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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

To Every Thing There Is a Season
Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
Blue Sky Press 10/98 Hardcover $15.95
ISBN: 0590478877


The walls that divide people have gotten taller and thicker. The barriers between men and women, old and young, gays and straights, First World and Third World, haves and have-nots continue to proliferate. Yet the dream of unity persists.

To Every Thing There Is a Season weds the sacred verses from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible with the breathtaking artwork of illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon. Here is a global family album of the universal rhythms of life depicted through 16 different cultures and eras including Celtic, Egyptian, Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Ethiopian, Chinese, Australian, Russian, and Inuit. "A time to weep, and a time to laugh" is illustrated with paintings of times of drought and times of plenty in the style of sixteenth century Mughal manuscripts. "A time to get, and at time to lose" is silhouette drawings of shadow puppets from Thailand. The pictures for "A time to keep silence, and a time to speak" are in the style of Australian aboriginal bark paintings; the people observe the animals, then tell stories of what they have seen.

In their fortieth book together, the Dillons have created a masterwork for young and old alike. The Weaver of Oneness wants us to be united with each other — neighbors with neighbors, communities with communities, religions with religions, nations with nations. To Every Thing There Is a Season celebrates in vivid, sensuous terms the kinship of all peoples through time and space in this age of global spirituality.

 

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