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Castle of Wisdom [Paperback]

Rhett Ellis
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Sparkling Bay Books (Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967063108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967063102
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 13.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,023,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Disappointing 9 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Very simplistic & child-like in conception & execution - doubtless part of its appeal for those who would like nice, simple (and, therefore, ultimately meaningless) answers to complex questions. Hyped as a great allegory drenched in 'profound' symbolism, essentially it's conservative Christian preaching thinly disguised as fiction. Definitely worth avoiding.
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2.0 out of 5 stars i didnt enjoy it 5 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
i did read the book but was disappointed with its content..i don't know much about allegory but i couldn't pick out one character from another as to what it was representing..nothing like pilgrims progress.......im not overly versed in literature so it might be me.i purchased it 2nd hand at a very good price so it might be worth a go or borrow from the library.i could not say that i would recommend or reread it....not for me im afraid sorry
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing book 30 Jun 2005
By A Customer
I expected a philosophical story, but "Castle of wisdom" is more like a preaching from a fundamentalist christian. Homosexual bashing is what irritated me the most, but the author does not stop there. Just read the part where he explains why Darwin is an idiot and the truth lies in creationism.
Besides, the "Master-Truth" is nothing but a few quotes from the Bible, and the "mysterious" ending to the hero's journey is entirely disappointing.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A journey that takes a wrong turning. 17 July 2004
By A Customer
This story starts and ends well, using the age old method of a journey to convey the search for life's meaning and purpose. Sadly, the writer represents a very narrow and fundamentalist form of christianity and readers should be aware that the book includes passages of homophobic diatribe and gross negative stereotyping of gay men. Don't give this book to your children, except as an exercise to show how bigoted and misled some people can be.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book to Read! 7 Feb 2001
By A Customer
"Castle of Wisdom" is a Christian book of exceptional quality. I read it in one long sitting. Once I got into it, I could not stop myself. It is decidedly different from most religious or spiritual books. The story line is clever. The writing is not polished, but the descriptions of characters and circumstances are compelling. I especially liked the part where the main character, Elias, is trapped for something like six months on a barren plain with no company but his horse. He loses his mind, but he recovers it in a strange way. I rank this book among my favorite, and I hope to read more by Mr. Ellis.
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