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The Anthropocene Reviewed, by John Green

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franzi_'s review against another edition

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4.75


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caseythereader's review against another edition

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5.0

 - Honestly, who gave John Green the right? Who let him make me experience the fullness of the human condition via audiobook?
- So many essays in this book had me thinking, oh this will be silly. Rating the Disney Hall of Presidents? This will be a laugh. Yes, but then he'll take a roundabout through a seemingly unrelated anecdote and suddenly you're crying while commuting to work.
- I do think a lot of the power of this book comes from the fact that Green wrote much of it during the early stages of the pandemic, and he frequently references that in the text. But it also adds more layers to the essays, helping to bring our current moment into the context of the whole of human history (whether or not that makes you feel better about the state of things...I'm not sure).
- I do recommend the audiobook for this, as Green puts so much emotion into his reading. Plus, you must hear the call of the extinct bird included in one of the essays. I hear the print version has additional notes, though, so I'll be checking that out as well. 

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scruffie's review against another edition

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5.0

I could hear John's voice in my head while reading this book. Simultaneously sad and anxious and hopeful, it felt very comforting to me; exactly what I needed right now. Medium-paced most of the time, but also slow-paced, on occasion.

Probably like others before me, I give the Anthropocene Reviewed five stars.

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ntvenessa's review

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5.0

A scrapbook of memories reflecting on the life of one, John Green, in the modern world, the Anthropocene. Indeed, it is phenomenon forward, and analyses our human relationship toward such phenomena. It shows that the distance between person and subject is not so distinct as we imagine, and that our experiences of a thing, contribute to the thing, as well as vice versa. It is about the density and quality of connection hewn in the modern world. The writing is deeply introspective and generous, and the themes broadly applicable to all. The essays capture the experiences of events spread across the spectrum of a life well lived, and indeed still living. Ultimately it is a beautiful, hopeful read, and personally my favourite Green novel. I rate The Anthropocene Reviewed five stars.

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samvansam's review against another edition

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5.0

Spoilerearth loving earth.
i give the anthropocene reviewed five stars.

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toofondofbooks_'s review against another edition

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5.0

the irony of leaving a 5 star scale review on a book that has so much commentary on the 5 star scale is not lost on me, and initially I didn't want to review it for that reason, but I loved it so much that I felt like I should tell you all that. My relationship with John Green as an author goes back almost 10 years. I've always loved his books, his Tumblr posts, and to borrow a line from TFIOS, I would read his grocery lists. Through his fiction he has always captured humanity through such a beautiful and sometimes ugly lense and so when I found out he was coming out with essays on the human condition, I was signed up immediately. It did exactly what I thought it would do. It brought me comfort, made me cry, made me laugh...specifically the chapters "Auld Lang Syne" and "Sycamore Tree" really got me. He reviews things that seem trivial like Dr. Pepper and then a chapter later he's talking about the meaning of life itself. I've really never read anything like this and at the same time I feel like I've read this before because the person who wrote it seems so familiar to me.

For its insight, it's softness in this rough time, and for keeping me company when I can't sleep at night, I give John Green's the anthropocene reviewed 5 stars.

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elissareadsbooks's review

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5.0

i laughed. i cried. i felt like when you spend five hours having deep conversation with a good friend, come home happy and exhausted, and collapse on the couch to take a nap. this was so special and personal and my heart feels like it cracked open a bit.

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