Reviewed by Poppy J.
Naked in Eden is Robin Easton’s journey of self discovery as she explores the Queensland’s northeastern coast, at a place called Cape Tribulation in the Daintree Rainforest of Australia. Robin Eason grew up on Lake Pennesseewassee in Norway, Maine, and traveled to Australia for adventure and to find herself. Her husband Ian, a native Australian whom she met in Salt Lake City, was along for the trip.
Robin’s account is filled with color, interesting local dialects and the vibrant scenery of Australia. She looks for the courage that lies within herself, and she finally finds it – in the eyes of predatory animals intent on possibly making her their lunch! There is non-stop excitement, and the readers will barely be able to catch their breath as the story moves from one exciting escapade to another.
Ian is a “character” within a character. At first, he is a bit of a wild card, always up for getting and going away. Robin seems to be his side-kick, then she moves tenderly into the role of his protector and savior all rolled into one. In Australia, Robin discovers that she is much tougher than she had originally thought herself to be. Through all of the adventures, injuries and mishaps in the jungle, Robin perseveres. I admire her commitment to embrace the natural world around her, and to decide to “really live” for once in her life.
She understands that her journey is meant to reverse the disconnection we all feel with society and with each other. The journey into the rainforest shows her how her spirit connects her to all living things – where the animals can hear her most intimate thoughts and the predators can respect her countenance. She realizes that they allow her to live another day by their grace, and not the other way around.
I recommend this book to any age and audience.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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