London: Head of Zeus Ltd, 2018. Hardback with dustjacket, 343 pages. New.
Wonder is the impulse behind scientific enquiry, philosophical speculation, artistic creativity and spiritual yearning. It is the most fruitful of human senses, firing our curiosity; inspiring us to hope and to dream. In That Sense of Wonder, Francesco Dimitri explores the nature of wonder through many areas of human experience, from the natural to the spirit world, from science to storytelling. He argues that, faced with the demands and stresses of everyday life, our ability to experience wonder can dry up, bringing stress and unhappiness in its wake. Drawing on his own life experiences, Dimitri shows how this sense of wonder can be revived and re-awakened, allowing adults to be more fulfilled and better to face the challenges of modern life. Eloquent and thought-provoking, That Sense of Wonder is both a call to view the world in a different way, and an exhortation to unlearn habits of mind and body by which we close ourselves off from this foundational human experience.