Nafanua: Saving the Samoan Rain Forest (2019)

Nafanua Saving the Samoan Rain Forest Paul Cox describes his research and adventures in Samoa work that led to him being hailed by TIME magazine as a hero of medicine and awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize Working closely with the n
  • Title: Nafanua: Saving the Samoan Rain Forest
  • Author: Paul Alan Cox
  • ISBN: 9780716735632
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nafanua: Saving the Samoan Rain Forest
    Paul Cox describes his research and adventures in Samoa, work that led to him being hailed by TIME magazine as a hero of medicine and awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize Working closely with the native healers, Cox studied traditional rainforest remedies and is credited with finding natural drugs that can be used in treating AIDS, discovering a rare species of flyingPaul Cox describes his research and adventures in Samoa, work that led to him being hailed by TIME magazine as a hero of medicine and awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize Working closely with the native healers, Cox studied traditional rainforest remedies and is credited with finding natural drugs that can be used in treating AIDS, discovering a rare species of flying fox, launching an international campaign to save a 30,000 acre rainforest and helping to rebuild a village destroyed by a hurricane Cox s respect for the traditional villagers and his excitement and perseverance make Nafunua a story of scientific and personal discovery.
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    1. My dad recommended this book to me when I expressed an interest in well researched books Ecology, biology, and environmental science are some main interests of mine, so I found this book quite interesting.At first it was slow going We get the introduction, some background on the author, and then several pages about Samoa s culture and legends I didn t love the beginning, but it was well written and interesting enough As I got into it though, Nafuana became powerful to me I was disgusted by human [...]

    2. Nafanua is the story of Paul Cox, a BYU biology professor and a renowned ethno botanist who moved to Samoa for one year to study the plants used by traditional healers there, in an effort to find a potential cure for cancer and AIDS This is an amazing true story of how this one little family he takes his wife and three young children become a part of the local community, save an endangered species, stop the logging of the rainforest, and survive a devastating hurricane I appreciated the balanced [...]

    3. Ethnobotinist Paul Cox enters Samoa with a unique idea Instead of trying to bring western medicine to the ancient tribes of the island, perhaps it is better to find the power in their ancient remedies Attaching himself in the most remote village to the most ancient of their healers he searches for cures to some of the world s most costly diseases Battling loggers, politics, and unaware of other dangers coming the clock is ticking for him to make discoveries that will change the world.Paul infuse [...]

    4. Maybe it is because I love Samoa, it s culture and its wonderful people, or that I know some of the people mentioned in this book, or because I have visited this rain forest and walked across the canopy bridge, or that I have visited this school, or that this is an important book on a very important subject that the author is passionate about, that I loved book Dr Paul Cox s love of Samoa and it s culture, people, animal life, and it s unique value in the world of healing plants used for medicin [...]

    5. Read as research for current WIP God of Fyre Mountain LOVED this book Paul Cox went to study medicinal plants in Samoa, hoping to find a cure for cancer Ends up living in a rural village w his family for a year and becoming part of the tribe Anyone see Medicine Man w Sean Connery Actually learned the language became a chief Ended up finding a promising new drug for AIDS Took on commercial loggers spearheaded a movement to save a rare species of flying fox Oh, AND having part of the rainforest de [...]

    6. This is a beautiful story of humanity, love, sacrifice, and integrity A famous botanist travels back to Samoa, where he served an LDS mission as a youth, now with his young family in tow to research and study indigenous plants and natural healers in hopes of finding cures for cancer, after he watches his mother die a painful death from breast cancer What happens in the ensuing years is phenomenal the culture, the people, the plants and animals it is magical to read of the seemingly insurmountabl [...]

    7. The true account of an ethnobotanist motivated by skills learned from an LDS Mission to Samoa, his medical background from BYU and Harvard I think and personal loss to find a cure to cancer in the rainforest and from Samoan elders In this quest, his faith and resolve are tested by his government, the local economy, and then by nature itself in this tale that can turn nearly anyone into an environmentalist.

    8. A neighbor in Wisconsin loaned this to me one day out of the blue We had never even talked when she handed it to me and said I would enjoy it and be interested in the authors background So, the authors LDS and a BYU Progessor How did she know any of my background A little mystery I never solved I did really like this book though Now I m going to read it again to put all the facts straight

    9. Oh, man I loved this book From start to finish it was a wonderful ride As Cox is a friend of my parents , I knew him to be a brilliant man, but his account of living with, and even becoming accepted as one of the natives he lived amongst is a fascinating tale and so well written This story is a testament to what one lone person can accomplish with the right determination and will I highly recommend this book for something completly different.

    10. At first, I tought this book was going to be boring However, I learned about what one American family does in order to survive the trials that they are faced with in a country where they only know some of the people You will be crying by the ending of the story I believe a BYU professor is the one that wrote this book.

    11. This amazing tale follows Paul Cox on his journey to Samoa and the role he played in saving the rain forest and, consequently, the culture there As a scientist with a strong religious faith, he is guided by the Spirit to bless and be blessed This book is way above the usual spiritual path accounts, an entirely different and authentic point of view Highly recommended.

    12. I quite enjoyed this book It s a personal narrative based on true accounts, apparently We read it for an English class It was really quite interesting I d recommend it You get to learn a lot about Samoan culture of the time, and also about animals particularly flying foxes and plants The writer is searching for a cure for cancer, but well, I shouldn t spoil that.

    13. I read this book in high school after my sisters attended a lecture by Cox at BYU It s a memoir of his experiences as an ethnobotanist living and studying in American Samoa with his family In college I became good friends with his daughter, Mary, and I recently reread Nafanua I was fascinated once again and impressed by his ability to write a compelling narrative intwined with his research.

    14. I just heard a review of this book Dr Cox lives nearby and tells the story of the saving of the rain forest in Western Samoa An exciting book important for our oldest three children because we lived there 1970 1973 Taylor claims citizenship.

    15. I found this book particularly interesting as an insight to the Samoan culture It was well written and I loved that the author admitted that no matter how he wrote this book, it would always be skewed to tell his story and not that of Samoa.

    16. Interesting true story by a local author and professor at BYU First 4 chapters were a bit slow but it picks up after that The story has all the elements that make it interesting.ion for his work,love for the Saman people, heartbreak, success, disaster, tragedy and renewal.

    17. Paul Cox has captured the true beauty of the rainforest and the people of this beautiful island Savaii which is the biggest island in Samoa.The translation of the formal matai language he got to learn and excelled at was an inspiration to all.

    18. Fantastic book, important and fascinating on many levels Cox is a wonderful storyteller and a force for good.

    19. Paul Alan Cox spent time with his family in a village in Samoa, learning from the traditional herbal healers and searching for plants that might be active against cancer.

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