Meaning
This is a fascinating book about the relationship between organisms (both animal and vegetable), ecosystems, and cultural emergence. Andreas Suchantke, trained in botany and zoology, taught science for two decades at the Waldorf School in Zurich. His primary mentors, besides the natural order, are Goethe and Rudolph Steiner, from whom he gleaned the truth of 'the exactness of the imagination,' as translator Norman Skillen writes in a superb introduction....
His main point is that there are formative principles at work in the world's diverse environments that override the expression of traits in individual species. We consumers of nature must learn to imagine these formative principles and not continue using nineteenth-century industrial models to deal with the natural landscapes.... Numerous drawings of landscapes, birds, animals, insects, succulents and ferns indeed, all forms of vegetation are beautifully rendered and add much to the book's overall effect. Finally, Suchantke's fourteen-page listing of references is truly superb and offers further reading on nature and psyche for years to come.