2 June, 2020

The author, again following his well worn travel path to Indonesia, found while exploring a Banda Island nutmeg forest, a fallen split nutmeg and inhaled the aroma and….”For an instant, I imagined I held in my fingers a passkey to history.”  Offered is an exciting and well woven account of the spice trade from the Age of Discovery onward.  This is a “story about people associated with exploration and colonization in Asia” in pursuit ” of the fabled holy trinity of spices—cloves, nutmeg and mace”.  The remote “spiceries” of the Moluccas “soon became the world itself, prompting unprecedented explorations and discoveries, adventures and misadventures, which form the narrative of this book.”  This is an enjoyable, well researched and artfully presented read.