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Harvest, by G. L. Davies
Hey guys, hopefully you all had a Happy New Year.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?
I’m starting a Psychology degree with the Open University in February, so am counting it as one of mine.
Book-wise: today, I’m reviewing Harvest: The True Story of Alien Abduction, by author G. L. Davies.
The book follows the paranormal ordeals of the Pembrokeshire people in Wales. One young woman’s experiences in particular are focused on, a lady who has here been named Susan, for privacy purposes.
The book explores Susan’s experiences, resulting emotions and observations of things she had no way of explaining to the everyday people around her.
Two people feature for the majority of the book, Gavin (G. L. Davies), a long-time paranormal investigator, and Susan, the woman being interviewed about her paranormal experiences.
The interviews were conducted by Mr Davies with a great deal of empathy, curiosity, and an open mind. It is left to the reader to interpret the events Susan claims to have experienced.
For what it’s worth, Susan seemed stable, having great insight into her personal experiences and what they might mean. In addition, the investigation held my attention well as more details of Susan’s experiences were revealed.
All I can say is that I found myself at least partially convinced that what she had experienced was real.
The book begins with an interesting quote from Arthur. C. Clarke:
‘Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.’
This quote covers both sides of the investigation argument: readers may choose to believe the account they are reading, as I began to, or they may believe that there is no such thing as otherworldly beings. The choice, from the start, is left up to them.
I liked many things about Harvest, one being the descriptive nature of Susan’s account. Her trauma from the various things she experienced is evident from the start, lending her a certain credibility in my eyes.
The book is well structured, with the interviewer demonstrating a consistent level of empathy toward Susan, the interviewee. Their discussions regarding Susan’s experiences were thought-provoking, with a genuine level of compassion being shown between two human beings, something we rarely see between people nowadays.
Two quotes struck me as I was reading Harvest, one of which concerns how we view strangers, and the other concerning our general knowledge of the world we live in.
1) ‘No-one cares about a stranger’s life, and when they do, they assume the worst.’
2) ‘Never be afraid to question everything you think you know.’
That second quote really hit home with me. So often in life, we will accept whatever we are told as the unequivocal truth. Maybe it’s time we began to question things more, to delve deeper into our understanding of the world and ourselves.
Overall, Harvest was a thought-provoking and at times startling read. Reading it was an immense and terrifying experience in itself. When I finished it, I sat in silence for several minutes, trying to imagine what Susan must have gone through.
My Rating: 5 stars. A gripping, absorbing exploration of one young woman’s terrifying ordeal.
Recommended: to readers who are interested in asking big questions about life and the nature of our world.
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