Nonfiction, 2019 | 210 pages
This is perhaps the most poorly written and boring book I have ever navigated. She uses ridiculously obscure words when easy words would suffice. Her sentences run on, with numerous clauses. And there is very little feeling, virtually no emotional connection in her writing. It is facts, pure and simple.
I wanted to learn something about the topic, “The indigenous fight for environmental justice” so, after many pages, I finally figured out how to read As Long as Grass Grows. I simply read every word without attempting to comprehend the complexity of the sentences, knowing that some of the information would sink in.
Eventually, much of it did. I DID learn by reading this book; have some ah-has; entertained some new perspectives; discovered some history I knew nothing about; have some new views about colonization, a word I am still attempting to truly understand. And this is worthwhile. However, I find history to be most valuable as context to assist us in addressing current situations and planning for and envisioning the future. Gilio-Whitaker does not address present-day implications or possible actions until the 8th and final chapter; the last 15 pages of the book.
This was a huge disappointment for me.
While there is much to learn about the history of colonization of the indigenous peoples, this book does not stand alone. If you read it, you will learn new perspectives on history, but you will be left powerless about what to do with your new knowledge. Perhaps there is a broader, more action-oriented book on this topic.