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The Adventures of Mr Marigold (ebook)

A modern classic: The Adventures of Mr Marigold

A modern classic: The Adventures of Mr Marigold by Michael Tobias

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January 01, 2010
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The Adventures of Mr Marigold
a novel by Michael Tobias
Ebook Edition: January 01, 2010
Published by Zorba Press
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Ebook edition (Format: PDF): $ 8.00
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Michael Tobias’s breathtaking novel, The Adventures of Mr Marigold, first published several years ago in New Zealand, and illustrated by the great nature photographer Craig Potton (who also did still imagery backgrounds for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “King Kong”) will now be published for the first time as a downloadable PDF ebook, and made available in this format to readers everywhere in the world. Writes electronic publishing guru Michael Pastore, “This is a thrilling event, and globally significant, for literature, for the environmental movement and for electronic publishing. In every sense an epic, this extraordinary novel comprises more than 1,800 pages with 625,000 words. The book is larger than Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and almost three times the size of Melville’s Moby Dick.”

“Tobias, an internationally renowned and thoroughly unique author, filmmaker, explorer and ecologist, has created more than 100 films and some 40 books. ” said Pastore. “His fiction and non-fiction works have stirred controversy and praise by artists, critics, environmentalists, and readers worldwide. He has been described by historian Rod Nash as ‘The Carl Sagan of the Humanities.’ Tobias’s many colleagues and admirers are as diverse and numerous as his works. They include Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen of the Fourth King of Bhutan), Emmy-winner/actor/director William Shatner, Jane Goodall, ethologists Dr. Marc Bekoff and Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, the late scientist Marc Lappe (who called Tobias the modern-day Thomas Malthus in a cover story in the L.A. Times,), Ingrid Newkirk (co-founder and president of PETA), the former Director General of UNESCO, Dr. Federico Mayor, the Jain Guru Chitrabhanuji, the late Eleni Kazantzakis, widow of Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, and poets James Merrill, William Everson (Brother Antoninus) and the great Greek translator/poet, Kimon Friar, Polish film star Marek Probosz, and the stars of Tobias’s last three feature film documentaries, the ‘Mad Cowboy’ Howard Lyman, international family planning expert Robert Gillespie, and President of Conservation International, Dr. Russell Mittermeier.”

For more than three decades Tobias’s works have inspired us to care for our precarious planet, and established him as one of the great artists and ecological visionaries of our world. What is especially unique about Tobias’s work — not just in Marigold, but in the coming ebook exhibition of seven other Tobias works never seen by the public that will be released subsequently by Zorba Press — is the physical, allegorical reality that galvanizes Tobias’s unique genre of hybrid fiction and non-fiction.

About The Novel

In ancient Greece, the works of the blind poet Homer — the Iliad and the Odyssey — humanized the gods, and nobly educated every citizen. Michael Tobias —in one book of nearly 1,900 pages — has given us a masterpiece equally significant for our own lives and troubled times. Through his idealistic hero Murillo (“the Commander”) Marigold and his earthy sidekick Sannazaro, Tobias meditates on everything that matters: poetry, art, philosophy, alternative technologies, environmentalism, human wrongs, animal rights, sustainable living, and utopias future and past. And what style! Passage after passage of inspired prose, from a mind on fire that sees every moment and encounter as holy and unique.

A middle-aged orphan wakes up in his pajamas somewhere in New Mexico and, by remarkable turns discovers he is heir to one of the world’s greatest fortunes. It matters little to this proverbial book-worm, until he suddenly realizes that he may have what it takes to save the planet. Traversing every continent, traveling through time, in search of bizarre clues, outrageous solutions and hilarious, poignant exploits, Murillo Marigold and Sannazaro encounter every act of God, of misery, of jaundiced thinking and transcendent hope. Their relationship is both comic and profound; and the scores of characters Tobias brings to life an entire constellation of humanity in all its endlessly lost, precious and precarious reality.

The discovery of a lost tribe in Tibet and the highest waterfall in the world, the creation of a doomed Antarctic utopia, a new species of fungal infestation that threatens to destroy the world sprouting from the summit of a glacial nunatak in Greenland, an outrageous revisionist history of the American Southwest, the reincarnation of Cervantes, a trip across Central Africa to an unexplored civilization of bats, a sea-journey to a lost archipelago of immortals, the highest tree in the world, under which drugged poets have re-invented the world, a combat on the streets of Hong Kong to save thousands of chickens from slaughter, a Jain orphan from the slums of India who emerges in the guise of a true Messiah….

