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Published January 22, 2020

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Answer to the last Wordplay:

Question: V I T S Of L

Answer: Variety is the spice of life

Meaning: Doing a variety of different things makes life interesting.

This sentiment traces back to at least the first century BC, as recorded in the writings of Publilius Syrus: "No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety."

Publilius Syris was born in Syria around 85 BC and was brought to Italy as a slave, where his wit and talent won him the favor of his master who freed and educated him. Today, he is remembered for his moral sayings (known as sententiae in Latin), but in his time he was likely best known as a talented mime and improviser.

Samuel Johnson expressed a similar thought in one of a series of 103 essays bylined "The Idler" in the Universal Chronicle, a weekly magazine published in London between 1758-60. All but about a dozen of these essays were written by Johnson:

"The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be rekindled by intervals of absence."

The expression was first recorded in the exact form we use it today in Book Two of The Task, a poem by William Cowper published in 1785:

Variety’s the very spice of life,
That gives it all its flavour.  We have run
Through every change that fancy, at the loom
Exhausted, has had genius to supply,
And, studious of mutation still, discard
A real elegance, a little used,
For monstrous novelty and strange disguise.

The Adventurer's Son
"A brave and marvelous book. A page-turner that will rip your heart out."
--Jon Krakauer
The Adventurer's Son
The Adventurer's Son
by Roman Dial
(18 Feb 2020)
368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN-13: 9780062876607
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In the tradition of Into the Wild comes an instant classic of outdoor literature, a riveting work of uncommon depth. The Adventurer's Son is Roman Dial's extraordinary account of his two-year quest to unravel the mystery of his son's fate.

In the predawn hours of July 10, 2014, the twenty-seven-year-old son of preeminent Alaskan scientist and National Geographic Explorer Roman Dial, walked alone into Corcovado National Park, an untracked rainforest along Costa Rica's remote Pacific Coast that shelters miners, poachers, and drug smugglers. He carried a light backpack and machete. Before he left, Cody Roman Dial emailed his father: "I am not sure how long it will take me, but I'm planning on doing 4 days in the jungle and a day to walk out. I'll be bounded by a trail to the west and the coast everywhere else, so it should be difficult to get lost forever."

They were the last words Dial received from his son.

As soon as he realized Cody Roman's return date had passed, Dial set off for Costa Rica. As he trekked through the dense jungle, interviewing locals and searching for clues—the authorities suspected murder—the desperate father was forced to confront the deepest questions about himself and his own role in the events. Roman had raised his son to be fearless, to be at home in earth's wildest places, travelling together through rugged Alaska to remote Borneo and Bhutan. Was he responsible for his son's fate? Or, as he hoped, was Cody Roman safe and using his wilderness skills on a solo adventure from which he would emerge at any moment?

Part detective story set in the most beautiful yet dangerous reaches of the planet, The Adventurer's Son emerges as a far deeper tale of discovery—a journey to understand the truth about those we love the most.

The Adventurer's Son includes fifty black-and-white photographs.

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