4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review
Since time immemorial, man has mooted many different theories on the origins of our universe. Now, many years later, things, like the Big Bang theory, you may have assumed to be true might be false, thanks to a revelation advanced by Zarqnon the Embarrassed in his book Of Zots and Xoodles. Of utmost importance, though, is that if this cosmic event has been shrouded in mystery ever since, it’s not the “creator” to blame but the incredulity of the numerous witnesses who had been invited to the event to help proclaim it.
Apart from the witnesses (the “committee” or the “crowd”) and the “creator,” Theodil, we have other players, like the “child” and the “Internuncio.” It appears the “child” gets Theodil’s juices flowing while the “Internuncio” does nothing but announce to the “crowd” what has been created, even though the “crowd” is in attendance the whole time! Before time, space, and matter, I got to learn how Theodil conceptualized the first simple life forms before progressing into more complex ones (Xoodles).
All in all, Theodil emerges as a character who is patient and long-suffering whilst dealing with the dissenting voices. He avoids destruction as it proves nothing in itself; instead, he realizes that that which opposes “is necessary for the balance.” As the narrative unravels, it dawned on me that the “crowd’s” dissension is not limited or focused on anything in particular. Sadly, unlike the “child,” due to the hardness of the heart, the “crowd” will never understand the ways of the “creator.” Moreover, it amused me to discern who the “crowd” is.
So, in a derisive tone, Zarqnon exposes the foolhardiness of the “crowd.” While the “creator” is demonstrating his technique, for example, some of them (unknowingly?) face the wrong direction; not to mention, they are already distracted even before the show begins. Nevertheless, this doesn’t stop them from expressing a strong opinion on anything touching on creation.
As it was, Zarqnon’s writing is inventive and with a cryptic message, and it can easily be dismissed as illogical. Far from the truth, however, Zargnon’s writing is engrossing because it engages the mind logically. As was the case with me, it may take more than one reading to understand what he’s driving at. Luckily, this is easily doable as the book is short.
As I finish, there’s absolutely nothing I disliked about this book: it’s well-edited and the subject is stimulating and contemporary. As a result, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
At only 47 pages long, this is one of the best philosophical books I have ever read. I recommend it to those who want a book to stimulate their intellectual muscles and help them in some soul searching.
Of Zots and Xoodles
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon