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Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I don't know if Howard Zinn endorsed many novels during his lifetime. However, when the bright colors of Sedlak's Anarcho Grow beckoned me to lift it from the shelf at my local bookstore, I flipped it over, saw his endorsement and I was sold.
However, I think Howard may have undersold it.
Anarcho Grow: Pura Vida in Costa Rica by T.A. Sedlak
Anarcho Grow is a tremendous book. I don't think it's just "an engaging story of love, political intrigue and utopian hope. Anarcho Grow's protagonist teaches a small community in Latin America how to grow pot. He then transports it to the U. There are a lot of people trying to better communities, but the thing they seem incapable of doing is generating income, something essential for betterment. What if a group of politically-minded individuals used Sedlak's model and went to Northern California where they can cultivate marijuana outdoors freely?
It's not uncommon for individual outdoor growers to make a hundred thousand dollars from their crops. If you're looking to create change in your community, perhaps you should get some community members to work on a grow operation with you in Northern California, make a million and see what types of change you can create for your community with those resources.
Obviously, I took a lot from Anarcho Grow. Perhaps to you, it will be just an interesting story, "imminently readable and emotionally compelling," in the words of Zinn. However, I hope there will be others who see it as inspiration. A lot of good could be done if the methods of Anarcho Grow were put into practice.
Just watch out for those pesky agents! Anarcho Grow will take you to beautiful foreign lands, dazzle your senses and put new ideas in your head. Is it worth becoming an American enemy to help village farmers live more prosperous lives abroad? How far should one go for change? And what obligation does one have to their loved ones and their birth country as they try to exact change? You'll be forming answers to these and numerous others through this intense book. One person found this helpful.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Sure has a 'first novel' feel to it. I don't get the feeling that Sedlak is much of a writer, but he has an interesting tale to tell. Plus, the xray vision of what Costa Rica is like for many expats and 'viejos verdes' is pretty right on. I sped through my initial reading of Anarcho Grow, so I just recently read it again.
It gave me another chance to appreciate the vivid imagery, humor, and tension present throughout the story. I've been to Costa Rica a couple of times, and the author has really captured the spirit, as well as the landscape, of this gorgeous country. It's also a real page-turner, even the second time around! This is a story about education: Heard about the book from the author on a flight from Costa Rica. Bought it on-line and really enjoyed it.
Anarcho Grow is a good book. The story's interesting and it's well written. However, it is the author's first book, and an author's first is not usually his or her best.
- Marys Parrot and Tarmi Learns A Lesson;
- See a Problem?;
- Growing Up When Times Were Simple.
I enjoyed Anarcho Grow but expect that Sedlak's next book or books will outshine it. Anarcho Grow will entertain you and may teach you a thing or two, definitely worth reading, but I greatly anticipate the author's next book because the first is rarely the best.
Anarcho Grow: Pura Vida in Costa Rica
While it was a good tale, I wanted much more See all 19 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on October 7, Published on January 8, Sedlak was born in Southwest Wisconsin and lived in various places before moving onto the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While earning a degree in English and linguistics, he spent his summers traveling in Spain and Latin America.
The idea for his first novel, Anarcho Grow, came to him after a summer of volunteer work in Costa Rica. After college he plugged away at it while working as a substitute teacher and then moved to South Korea with his girlfriend who teaches English.
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He currently resides in Madison. Sedlak's stunningly vivid portrait of Latin America. A world of iridescent birds, fruit farmers, tight pantsed ticas, and piratas.