Have you ever wondered why some people are child prodigies while others hit their genius in middle or old age? I have often wondered about this. Spark looks into this phenomenon through the exploration of the lives of twelve geniuses from Pablo Picasso to Grandma Moses. These stories offer “New insights into the relationship between brains, talent, willpower, and circumstance, illuminating the history, science, psychology – and humanity – of genus.” Each chapter in the book is a biography of a genius in chronological order by the age in which their genius ignites.
I found this entire book to be both enlightening and fascinating. I love to read biographies of great people. I really liked the fresh angle of this book focusing on when and what caused the spark of genius to ignite. Some of my favorite people that I have read a lot about were included such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Maya Angelou, but there were many others such as Pablo Picasso, Alexander Fleming, Peter Mark, etc. that I had previously not known much about. I enjoyed learning more about all of these people and loved the fresh perspective from author Claudia Kalb.
“What role do our personality traits play in the livelihoods we pursue? Are we born with talent or lured by passion? How do we discover the spark that fuels our souls? And how do we know when we’ve found it?”
“Creative people in the arts – poets, writers, painters, sculptors – often emerge from troubled pasts.”
Overall, Spark is an inspirational book for people of all ages.
Book Source: Review Copy from Hachette as part of the TLC Book Tour. Thank-you! For more stops on this tour, please check out this link.