Caspar Henderson - The Book of Barely Imagined Beings

by: Artur Dziedziczak

Why this book?

I started to read it quite like two months ago as a fresh ending to last year. Sadly due to a lot of stress, I was only able to finish it in January during a trip to Bonaire.

Short review

It’s a really good book that delivers much more than it promises. It not only builds great stories about animals that seem imaginable but also touches on a lot of topics related to philosophy and human nature. I would totally recommend reading it to anyone who is curious about the current state of humanity and would like to learn more about really weird animals.

Good quotes

I won’t put quotes here since the book was in Polish but I’ll share some things I learned from it.

First of all, dolphins can masturbate with other animals and have orgies. This was mind-blowing to me.

Next is the Axolotl which has amazing skills in regeneration. It can not only regrow parts of its body but also internal organs. Mindblowing! Also, the history of how we humans treat these animals is sad but interesting. There was a chapter where the author described how cruel we as humans were to whales. It was a really dark part of the book because the author described hunts for whales with drastic details which even caused me to drop the book for a couple of days. I didn’t want to ruin my holidays.

But the book as I mentioned before is not only about animals. A lot of its content touches on topics of science and philosophy. In many places, author cite the works of other people who suggest the best way for humanity to achieve success and how to prevent our civilizations from collapse.