"My schoolroom is on the Great Rift, and in this schoolroom there is a line of children, heads shaved like prisioners, muscles showing through their rags. They are waiting to peer through the tiny lens of a cheap microscope so they can see the cells in a flower petal.
Later they will ask, 'Is fire alive? Is water?'"
- Paul Theroux, SUNRISE WITH SEAMONSTERS (Penguin)