These are just some of the highlights of Tobias’s endlessly provocative novel that acts upon the reader at levels that simply do not happen, as a rule, anymore; a kind of language that was presumed lost with the 19th century, obfuscated since the time of the Italian poets of the Renaissance; a literature of detail and sweeping ideas that elicits more Joyce and Dickens than Bellow, Mailer or Pynchon. A thought-provoking work brimming with extraordinary ideas, as moving in its hymns to nature as the very best in W. H. Hudson and Henry Thoreau. As to the uncanny fate of Mr. Marigold, the novel has an ending that is all but unique in the literary world, completely demolishing, enlivening, any and all predictions, laying claim to a new myth for a new century.

Like the writing of Cervantes, Tobias’s work glows with humor and surprises and wild adventures. The heart of the book is the author’s deeply personal sublime vision, imbued in every line: the sacredness of all living beings, the reverence for life, the passionate commitment to social and environmental change. It is this enormous, challenging beatific vision that reminds us who we are, and points the way to what the new world could one day be — that makes Mr Marigold a modern classic, at once entertaining, nourishing, revolutionary, and profoundly wise.

“I love and admire this novel,” Pastore said. “The Adventures of Mr Marigold ranks with Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Kazantzakis’s poetic masterpiece,  The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel, Rabelais’s Gargantua and Pantagruel, Cervantes’s Don Quixote, and Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past — not only in size, scope and ambition, but in vision, vitality, and style. But it is also very much its own kind of monster, a work of 25 years that combines centuries-worth of nuance, detail, quirk, and tragi-comic masterful storytelling.”

Release Schedule

January 01, 2010: PDF ebook edition
Available from the publisher’s Lulu Storefront: [ URL TBA ]

About the Author

Michael Tobias and Friend, Namibia

Michael Tobias and Friend, Namibia

Michael Tobias is a global ecologist, author, and filmmaker. He obtained his Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness at the University of California-Santa Cruz and has lectured widely.  In 1996, Tobias received the “Courage of Conscience Award” for his commitment to animals. In 2004 he was awarded the Parabola Focus Award for his lifetime body of work. Tobias is married to artist, ecologist, and co-author and filmmaker, Jane Gray Morrison.

Tobias is the author of 40 books (including several edited anthologies of both fiction and non-fiction). Some of his better-known works include: World War III: Population and the Biosphere at the End of the Millennium, Preface by Jane Goodall; Voice of the Planet; A Vision of Nature: Traces of the Original World; Nature’s Keepers: On the Frontlines of the Fight to Save Wildlife in America; A Day in the Life of India; Deva; After Eden: History, Ecology, and Conscience; The Mountain Spirit (co-edited), Mountain People (ed.), Voices From the Underground: For the Love of Animals; Deep Ecology (ed.) Environmental Meditation; Life Force: The World of Jainism; Jan & Catharina; Rage & Reason; Donkey – The Mystique of Equus Asinus (co-authored with Jane Gray Morrison); A Naked Man; Chateau Beyond Time; Sanctuary -Global Oases of Innocence (co-authored with Jane Gray Morrison); Dubai -24 Hours; Kinship With Animals (co-edited); The Soul of Nature (co-edited); A Parliament of Science: Science For the 21st Century (co-edited); A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium (co-edited) and A Parliament of Souls: In Search of Global Spirituality (co-edited).

Tobias has written, directed, and produced well over 100 films–including TV series, documentaries and dramas, most pertaining to environmental, cultural, social or scientific issues. Some of those works include the 15-part series A Parliament of Minds, the 28-part series A Parliament of Souls, the ten-hour dramatic miniseries Voice of the Planet, and such other works as Ahimsa: Non-Violence, Black Tide, Antarctica: The Last Continent, A Day in the Life of India, A Day in the Life of Ireland, World War III, The Sky’s On Fire, River of Love, America’s Great Parks, Element One, The Hydrogen Age, The Cost of Cool, Cloudwalker, Kazantzakis, and three new feature films, Mad Cowboy, No Vacancy and Hotspots, a six-hour trilogy for public broadcasting.

About Zorba Press

An independent publisher in Ithaca, New York, Zorba publishes works by such writers as Michael Pastore, Dorothee Krahn, Rae Foley, and renowned author and filmmaker, Michael Tobias.

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